Owner & Instructor
I started practicing yoga about 11 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the physical & mental challenge. I found myself practicing daily and slowly transforming my life and becoming a calmer and more peaceful person. In 2014, I completed my first RYT-200 training and have since completed an additional 600 hours of formal training, with leaders in our yoga community such as Bryan Kest & Tiffany Cruikshank. I am humbled and inspired by our yoga community & our Pro Power Trainees! The lifelong pursuit of knowledge is what drives me to continuously improve in my practice, teaching and daily life. I have a wonderful husband, John and we share our homestead with our sweet Ladybug our rescue pup, a hermit crab, fish & our sassy parrot, Miss Iris. Last summer, we fulfilled one of our lifelong dreams of living on a farm! We have a beautiful flock of feathered family chickens, a sweet pygmy goat & our 2 horses! Lastly, but certainly not least, I work full-time as a gastrointestinal physiology researcher & also compete as a national champion equestrienne having won 3 National Championships with my best friend, Lady (who is now retired). In October of 2016, my new horse, Muffin, and I finished in the Top 5 at the National Championship Horse Show! Growing our yoga community in my hometown is one of my greatest passions! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with such a sweet and inspiring community!
I was first introduced to yoga 10 years ago and did it occasionally or in bursts of interest that changed with life’s varied transitions. When I began a more regular practice, I fully realized the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits yoga provides. The more consistent my practice…the better I feel! Committing to a daily yoga practice lead me to pursue yoga teacher training—I completed my RYT-200 training summer 2017. I am so grateful for all my teachers along the way, the teachings, the yoga community and the opportunity to share this ancient practice with others. Off my yoga mat I’m sharing life with my husband Seth, our son Luke, our daughter Langdon and two goofy yellow labs. A native of Raleigh, I’ve now called Clayton home for nearly 20 years.
I first came to yoga for physical exercise about six years ago but soon realized that it was so much more than bending and sweating and I just fell in love with it. Yoga quiets and calms my mind and gives me peace and emotional contentment while building physical strength and flexibility. Through my practice, I have gained balance in my life and it has taught me to let go of that which does not serve me. Yoga harmonizes my body, mind and spirit and has become a part of my daily life. My passion for yoga led me to yoga teacher training at Glow, completing my RYT-200 certification in the winter of 2018. The training changed my life and brought such wonderful people into my world! I am so grateful to be a member of the Glow family and am looking forward to sharing my love of yoga with others in the community. As your yoga practice guide, you will find my style to be challenging yet supportive, directed
yet adaptable to your goals, energizing yet peaceful, and welcoming to those who are advanced or those new to yoga. When I am not practicing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, enjoying a glass (or two) of wine with friends, reading, going to the gym and traveling.
I first practiced yoga about 4 years ago. I started practicing regularly at a very stressful time in my life. I have always been active and enjoy training and working out. Nothing was as inclusive and functional as yoga has been for me. It has been a balancing force in my life, making me a calmer, happier person. After practicing and seeing first hand the benefits of yoga, I got my RYT-200 and have been teaching since January of 2017. I also received my teaching certification in Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga in April of 2017. I am also certified in prenatal yoga. I am reminded daily of all the benefits of a continuous yoga practice and am excited to get to share it with my students. Outside of the studio, I share my time with my wonderful husband, two lovely children and dog. I love to metalsmith, can, quilt and generally be creative.
I have been practicing yoga on and off for about 5 years, then in the Fall of 2017 took the plunge and did my instructor training through Holy Yoga, a Christian faith based yoga school. I quickly followed that with additional training to complete my Masters program with Holy Yoga (RYI-500). I love the mindfulness that yoga inspires, which transfers over to my daily life in surprising ways, making me a much calmer, self-aware person. Yoga has changed how I live my life: from how I stand to how I sleep, and from how I connect with God to how I connect with people. My favorite part of teaching yoga is sharing some of the alignment intricacies of poses that have changed my own practice. I live in Clayton with my husband, Tom, and our two adorable and hilarious pups.
I live in Clayton, North Carolina with my two sons and my husband. I'm glad to be joining the Glow Yoga family and bringing Buti Yoga to our community. I first started practicing yoga in the early 2000's and my practice consisted mostly of a home practice. Two and a half years ago I was introduced to Buti Yoga and my world changed immediately. I became certified as a Buti Yoga Instructor in August of 2017. Through Buti Yoga, I found more body confidence, more freedom to move and express myself and a better sense of who I am. Also through Buti Yoga, I found female friends minus the judgement and competion. In my classroom, you will never find competition or catty behavior, only Soulful camaraderie. Through Buti Yoga, we draw on Primal energy and movement to nurture our bodies and thrive. Buti is unwavering in its commitment to demanding support and connection among students. I want to empower our community to form these connections and support each other in our pursuit of health and happiness. Join our Clayton Buti Tribe today and let's sweat with intention. I also recently completed my RYT-200 at Glow Yoga and am excited to continue growing with our tribe!
