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In April 2009 Malissa began her Ashtanga practice in a tiny shala in Williamsburg NYC with Elise Espat. In September of the following year she made her first trip to study with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. It was the beginning of five extended trips to the main shala to support her practice. In March of 2017 she was authorized by her teacher Sharath Jois to teach.
Since 2013 Malissa has worked closely under the guidance of her mentor Angela Jamison. The mentorship contains in it a beautiful and long term relationship with the shala in Ann Arbor and the incredible students therein. Annually you will find Malissa taking an extended stay at Angela’s shala in Ann Arbor Michigan as an apprentice.
Malissa has worked with tireless passion to bring the practice of Ashtanga Yoga to her community in Buffalo, NY. Daily practice, maintaining a close relationship with her teachers, study, and meditation inspire the ways in which she teaches.
After developing close relationships with mothers in thier daily practice Malissa began working as a certified doula in 2013. Currently she teaches weekly pre natal classes and hosts movement based birth education workshops.
When Malissa is on call you may find her phone out and on silent on the back window sill.