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In April 2009 I began my Ashtanga practice in a tiny shala in Williamsburg NYC with Elise Espat. She encouraged me to travel to the main shala and in September of the following year I made my first trip to study with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India.

That first year in Williamsburg and my first trip to India radically changed the arc of my life. I knew I had found something special and I’ve been practicing daily ever since. It was the beginning of five extended trips to the main shala to support my practice and in March of 2017 I was given the blessing by my teacher Sharath Jois to teach. 

Since 2013 I have worked closely under the guidance of my mentor Angela Jamison. Annually you will find me taking spending time with her at her shala in Ann Arbor Michigan. A big part of developing the program in Buffalo has been a result of the generosity of Angela and her students. 

Since 2014 I’ve been working with a steady heart to bring the practice of Ashtanga Yoga to my hometown Buffalo, NY. Daily practice, maintaining a close relationship to my teachers, study, and meditation inspire the ways in which I teach.




Malissa began working as a certified doula and prenatal yoga instructor in 2013. Currently she works as a birth doula, prenatal yoga teacher and hosts birth workshops at AYB.

For more information about doula services and workshops click here.