Melisa Uchida Casses, E-RYT-500, has been teaching yoga and healthy living for nearly two decades. Her lineage is from the Ashtanga tradition. She loves the focus and discipline required in Ashtanga. But decades of practice, three children, injuries and just plain old aging, led her to create various sequences to meet different stages in life. Yoga asanas are not one-size fits all. As a teacher, she constantly observes, evaluates and adapts asanas and sequences to determine what is appropriate for her students on any given day. 

Her sequences are inspired by Pattabhi Jois, DKV Desikachar, Matthew Sweeney and others.

She is strict, yet approachable and makes learning fun. Expect challenging, yet accessible classes. She gracefully weaves traditional and contemporary approaches to hatha yoga.

Melisa created the MaKa Movement yoga teacher training program to provide quality teacher trainings in an industry where learning is often diluted. Small class size, superb curriculum and Melisa’s experience make these courses the best available. 

200 and 300-hour courses are certified by the Yoga Alliance. 

Limit 12 participants.

Melisa has a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Hawaii Pacific University. She is author of YOGA: A Comprehensive Guide for Teachers and Practitioners. Her articles appear in Bare Essentials-Australia, Towson Patch, Oahu Island News, MidWeek and other  print and online publications. Melisa lives in Towson with her husband and three children. 
Contact Melisa at makamovement@gmail.com.

Nate Casses, RYT-500, believes in holistic, healthy living and is inspired to help others feel strong and peaceful. He was a marathoner, triathlete, and heavy weightlifter until discovering yoga. Nate started dedicating more of his "workout" and "training" time to his yoga practices, and ended up on mat six days a week. He completed his 200 and 300-hour teacher training with MaKa Movement. He continues to study, take workshops and is always learning through his own practice. He is currently working toward a certification in Acro-Yoga. P.S., his playlists rock too! 

Contact Nate at makamovement@gmail.com.


  • E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
  • RYS-200 & RYS-300 Yoga Alliance, Yoga for Health & Fitness
  • Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Coach, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • STOTT Pilates certified, mat & Reformer
  • CPR


  • Thai Yoga, Vedic Conservatory
  • Hot Hula
  • The Booty Barre
  • Les Mills Body Step
  • Acro-Yoga Lunar & Elemental
  • Hydro-Spin
  • Former AFAA
  • YouTube Station with Tutorials
  • Produced 90-minute Yoga DVD
  • Author & writer
  • Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism, Boston University
  • Master's Degree in Global Leadership, Hawaii Pacific University