Melissa & Passort to the Heart
Passport to the Heart's mission is to help turn your dreams into your truths, through a combination of exciting events, yoga retreats, workshops, soulful travel and fun.
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Official Biography:
Melissa Andersen is an American, born and raised in a small beach town on the East Coast of Florida. She was first introduced to yoga at the age of 19 while attending the University of North Florida. She began to practice periodically, and after completing a four-year Bachelors's degree in Communications, she moved to Southern California where yoga was more prevalent.

Melissa entered a three-year sales career in corporate America, which inevitably lead to stress-induced health issues. Eventually her bodied buckled under 60-hour workweeks, and she suffered from adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance and minor depression. When the “American Dream” stole her health and well-being, she decided to engulf herself in yoga and wellness to heal. Soon Melissa was able to uncover and mend past trauma, restore her body back to normal homeostasis, gain strength, cure her ailments and unconsciously uncover her true purpose. In 2011, Melissa quit her sales job, sold all of her belongings and devoted her life to the practice of yoga and travel. Since taking this leap of faith, Melissa has traveled, lived, taught and practiced her way across six continents. She began her journey in North America and globe trotted through the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Australia, Central/ South America and Africa.

During this journey, Melissa realized that following her purpose had transformed her, and this was a gift she wanted to share. She then completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at a Yoga Alliance accredited school in Rishikesh, India. She has since completed over 300 additional hours of training and is offically a RYT 500. To deepen her knowledge in mental health, she completed her NLP Practitioner and Motivational Coaching License in 2016. She includes the coaching techniques and strategies in her retreats and events. Other than that, Melissa is a down to earth Florida girl with a zest for life. Melissa's Danish heritage eventually lead her to Scandinavia, and she now resides in Norway with her Danish husband and their daughter Joy.


"This has been and incredible week. I appreciate all of the help with modifications. I admire Melissa's patience, creativity and also energy."


"Melissa is like a sunshine, always positive and happy, sending a lot of good energy. I am so thankful for this week!"


"This yoga retreat has been fantastic! Melissa brought skill, laughter, fun, and smiles that radiate warmth and Joy. This has been such a wonderful experience."


This week retreat has been so special and uplifting. Melissa has such a big heart and a serious spirit. Melissa has a wonderful impact on those around her. The sentiments and messages shared this week have truly heped me take another step in my journey.


"I was impressed with all of the different styles of yoga. Each lesson was wonderful and I am thankful for this variety so it never got boring at all the whole week."