Melissa Longfellow is the co-owner of 3 OMS YOGA.
In a seemingly unlikely path for a half-Guatemalan/half-French-Canadian-WASP raised Catholic in suburban Massachusetts, at age 8 Melissa was given the name "Padmavati" (lotus flower) by the late Siddha Yoga guru Swami Muktananda. Unknown to her at the time, it would be the begninning of her yogic journey. After several years of being unconscious of, and unkind to her body, she sought out yoga for healing and serendipitously arrived into a daily yoga practice with Power Vinyasa founder, Baron Baptiste (who she continues to train with today, nearly 15 years later). In the months that followed, she watched in awe as her body healed, her life transformed and her heart opened (possibly for the first time, she noticed). Melissa has received Advanced Level Teacher Training (over 500 hours) with Baron Baptiste and has assisted him at Yoga Journal Conference workshops. After moving from Boston to San Diego to Bellingham WA, Melissa completed a 12-month mentorship with Senior Baptiste teacher, Lisa Black and was invited to teach at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in Seattle where she spent 2 years teaching, assisting and mentoring new teachers. In this joyful and humbling journey, Melissa bows to all the teachers along her path, especially her greatest teachers: her family! Melissa leads a heartfelt yoga practice; she encourages you to excavate your inner power through the asana, be more of who you really are, and uncover the gems within you in the process. And have fun, be playful and enjoy it too! Melissa shares life with her two boys, both of whom practiced Power Vinyasa Yoga in the womb.