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Melaney Houle

Teaching Yoga Since 2019

Melaney Houle is the owner of Lotus & Compass Yoga, and President of Lotus & Compass Inc, a trendy boutique clothing and gift store for women. Melaney has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has always felt so empowered as a result. In the spring of 2019, Melaney made the decision to finally pursue a yoga teacher training program. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga San Kalpa, in Florence, Ma. Additionally, she holds a 50 hour certification for Yin Yoga from Yoga San Kalpa. Though she has practiced yoga in some form since high school, Melaney dove into her yoga full force as a way to find peace within her mind and body after the birth of her second child. Becoming a mother had transformed her whole life in the best way possible, but in midst of the chaos, she felt herself often overwhelmed with anxiety, and was longing for a little bit of structured self-care in her week. She began to practice daily, and within a matter of weeks she found a significant improvement in her daily anxiety levels, and a much deeper sense of self-love and self-acceptance. In addition to these positive benefits of her yoga practice...she also discovered something she never anticipated: a calling to finally become certified to teach this practice to others. Melaney is happily married to her partner Brandon, with whom she has shared the last 10 years of her life. Together, they have two children: Hunter and Haven, passionate little yogis and the official Lotus & Compass Yoga ambassadors!


Melissa Tavares 

Teaching Yoga Since 2019 

My name is Melissa Tavares. I found yoga in a time of transition after college; I was no longer a student, but I did not feel I fit in around other adults around me. I was drawn to the individuality and acceptance that the yoga community encourages. In the summer of 2019, I became certified as a yoga instructor with Breathe for Change in efforts to bring yoga to my high school students at Chicopee High. I wanted to bring this form of self-acceptance and self-awareness to teenagers during this transformational time in their lives. It was from here that I grew to want to bring yoga to people of any age. We are always in a transformational period of our own lives; working to be compassionate to ourselves, become more self-aware, and providing ourselves with opportunities for self-care. As an instructor, I hope to encourage each person to be present with themselves and be open to accepting the benefits that yoga can bring that are often hard to define.