Special Guest, Melissa Carroll-The Yoga Writer
Jason Zuk will interview Melissa Carroll-The Yoga Writer about her use of mindfulness, yoga, and writing to help others. Melissa Carroll is an Acclaimed Writer, Certified E-RYT 500 Hour Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and Meditation Guide. She is the Editor of the essay collection Going OM: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions 2014), with a foreword by Cheryl Strayed, author of The New York Times Bestseller,Wild. Melissa is the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Pretty Machine (ELJ Publications 2016) and The Karma Machine (YellowJacket Press 2011), which received the Peter Meinke Award. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Mantra + Yoga Magazine, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen.com, The Literary Bohemian, Sivana East, Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. Carroll is on the faculty of the Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Lotus Pond (located in Tampa, Florida), teaches writing at Ringling College of Art and Design, and leads Yoga and Writing Workshops and Retreats all over the world.
Carroll engages in her lifelong passion and finds balance through mindfulness, yoga, and writing. She fuses these practices to help others connect to their own creative spark and inner peace. As a certified E-RYT 500 Hour Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Writer, and Meditation Guide, Melissa aims to assist her students with navigating through the challenges of daily life. Carroll once suffered from Anxiety and Depression, but through the adoption of Reiki Energy Healing and Yoga principles she developed healthy coping mechanisms to effectively manage her Anxiety and Depression. Carroll received her Master in Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. Her website is www.theyogawriter.com.