About Mellisa

“When your passions and purpose are greater than your fears and excuses, you will find a way.” – Nishan Panwar

Yoga Teacher Mellisa Nichol
Mellisa Nichol, Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Childhood for me was a series of traumatic events which lead me into my teens and early adult years depressed and drowning in a sea of addictions and antidepressants. Deep down, I was desperate to discover a feeling of lasting happiness, free from the constant, deep sadness felt. By 27 years old I was at my darkest lowest point as a woman, wife and mother. One day, I was invited to my first yoga class and this was when everything changed!

The deep peace and inner joy I experienced in that first class was unlike anything I had felt before. Yoga and meditation quickly became a regular practice. Just as quickly, my life began changing in the best possible ways. Within a few months of practice I decided to leave an unhappy marriage, quit my job to start my own business, and venture on a life changing solo trip to the jungles of Costa Rica.

I went on this trip seeking a deeper meaning to this life. I could finally see that I had a higher calling in life and wasn’t sure what exactly this was. I spent a week in the jungle being guided by an amazing yoga teacher; with each class she guided me through I could feel the layers of sadness and despair peeling away, leaving me in a state of pure bliss. I returned from that trip knowing I was meant to share the teachings of yoga and help others the way yoga had helped me.

Since returning from that trip I have successfully completed 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher training under guidance from Mirta Romberg at Sunshine Yoga Academy with roots in the Himalayan Tradition of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. With a desire to deepen my yoga knowledge I have since taken a dream come true trip to India to study and practice with accomplished yogis in an ashram at the base of the Himalayas as well as nearing completion of a 300 Hour Yoga Therapy course.

The practice of yoga and meditation has brought me out of the darkest, hardest times of my life. It has empowered me to successfully discover freedom from addictions and antidepressants, living a peaceful, content life that I dreamt of for years. Recognizing that every hardship, struggle, and trauma I have lived through has brought me to this perfect moment now. Feeling blessed to be fulfilling my soul purpose of helping, empowering and inspiring others to go inward, to discover that self-love, the true essence of our nature to heal ourselves from the inside out.

Mellisa Nichol

Certifications

  • July 2015 – 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training
  • July 2015 – Reiki II Attunement
  • April 2017 – Ancient Art of Healing Energy Attunement
  • Sept. 2017 * Expected Completion* – 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification
Balance, peace, contentment