Melissa Wallace, owner of The Full Lotus Wellness Initiatives, has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Valdosta State University. She also holds numerous certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Aerobics and Fitness Association (AFAA), and the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E). Melissa is credentialed as a ACSM Exercise Physiologist and as a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance with a certification in Aerial Yoga, Stand Up paddleboard (SUP), chair, yin-yoga, and childrens yoga.
Since 2003, I have had a passion for Pilates and Yoga. Due to various injuries I sustained as a gymnast and experiencing low back pain at such an early age, I knew I had to rehab my body and stay strong to maintain a better quality of life. I love to share my experiences through teaching and coaching pilates, yoga and other wellness classes to others because I am a HUGE believer (and living testimonial) that having a strong core and maintaining flexibility will improve your daily activities, no matter who you are.
I know without a doubt, without me building my core, maintaining range of motion, and leading a healthy lifestyle, I would not be able to enjoy the fun activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, skiing and of course my love for aerial yoga, my true zen! Aerial yoga gives me that emotional feeling that I am that "young" gymnast that I once was. Most importantly, I love helping others that enjoy the beauty of yoga and fitness to maintain their quality of life.