Melissa Verdicchio is a mother of four children, originally from Long Island, NY. She and her retired military husband met at Villanova University where they were were fortunate enough to have traveled the world before settling in beautiful North Carolina. After completing her first 200-hour yoga teacher training, her desire to learn and share with her students led her to complete a second 200-hour training with Nicole Nichols of Republic of Yoga. During this second training she received the accreditation of being a Yoga Alliance E-RYT200.
Having competed in Half-Ironman and Marathon races, her fitness background and twelve years of teaching children and adult fitness classes are what originally brought her to yoga. Bringing yoga to children from birth to teens has become a passion. In 2012, she started a free backyard high-school yoga class that was in highly successful. Due to the demand for other ages, she started a Tween Yoga class that was all donation based where the children decided which Charity would benefit monthly. Melissa teaches yoga to students and faculty in both public and private schools throughout Wake County. Through the connection with body, mind and breathe, Melissa fosters a comfortable non-judgmental yoga class. Her classes provide an environment where balance, confidence, strength and focus become tools used on and off the mat. She has completed three children’s yoga certifications through YoKids(where she is an Ambassador), Yoga 4 Classrooms and Kids Yoga Guide. Some of her additional training include Yoga 4 Cancer, Yoga for Athletes, Yin and Restortative and Trauma, PTSD and Connected Warriors Training. A few of the teachers she has had the honor of studying with are Seane Corne, Jason Crandell, Dharma Mittra, Kino Macregor, Aadil Palkhivala, Maty Ezraty, and Rodney and Colleen Yee.