Yoga Therapist, Educator, and Author
Melissa Aguirre is a certified C-IAYT, ERYT 500, YACEP, Holistic Life Coach and Stress Management Specialist focused on intuitive and mindful movement to optimize self awareness, regulation and vitality.
Mel focuses on mental and emotional hygiene by utilizing mind-body practices that address imbalances from a holistic and vedic lens. Her multi-modality approach provides comprehensive experiences that are both intentional and informational aiding you to step into your power.
She believes yoga is a process of reclaiming yourself that leads to deeper healing of subconscious patterns lodged in the nervous system and body. Through working with Mel you will gain new insight on regulating your body, nourishing your mind, and honoring your spirit.
Mel sees yoga teachers as part of pioneering integrative health into public domains. She equips her trainees in innovative ways to apply yogic wisdom into population health, mental wellness and stress reduction skills. Mel is dualistic, artistic and a visionary and believing in the magic each human offers as medicine to the world. Mel hopes to foster self realization, clarity, confidence and self care into her communities.
You can expect Mel to bring her light hearted and "find your cozy" spirit into all she does.
The video above from 2021 offers insight to “What kind of yoga does Mel teach?” and “Why?” Some background on Melissa and her journey as a Yoga Therapist. How her journey began in teaching, the foundations she learned and how it evolved from physical to addressing more of the mental and energetic aspects of health. A cozy, light hearted share providing more context on why she is multidimensional in her teaching today working with postures as catalysts AND emphasizing the importance of language, energy, nature and connection.
AN INTIMATE GLANCE AT MEL'S PAST (Video from 2015)
"I advocate abundance within people teaching them not only how to come home to themselves through the yoga practice, but also the realization of the sustainability generated through living a mindful life that heals, impacts, and inspires. I believe deeply that in order to heal the world we must begin with ourselves thus passing that healing on to others- rather than passing on hurt. I help people realize that it is not about waiting for the "light at the end of the tunnel" but turning on your own light during the darkness. I believe it is important for us to tap into our own entelechy and allow providence to do its work nourishing us into growth."
Partnered with North Western Health Sciences University, Mel's programs offer a comprehensive approach in working with integrative care and professionals. Her programs, teachings and mentorship orient her students for professional success and personal transformation.
Mel has been educating and guiding the San Antonio community in Adaptive Yoga and Mindfulness since 2015 innovating Adaptive Yoga in south Texas. And before was providing Clinical Yoga Therapy at Fort Bragg, NC since 2013. Currently, Mel now offers services and education globally through her trainings, workshops and online services.
Additionally, Melissa is a Lululemon Legacy Ambassador and has trained over a thousand yoga teachers across the country and specializes in working with the military population through mindfulness programs such as milmindbody and opening the first yoga studio on a military installation in 2019. Mel has also been part of one of the first yoga pilot programs for the US Army contributing to the operationalization of yoga across the military. She continues providing integrative mindfulness and content development, classes, and regularly contributes as a SME.
Mel has owned four yoga studios throughout her career of over 10 years, founded milmindbody, several years experience in nonprofit work, member and accredited school with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, along with authoring 2 books: The Innate Design and From Deserts to Gardens. Mel authored and created Illuminate Your Nature Oracle Deck and continues to share many expressions of how mindfulness lives on and off the mat. Learn more about Press and Collaborations.
Training includes: 230 hours Therapeutic Teacher Training with Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga Center, 500 hours Yoga Therapeutics Program with Subtle Yoga, Reiki Practitioner Certificate in the Reiki Method of Natural Healing in the lineage of Usui Shiki Ryoho, Akashic Records Level One, Vedic Counseling Training with Dr. David Frawley, Myofascial Stretching Certified through Soma Therapy, Harvard Mind Body Medicine Program, Life Coaching Certification through Kris Ward's Lifestyle Design Coaching Program at Abundant Yogi, and certified Stress Management Specialist through Duke Integrative Medicine's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. I have also participated in workshops and trainings with Viniyoga's Gary Kraftsow, Yoga as Medicine's Timothy McCall, Ayurveda with Vishnu Dass, Dean Ornish, Yoga Tune Ups Jill Miller, Vedic Astrology with Renu, I-Rest Level One Certified, Richard Miller, Kathryn Budig and many more.
Someone once told me that pain is inevitable in life, but suffering is optional. May you feel inspired to join me on the mat, in training, or on this beautiful journey back home to ourselves.