Are you a sensitive soul struggling with anxiety and self-judgment?

Maybe you know what it’s like to…

  • Feel alone as a sensitive person struggling with anxiety.
  • Endure what feel like a lifetime of trauma and loss.
  • Appear to “have it all together”, but face ongoing self-doubt and crippling overwhelm on the inside.
  • Feel there’s something wrong with you–like you have to conceal your anxiety or others will think you’re weak.
  • Experience anxiety as a result of absorbing the feelings of those around you.
  • Feel overwhelmed by making decisions that require you to listen to your own voice.

I’ve experienced all of the above myself and through my path…

Do you struggle with anxiety and self-judgment?

Maybe you know what it’s like to…

  • Feel alone in your struggle with anxiety.
  • Endure what feel like a lifetime of trauma and loss.
  • Appear to “have it all together”, but face ongoing self-doubt and crippling worry on the inside.
  • Feel there’s something wrong with you–like you have to conceal your anxiety or others will think you’re weak.
  • Experience anxiety as a result of worrying about your loved ones.
  • Feel overwhelmed by making decisions that require you to listen to your own voice.

I’ve experienced all of the above myself and through my path…

Welcome! I’m Melissa and I’m so glad you’re here to transform anxiety.

I am a yoga instructor and licensed social worker, but my greatest credential is my personal story. I’m sure you can relate…

As an introvert and highly sensitive person, it’s been easy to feel overwhelmed and alone in my journey with anxiety. Much of my anxiety stems from my proclivity to absorb emotions of those around me, as well as the trauma and loss that touched much of my youth and childhood.

Through my path, I have chosen to help sensitive souls transform anxiety and past pain while cultivating self-love.

As a woman who is professionally trained to help people cope with anxiety and trauma and has led dozens of workshops and retreats on these subjects, I know it might seem like I’m confident and have things figured out.

But the truth is that healing is a process and practice for me too.

As a young child with divorced parents and acute asthma, I’ve known anxiety for a long time as I struggled to be myself in two different households. I often felt my emotions were out of my control.

Throughout my youth, I endured instability with a mother who could be both very loving and extremely volatile. Her passing in 2007 was sudden and traumatic for me.

I have been surrounded by pain, suffering, and addiction in the people I love and my lifelong challenge has been to learn how to take care of myself and incorporate these challenges into my resilience.

For years, I believed there was something wrong with me. I felt that inconsistencies in my mood and sense of self meant that deep down I had mental health problems like my mom.

I didn’t understand why I felt anxious and easily overwhelmed. I was terrified to commit to anything or anyone for fear of making the wrong choices. And I thought that it was best to keep my struggle with anxiety to myself because I was afraid of being perceived as weak, a common criticism of sensitive people like me.

What I noticed was that approach only left me less accepting and loving of myself… and more anxious. It has been a journey, but I discovered a better path.

Over the years, I’ve learned to see myself differently, manage my anxiety, and embrace painful experiences as meaningful parts of my path as a human being.

I have integrated the tools and practices that have changed my life into simple means for you to live a more empowered life.

I’m glad you’re here to join me!

I’m also a writer for HealthyPlace’s ‘Treating Anxiety’ blog where I discuss what it’s like managing and treating anxiety.

“Yoga has been part of my life for twenty years, but I left it almost entirely for a while.” Read “Why I Left Yoga and How I Returned” featured on HelloYoga.

Melissa Renzi, MSW, LSW, CYT-200

I am a Master’s level Licensed Social Worker, Certified Yoga Teacher, sensitive soul, and world adventurer who thrives on exploring the earth and its many gifts.

I grew up in Oak Park, IL. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare in 2004 and Master of Social Work in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. I’ve worked as a case manager and therapist in areas of homelessness, child welfare, behavioral health, and disability issues. Significant years of my life have been spent living India, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Mexico and traveling to a dozen other countries in my quest for healing, meaning, and confidence.

I received my 200-hour yoga certification from Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago in 2015 and have completed over 1000 hours of training. Yoga has been part of my life since 1998 at age 16 when my mom first took me to an ashram where I was introduced to Kriya Yoga. My personal yoga practice and training have taken me through the styles of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga inspiring me to teach in a style that blends the two. I have been fortunate enough to study under an array of amazing teachers including Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Alexia Bauer, Morgan Lee, Kino McGregor, Kim Wilcox, and Rich Logan. I completed a therapeutic apprenticeship with Chicago-based master Iyengar teacher, Gabriel Halpern and a certificate in Yoga to Transform Trauma with Catherine Ashton.

My yoga classes balance mindful alignment with self-paced movement. I blend meditation, visualization, breath work, physical postures, and yoga philosophy together to speak to the heart of yoga in my classes. My classes encourage students to listen to their bodies and grow a curious mind to heal trauma, manage pain, and embody the highest expression of themselves. At the forefront of my teaching is moving beyond the physical postures and making yoga approachable to all ages and levels of yoga.

My retreats and workshops center upon the following topics: mindfulness, trauma recovery, anxiety management, stress reduction, self-care, introversion, challenges of highly sensitive people, and healthy boundaries.

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