Melissa is a yoga instructor, cyclist, and fitness enthusiast. She loves and appreciates the dichotomy of yoga: the stark contrast between strength and power compared to grace and surrender. Melissa yearned to add balance to her cardio driven workouts. Yoga would provide the mental clarity, as well as the fluidity her body needed. She soon found herself immersed in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Melissa holds certifications with Yoga Alliance, including Kids Yoga and specialty experience in Senior Yoga and chair-based yoga.
When she isn’t teaching, Melissa can be found climbing rock walls, snow skiing, paddle boarding.....and most importantly, spoiling her 3lb. chihuahua, STELLA.
Melissa welcomes you to share her practice of Bending, Breathing, and Believing. She will lead you through fundamentals, dynamic movement, and mindful breathing.
Come to explore. Leave with clarity. NAMASTE
I came to yoga almost 15 years ago as a college senior looking for spiritual fulfillment. After that first class, I was hooked and not long after graduation became a regular face at the new studio in my hometown on Long Island. In yoga I found a place to strengthen my body, quiet my mind, and fill my soul. After moving to North Carolina I took classes locally, and cultivated a regular home practice that lasted until having my first child in June 2016. I was introduced to Glow shortly after the doors opened and have never left, becoming one of the studio’s first yoga teacher training graduates. I love using all the props and regularly incorporate them into my practice. Through teacher training, I developed a regular meditation practice in addition to my asana practice. I plan expand professionally by taking an 85-hour prenatal yoga training in hopes of helping pre and postnatal mothers. My classes often include the use of props to deepen and support our experience of yoga! Before becoming a yoga teacher, I worked as a journalist, news writer, and freelance content writer. I enjoy being outside with my nature-loving toddler, reading books (mostly nonfiction), and listening to podcasts.
I have practiced yoga off for about 9 years, but have had a more consistent, committed practice for the past two years. These past two years I have come to develop a true passion for yoga, as I have found it to quiet my mind, calm my nerves, and soothe my soul even in the noisiest, busiest seasons of life. I love the spiritual element that comes with yoga. The desire to deepen my own practice and gain the knowledge and confidence to share it with others is what inspired me to pursue my RYT-200. I am excited to meet new people and share my passion with others! I hope my yoga classes help people in the same way that yoga has helped me. I love spending time with my husband and three dogs, long walks/hikes (not on the beach, but pretty much everywhere else), enjoying good food and wine, live music and musical theatre, watching movies (especially all of the Star Wars movies- the Empire Strikes back is the best), all things related to Harry Potter, online shopping, reading, and traveling. My dream vacation would be a trip to Europe full of good food and good drink. I'm excited to connect with our community as a teacher and continue learning!
Business Manager, Financial Guru & Meditation Guide
I am from the Johnston County area – born and raised. Educated to be a Business Manager/Accountant – receiving several degrees throughout my life. By day – I am an Accounting Manager for a medical device company in RTP. I have worked in implementation and design for Accounting Teams for 25 years. I have been fortunate to travel extensively for my work life to some interesting places, Barcelona, Spain was home for 45 days and Naga, Philippines for 24 days – during which the Pope was in Manila during my stay – that is an interesting story in itself. My personal life revolves around my WONDERFUL Daughter Tiffany Pridgen (our studio owner) and our animals. We have shown horses around the country and internationally for over 25 years and we still own 2 wonderful show horses – The Muffin Man and the FAMOUS Lady Toi +. We are hoping to get back into competing with Muffin soon – as with starting a new business venture – the horses have been on a well-deserved break for a year. Lady is now retired and only has to worry about when the grass is going to turn green so she can spend her entire day munching! By choice and by night I am a certified yoga teacher – completed my training with Glow Yoga in December 2018 – 1st home based graduate class from our studio! I currently teach Meditation at the studio on Friday nights and special occasions, and we are excited about the growth for our meditation yogis at Glow! I have been doing meditation personally for many years and through my personal growth and for my own sanity I had a dedicated Teacher/Healer from Savannah, GA for over 3 years before I began sharing guided meditation with other students. I have a strong passion for meditation and feel that everyone needs to incorporate this into their lives. Our minds require their own fitness to keep us growing and learning. Meditation truly will connect your mind with your body and spirit. Fusing my love for yoga, meditation and community a practice for full self-expression and energy, love and acceptance is what I try to bring to every meditation class I lead.
Most recently I have completed my Reiki Level 1 training here at Glow with Meghan, and I am looking forward to Level 2 training and possibly a Master level as well.
My mission is to help people feel free, happy, and fully express their TRUTH and INNER SELF!! Join me on Friday nights at 6:45pm for our sweet meditation class!