Melissa knew from her first savasana that yoga would become an integral part of her life, as well as an important part of her work. It wasn't long after that first experience in which the path of teaching the practice opened up before her. Trusting her heart in a new way allowed her faith and courage to walk forward; to be vulnerable; to be seen. Melissa completed her 200 hour teacher training at The Bhava Yoga School. She has since completed over 700 hours of teacher training with a myriad of teachers and styles of yoga such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Tantra, Recovery, and Trauma sensitive. Melissa earned her E-RYT 500 so that she can pass on to others called to the path of teaching yoga. Melissa teaches a heart centered class infused with mantra, creative sequencing and movement, an understanding of Hindu archetypes, prana, music, a deep connection to the breath, and an invitation to dive into the inner light we are all uncovering.
Niraj Yoga was established by Melissa Lopez Landers in the winter of 2015. The goal is to offer the community the many healing benefits of yoga practice, as well as the highest quality of instruction in an economical way.
Yoga is a pilgrimage back into the self...the heart. Melissa discovered that pilgrimage while taking her first yoga class. The experience of being invited into herself and to forgive, sense, feel and simply be, altered her in a profound way. Yoga became a means to connect with the rhythm of the beating heart...to breathe...to bathe in prana and healing, and find a moment of freedom in the mess and beauty of living a human experience. She believes that everything happens in kramas (or stages) and in order to find alignment, one must trust and step out of alignment. She provides a diverse, encouraging environment and helps people get to their personal destination, wherever that may be.