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Melissa has a rich history of studying and working with masters including Judith Lasater, Shifu Shi Yan Ming, Beth Lepkowski Maloney, PT, DPT, Nelly Lugo, PT, BS, OCS. CHFS, CPT Polestar Pilates Ed, and many others. She was formerly the Director of The Yoga Institute East Coast with Lex Gillan, and recently has started her own 200 hour yoga teacher training and certification program.
It is Melissa’s path in life to facilitate health and healing, which led her to devote so many years to becoming the amazing resource she is today. It is now her goal to share her learning with as many people as possible in order to help the world.
Melissa practiced the principles and postures of yoga at a very young age, but received her first certification from The Yoga Institute 20 years ago. She was given the opportunity to train with Judith Lasater Ph.D. and Dr. Roger Cole 16 years ago, and became a Relax and Renew trainer (Restorative Yoga) under their tutelage. She believed so strongly in the Yoga Institute and she has completed her 500 E-RYT in order to become a branch of the Yoga Institute called The Yoga Institute – East Coast. I served as the Director of that training for five years. I started my own teacher training in school over ten years ago and it call Yoga University-East Coast. We have certifications for the 200 hour, 300 hour, and 500 hour course.
In Yoga for Fertility, Melissa has found great success working with women who are combating infertility by combining Yoga philosophy to combat stress and incorporating poses that balance female hormones. She has used her expertise at East Coast Body and Mind, which is located at East Coast Fertility. Currently, she gives private lessons and is the referring Yoga Instructor for Long Island IVF.
To enhance her ability to help people with their injuries as well as their fitness goals, Melissa became certified in Polestar Pilates Allegro PF- A4, 6 years ago. The principles of Pilates and core stability add to her knowledge of rehabilitation of the body. She has also completed the Polestar Studio certification in all of the equipment.
MARILYN ANN GUSMANO
Marilyn Ann Gusmano has a 30-year background in dance, gymnastics and fitness. Her passion in dance led her to attend O.D.U. of Virginia and C.S.L.B. of California while she pursued a career in teaching. After she earned her degree in elementary education in 1996, it afforded her the opportunity to substitute in both New York and Florida school districts. During this time, she also coached three kickline/dance teams. Her teaching and choreography skills had enabled the Wellington High School Dance Team to achieve the second place award at the National Dance Association competition.