Lighting the Path


Melissa Alexis is a mindfulness through movement innovator, skilled facilitator, personal and organizational development coach.


Dedicated to helping people transform from the inside out and break past the barriers of conditioned responses.

The Impact

Over a life's work of more than 20 years, thousands of people have experienced the compassion, lightness, and transformative meaning making of Melissa's leadership.  She facilitates healing justice and supports people in building awareness for authentically powerful and balanced individual and organizational action.  She knows from experience that personal development is a continual practice and the portal to experiential knowledge.  With degrees and certifications in psychology, dance, and yoga, she is a mindfulness through movement innovator, coach, and speaker passionate about sharing movement’s utility in and beyond the studio.  In this era of mind-body focus, she set out to offer integrated applications that address both personal and collective well-being, including racial healing, and she has customized programs and taught inside organizations across many sectors. Her methodology uses a combination of best practices that heighten awareness, promote individual and collective well-being, and bridge differences in community and work spaces. 

The Story

Melissa founded Cultural Fabric in 2016 to support individuals, businesses, and communities to elevate internal consciousness and transform social environments. She is passionate about creating spaces to facilitate people bridging perceived divisions within themselves and with one another.

The core program, the Healing Arts Institute, guides participants in inquiry towards self-belonging and racial healing, and supports them in bringing mindfulness-based practices back to their work places or communities.  In addition, the work takes the form of equity strategy thought partnership, dialogue facilitation, public speaking, and workshops.


Melissa's work is research-based and she has served on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Amherst College, Smith College, and Bard High School Early College Newark.   A first generation Trinidadian immigrant, Melissa’s research is rooted in exploring the intersection of African, Eastern, and Western perspectives, informed by yoga, psychology, the arts, social justice, Africana studies, sustainability, and mindfulness.  Certified to teach yoga from JP Centre Yoga, sustainability from The Earth Institute at Columbia University, trained in meditation through Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences and Sarah Powers/Integral Yoga Institute, facilitation through Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, she holds a Master's from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor's from Amherst College but is most proud to be a mother, daughter, sister, friend, and community member.  

Photo credit (headshot): Jill Goldman Photography