Hi! I’m Melissa Byram, also known as The Meditation Mama.

I’m a wife, a mother of two beautiful children, animal lover, and also an experienced Yogi. I’ve gotten so much through the practice of yoga and I want to help you do the same thing. 

Sometimes life can be hard. I know. In 2013, I was facing a difficult pregnancy. I didn’t know if my baby would survive to term and, even if she did, the doctors weren’t certain that either of us would survive the delivery itself. Every day was stressful for me, which further added to the complications. Finally, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I nearly died that day, but nothing was going to stop me from meeting her.

The next few weeks were touch and go for both of us. I was kept in the hospital for round-the-clock monitoring and medical care, and my daughter wasn’t allowed to leave the NICU. Eventually, though, we made it through and I spent the next year raising a colicky, but very loved, child. 

During that time, my Dad was a source of strength and comfort for me. He had always been my best friend, so his kind spirit, incomparable smile, and silly nature helped me through the late nights and difficult recovery. When he suddenly died on the Fourth of July the following year, my world caved in around me. My protector- the man that had taught me and loved me through so much- was instantly and very unexpectedly gone. I plunged into a very dark place in my life. 

After a period of severe depression, I rediscovered my love for yoga and meditation. As I traveled down that path, the peace that I found helped me to work through the trauma of the past and pull myself out of my depression. It helped me find the inner peace that I so desperately needed. For the first time in a very long time, I was actually happy.

Today, I’m an RYT200 Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher that’s in love with what I do. Working with beginning and experienced yogis (and everyone in between) has been an incredible blessing in my life. I founded Meditation Mama Yoga to help people find the best versions of themselves, just like I did. I believe in gratitude, kindness, and appreciation for life, which guides my interactions with students. I’m honored to be able to help people find their own healing and experience their own joy.  

I’m looking forward to sharing in your journey!