Melissa grew up in New Jersey, and moved west when she turned 25. In 2009, while living in the chaos of Las Vegas, she discovered her yoga practice. She was immediately drawn to Bikram yoga. She knew she had found something that was going to change the rest of her life. She went to Bikram's teacher training in 2010 and her new career as a yoga teacher took her to Northern California. In 2015, she received her Yin yoga certificate, which helped her deepen her practice and balance her yang lifestyle.