About Melissa Russell Neiswender

My life has been busy. 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.

My history

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, sister, and friend.

Through all this I practiced, taught, and studied yoga. I have practiced yoga almost everyday for 25 years 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) and there began my path towards being a yoga therapist.

The present day

I’ve completed the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program (working towards my 810 hour C-IAYT certification). I’m currently a 200 hour registered yoga teacher trained in ashtanga, anusara, and pelvic floor health (working towards my 500 hour RYT). And, I am a level 2 meditation teacher with iRest and am working towards my mentor meditation certification with Breathing Deeply.

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. The tools I offer include movement, breath, meditation and lifestyle modifications to help you find better health and well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually.