MALISSA LARSON CD(DONA)
200 RYT, Prenatal yoga, AUTHL1
A labor doula since 2014, Malissa has attended birthing persons and their families for over 70 births. A DONA certified doula, she is committed to life long learning and their standards and ethics. Some of the trainings she’s completed include the doula training with DONA, the midwives at Life Cycles in Buffalo, NY, Inspired Birth in NM, Neonatal resuscitation with Karen Strange, and is proud to be a part of the doula team serving families at the Birthing Center of Buffalo.
A yoga teacher since 2006, Malissa utilizes her yogic knowledge before, during and after birth. She’s taught in various yoga schools nationally including Albuquerque, NM, Buffalo, NY and NYC including running her own studio, Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, from 2014-2021.
She’s completed certifications with Jonathan Fields and Johanna Aldrich for vinyasa flow at Sonic Yoga 2006 and Julianna Mitchell for Prenatal yoga in 2010. She’s led prenatal yoga programs in Buffalo, NY at East Meets West Yoga, Yoga Parkside, and her yoga school Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, LLC. Further yogic studies include five extended trips to Mysore, India Studying at KPJAYI.
As unfamiliar moments arise in labor, Malissa brings kindness, calm, clarity, and flexibility to the birthing person and the room. Words of encouragement, Hands-on techniques, and yogic breath-work are some of the many tools she uses to help comfort and ground a birthing person. Malissa’s passion for supporting birthing persons, their families, hunger for knowledge, social justice, and her yoga practice all fuel the ways in which she attends her clients.
Malissa currently resides in Elmwood Village. In the company of her rescue fur family Eloise the pitty (proud CBAS supporter and volunteer), her late kitty Buddha (we miss ya bud!), and her partners kitty Levon the one eyed cat. You’ll find her working up magic in the kitchen, tending to her plants, hiking, with loved ones, or laughing just cuz.