About Melissa Russell Neiswender
I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a yoga therapist. After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters degree in anthropology, I spent 20 years leading innovative teams in the world of publishing and educational technology.
I also ran my own retail business in downtown Chapel Hill and travelled a lot for work – sometimes for months at a time. I have made 4 different places home — Boston, New York, San Francisco, and North Carolina. And, I have balanced all this with my responsibilities as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
Through all this I practiced, taught, and studied yoga. I have practiced yoga almost everyday since I was in my 20s using daily movement, breathing, and meditation practices to build resiliency. Knowing the practices helped me, I began to teach yoga to my colleagues at work (at one point in a glass walled board room). 4 years ago I left my corporate job and am now a working yoga therapist.
The present day
As yoga therapist, I work primarily one-on-one with people in my Chapel Hill Studio to alleviate pain and suffering due to a number of physical and mental conditions. I use movement, breath, meditation and lifestyle modifications to help people find better health and well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. I also teach a small number of group classes in my studio and teach at Carolina House in Durham and Raleigh.
Evolve Yoga Therapy is inspired by my belief that everyone has the power to evolve throughout their lives. We are not stuck being overwhelmed, stressed, and/or in mental or physical pain.