Monday, June 3, 2019


Bio: Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT

IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist

Health, Wellness, Lifestyle, & Movement Educator

California Native Plants Education & Outreach Specialist

Yoga Therapy + Therapeutic Horticulture = Complete Mind-Body Health & Wellness

Specializing in the Care and Prevention of Injuries, Melissa Adylia Calasanz is an IAYT* Certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Alliance Recognized Certified Yoga Instructor, and Movement Educator. Melissa has over 15 years helping athletes, dancers, and fitness enthusiasts attain and maintain healthy, balanced, and functional bodies. She has a special interest in helping people who are navigating life with chronic pain, stress, and discomforts associated with arthritis, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Melissa works at Kaiser Permanente as a Certified Yoga Therapist/Lifestyle & Movement Educator. In 2018, Melissa created (and continues to teach) a 12-Week Yoga Therapeutics for Chronic Back Pain program, and teaches weekly Physicians Wellness classes that include Yoga, Tai Chi, and other Therapeutic and Mindful Moment Modalities.

In addition to her work with Kaiser Permanente, Melissa enjoys teaching public Therapeutic Inspired Gentle Yoga Classes and Workshops to diverse groups, including people with chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, stress, insomnia, back injuries, total joint replacements, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Compassionate Self-Care classes for patient’s and caregivers.

It’s Melissa's passion to help clients to become their best health care advocate by facilitating open lines of communication with their mind, body, spirit, breath, and intention. She encourages people to nurture their inner wisdom, lending to a better mind/body relationship, and improving relationships with friends, coworkers, and loved ones, as well as a person’s integrative health and wellness team.

Melissa is a former professional dancer, who was first introduced to the healing benefits of Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and  other somatic arts, while participating in a Summer Dance Master Class Program in 1990.

Between 1990-1996 Melissa took as many Yoga and Pilates classes as her Dance Scholarship class schedule would allow. By 1996 she was teaching quite a few Dance Classes and Yoga classes between dance performance contracts. In 2000, she began teaching many Group Fitness, Barre, and Indoor Cycling Classes, and completed her first National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Training Certification in 2001. It was during her time working as a personal trainer that she began working as a Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga Instructor thanks to doctor/patient referrals.

In addition to her many certifications and years of experience as a Yoga, Dance, and Fitness instructor, Melissa graduated Cum Laude, from Saint Mary's College of California's LEAP program (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals), with extensive education in Kinesiology and Human Performance, Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology, as well as Nutrition for Athletic Performance.

Melissa is so thankful to her exemplary dance educators who introduced her to so many of the healing arts at such an early stage of her dance career. She is certain that these introspective, therapeutic, healing practices, helped to keep her pain and injury free throughout her career. 

Melissa Adylia Calasanz is honored to be a recurring Glendale Community College Guest Artist/Lecturer since 2013. Melissa was invited by Dance Department Chair, Dora Kranig, to lecture and lead movement workshops on The Care and Prevention of Dance Injuries; Safe Teaching Practices for Dance Educators; Teaching Dance to Older Populations; and Understanding Optimal Skeletal Alignment in Relation to Dance Education, for Dance Majors and Dance Teaching Methodology Students.

Melissa is currently piloting a 12-Week Yoga Therapeutics for Chronic Back Pain Program at Kaiser Permanente, in Downey, CA.

By introducing the benefits of Therapeutic Yoga, and its ability to create open communication with mind, breath, body, and intention, Melissa is passionate about assisting clients to “…read your Owner’s manual…”

 Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT, is a proud Accessible Yoga Ambassador

Additional Education & Certifications

C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist 

2,000+ Hours -  Pathway 2
*International Association of Yoga Therapists

Yoga for Arthritis Level 1 Teacher
Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Intensive
Steffany Moonaz PHd, C-IAYT, RYT-500

Functional Pelvic Floor Training
Evidence Informed Approach for Weakness, Pain, and Dysfunction
in Men, Women, and Older Adults
Summit Professional Education
Dr. Catherine Lewan, PT, DPT, CPI, C-IAYT

Mindfulness-Based Pain Management
Biopsychosocial Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
Stanford University Li Ka Center for Learning and Knowledge
Carolyn McManus PT, MS, MA

Board Certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation 
Tai Chi for Health Institute
Dr. Paul Lam
Darci Alexander PTA

Effective Therapeutic Exercise and Self-Care Strategies for Pain Management:
Using an Integrative, Mind-Body Approach to Maximize Patient Function 
and Overall Quality of Life
Summit Professional Education
Dr. Z. Altung, PT, DPT, OCS, MS, CSCS

Exercise for Parkinson's Training for Professionals Certificate
Brian Grant Foundation
Shannon Anderson, MPAS, PA-C
Fay Horak, PhD, PT
Laurie King, PhD, PT
Jenny Wilhelm, DPT

Mindfulness-Based Interventions
Evidence-Based Advancements in Treating Depression, Anxiety, and
Trauma Across All Ages and Settings
Summit Professional Education
Dr. John P. Rettger, PhD, E-RYT 200, YACEP

Certificate in Healthy Aging
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ALLEGRA/ANCC)

Therapeutic Yoga Training
Cheri Clampett C-IAYT & Arturo Peal

Pediatric Yoga
Summit Professional Education
Allison Morgan, OT, RYT, MA

Certified Yoga Instructor
Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT)
Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)

Yoga Alliance

Yoga and the Female Pelvic Floor
Leslie Howard Yoga with Leslie Howard C-IAYT

Level 1 Coach
USA Track & Field

Certified Personal Trainer
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Optimal Performance Training Certificate

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Peri/Post Natal Fitness
AFAA - Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Practical Pilates
AFAA - Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Practical Yoga
AFAA - Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Indoor Cycling
AFAA - Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Horticulture Science & Landscape Design Scholarship Recipient
Saddleback College

Landscape Design Alumni Association

California Native Plants Education and Outreach Specialist

Newport Bay Conservancy Volunteer Docent Specializing in California Native Plants

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The Holistic Approach to Mind/Body Health & Wellness
"How we tend to our garden should reflect how we'd approach the relationship with a most cherished loved one: Mindfully, with compassionate kindness, daily interest, loving respect, and patience. And the same should be said for how we approach our health and wellness." 
-Melissa Adylia Calasanz




Contact for Rates and Availability
Melissa Adylia Ciayt
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