Melissa Dupree

Who I am:
I am a mother and a tree-hugger, a lover of dogs, cats, horses, and goats (I am ambivalent about chickens, sheep, and cows), a reformed sun worshipper, a lifetime fan of Bob Newhart, and yes, I hide candy in my bedside drawer.

What I teach:
Beginner and Intermediate Kripalu Yoga

My current classes (and workshops) include:
Intermediate Kripalu Yoga

My classes are an invitation for each student to move inward and listen to their own voice in order to discover what they need – that day, that class, that hour, that moment. My goal is to provide a supportive and safe environment for these conversations to happen, and I promise, no goats are involved. I’ll wait for an acro-yoga class for that…

What brought me to yoga:
The community that I experience in a class – from Pre-Natal to Laughter Yoga classes and everything in between, the peace and balance that leaves me floating a few feet off the ground after my practice, the empowerment I feel by taking an active part in my health and well-being.

Favorite pose (and why):
Tadasana or Mountain Pose is a lovely expression of Kripalu Yoga. Seemingly a practice of stillness, Tadasana becomes a challenging asana of strength and balance through proper alignment and activation of the muscles. Both a grounding pose and one that stretches toward the sky, it teaches us to hold several opposing actions within the body. Off the mat, Tadasana teaches me how to find the center in the midst of these tumultuous times.

Off the mat:
I love playing with my family, hiking with my dog, reading detective novels, knitting, searching for the ultimate gluten-free pierogi recipe (I have celiac disease) and traveling. I fully intend to be one of those little old ladies in sensible shoes and several cardigans who goes on bus tours of Great Britain to visit knitting gurus. I’ll provide “Yoga for Knitters” classes before afternoon tea every day.

Certifications, Trainings & Degrees:

  • 200 hr YTT, Kripalu Center
  • Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis