When fear overwhelms truth and love, we call it pain. Our spirit as women has all the knowledge and power we need to give birth and to nurture our babies. It is in our genetic coding. It has been there since the beginning of time. You can trust its wisdom.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely, admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
MALISSA LARSON CD(DONA) YTT, PYTT, AUTHL1
Specializing in VBAC support and unmedicated delivery
Local hospitals served: The Birthing Center of Buffalo, Oschai Children’s Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, TWIG Birthing Center at Rochester General
Remote Areas served: Atlanta Medical Center (Wellstar hospital), Oklahoma.
A labor doula since 2014, Malissa has seen a wide spectrum of birth. As a DONA certified doula, she is consistently returning to the role of student, taking classes and improving her knowledge of our current birth culture. many instructors in the organization. Malissa has completed training with Life Cycles, Inspired Birth in NM, and the NRC course. She is also proud to be a part of the doula team serving families at the Birthing Center of Buffalo.
She began teaching yoga in NYC in 2006. Completing certifications with Jonathan Fields, Johanna Aldrich, and Julianna Mitchell for Prenatal yoga. Further studies include five extended trips to Mysore, India studying at KPJAYI. Her mentorship with Angela Jamison in Ann Arbor provides her current training. She visits the school annually.
Her experience gives her a connection between movement, intuition, energy, and labor. Words of encouragement, Hands-on techniques, and yogic breath-work are some tools she uses. As unfamiliar moments arise in labor, Malissa brings a sense of calm, clarity, and flexibility.
Her teaching background allows her to encourage birth partners. Helping them engage and feel confident as they provide comfort measures for mom. In private sessions, Malissa teaches couples laboring tools. This helps them feel confident and prepared for the road ahead.
At her yoga studio Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, (Proud to be female-owned and local in Buffalo, NY since 2014!) Malissa offers a full online schedule including prenatal yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. She offers a unique approach to care. Integrating Ayurveda, yoga, and anatomy to maintain balance, confidence, clarity, calm and a happy disposition for her clients.
Her B.F.A from The New School gives her a window into a woman’s emotional signposts, energy, movements, and breath. She and her birth teams laugh too, a lot 🙂
Malissa currently resides in Elmwood Village. In the company of her rescue fur family Eloise the mini pitty (proud CBAS supporter and volunteer) and Buddha the handsome feline. You’ll find her working up magic in the kitchen, tending to her plants, hiking, with loved ones, or laughing at something weird.
For more on Malissa’s yoga school and daily practice visit Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo’s website.
“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.” – Unknown