We bend so we don't break. Hot Flow Yoga at The Modern


Melissa has been a group fitness and private instructor for over 15 years. Her own personal experience, coupled with extensive knowledge from her education and trainings, allows Melissa to spread peace, light and good health to others.

Melissa first developed a passion for dance and fitness as a young girl. After graduating from Ithaca College with a business degree and a minor in dance and theatre, she landed a job in advertising. Melissa later obtained certifications from Mad Dog Athletics and Schwinn. She also completed several New York City marathons as well as spin events and cycling races raising money for various charities.

She eventually left the corporate world to raise her three children and begin a new career in the health and fitness field. After years of teaching spin and serving as a personal trainer, Melissa found yoga, which helped heal years of wear and tear from her various activities and provided her the gift of becoming more mentally present. Her extensive yoga studies encompass many styles and gurus, including Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Vinny Marino and Bikram Choudhury. Melissa earned her certification as a Hatha, Vinyasa and Hot yoga instructor in 2003.

Most recently, Melissa graduated from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, where she studied innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories, including cutting-edge methods in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on her expertise and passion for fitness, health, and yoga, she guides others to make lifestyle changes that improve energy, balance, health, and happiness.

Melissa leads our Hot Flow Yoga classes and is also available for private, semi-private and small group training.


- Mad Dog Athletics Spinning

- Schwinn Cycling

- American Federation Aerobics Association- Personal Trainer

- 400 hour Hatha/Vinyasa/Hot Yoga National Yoga Alliance

- Barre Burn- Equinox Fitness

- Holistic Health Coach- Institute of Integrated Nutrition

- American Heart Association- CPR Pro/AED