Melissa Joy Schoeller

“The world is too big to stay in one place and too short to do just one thing. Swim in the sea. Share the truth in your heart. Count the stars. Be free. Travel.”

Melissa Joy Schoeller founded Gypset Yoga after five years of guest teaching yoga classes at a dozen tropical resorts around the world.

As a guest teacher, she quickly saw that travel gave people the opportunity open themselves. Yoga and wellness elevated a vacation into a transformative experience, and to appreciate the beauty within all things from a centered and grounded perspective. After organizing several retreats on her own for seven years, the word of mouth from students inspired her to start Gypset Yoga with Laurel Van Matre.

A consummate entrepreneur, Melissa started her first business at the age of 7, making and selling rock people (yes, people made of rocks). She has founded multiple successful businesses, including a spin/yoga studio and a boutique gift store. Both are still going strong.

Melissa has taught yoga in a variety of non-traditional settings, including music festivals, brewpubs and corporate on-site. Beyond her passion for yoga and travel, she is a former mountain bike racer and renowned for her playlists.

Style: vinyasa flow, yin, nidra, meditation, barre, spinning & private training.

Inspiration: music, nature, travel, ritual, pause, connection & authenticity.

I’ve been on four yoga retreats in Mexico led by Melissa. She is a skilled yoga instructor and goes out of her way to ensure her yogis have an excellent experience. Her warm and inviting attitude creates a real sense of community among retreat goers. I’ve met some wonderful people on these retreats. I plan to continue as many of her retreats as I can in the future. Highly recommend!!


Madison, WI

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