Melissa is a Taoist yoga teacher, mama of a spry toddler, and a spiritual healer. She has studied yoga, meditation, TCM, and alternative medicine since 1999. Her lessons are engaging, informative, and encouraging, affording students the ability of tapping into their personal power to transform themselves. Melissa had the pleasure to study with master yoga teachers Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin, and explores Taoist qigong under the Dantao Dragon Gate Lineage with Shamanic Qigong practitioner German Sanmateu.
Kathryn D. Leary is a writer, adjunct professor and inspirational teacher of Bikram Yoga and other forms of Hatha Yoga, who lives and works in New York City. She has BAs in Communications and Administration from Antioch College, an MBA in Marketing from Stanford University, and a lifetime of cultivating spiritual wisdom and growth. Kathryn is a meditation teacher and recently became a celebrant, performing weddings and other celebrations of life.
Kacie Chang draws on her history as a modern dancer and her personal experience of the benefits of yoga during pregnancy and beyond to inform her teaching. Her yoga and pilates classes focus on increased body awareness, alignment, strength and biomechanics. Kacie studied with Shelley Gilbert and Laura Staton. She received her yoga certification from BabyOm in 2004 and has taught at All Bodies Yoga Pilates, NYU’s Coles Gym, Artcetera, Urban Monster, Dancing Dialogue, Yoga Mandali and the Shala Yoga House.
We are donating to the The Yoga Alliance Foundation’s scholarship program. The scholarships provide funding for yoga students and teachers to enroll in further training so they can go on to share yoga with others and give back to their community. Previous recipients of the scholarship program include a second grade teacher who wants to bring yoga to her low-income students and their families, a doula who exclusively serves women of color who have experienced trauma and oppression, and so many more unbelievably inspiring, hard working yogis.
Part of our mission is to support women across all communities. Women everywhere can be in need of mental and physical support, but unfortunately don’t always have the access or the means. That’s why we donate 50% of our monthly membership fee to a charity promoting mental health and wellness in women. We want to do our part to open up access to meditation and yoga.
If you don’t want a membership but would like to show your support to Mama Soul, please consider donating to our fundraising campaign. Find out more info on our Go Fund Me page.