Melissa Shalongo


Melissa is a 500-hr yoga instructor, new mom, and self-proclaimed “movement optimist”. She earned her teaching certifications from the Nosara Yoga Institute of Costa Rica where she credits her teachers Don and Amba Stapleton for her unique, interdisciplinary style of yoga. Her approach to asana is FUNctional, skills-based and dogma free, allowing her to incorporate a variety of other movement modalities into her practice, including Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Somatic Movement. Fundamental to her teaching is a reverence for all human form and function and a humble deference to the body’s innate intelligence. Melissa’s yoga is a true reflection of her childlike curiosity, compassionate nature, and genuine zest for life. 

A perpetual student, her biggest teacher is her one year old son. Her “movement guru” inspires her to practice in a myriad of playful and adaptive ways serving as a powerful reminder of human creativity and the importance of variability and FUN. Motherhood has also sparked a new found interest in developmental movement patterns, motor learning and women’s reproductive health. Her other influences include fellow movement optimists, pain researchers, and “modern” yogis like Todd Hargrove, Greg Lehman, Trina Altman, Jenni Rawlings, etc. When she’s not playing on the floor with her son, she’s leading and developing curriculum for 200 and 300-hr YTT’s, or hosting workshops and retreats.

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Mahabhuta Yoga VegFest

Margaritaville Beach Hotel
165 Fort Pickens Road
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
November 11-14, 2022

Mahabhuta Yoga Veg Fest Times:

Day 1: Thursday, November 10th, 2022 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Day 2: Friday, November 11th, 2022 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Day 3: Saturday, November 13th, 2022 6:30 am – 10:00 pm
Day 4: Sunday, November 14th, 2022 6:30 am – 9:00 pm