Melissa Lago
Visiting Instructor
Wisdom Traditions Department
BA, Political Science, Yale University; MA, Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies; MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
BA Yoga Studies, MA Yoga Studies
Yoga History, Theory, and Philosophy / Yoga 1: Foundations / Yoga Meditation / Meditation in Yogic and Tantric Traditions: A Practicum / Meditation in Yogic and Tantric Traditions II

Melissa Lago, MA, MDiv, was introduced to yoga as a child while attending the Oak Grove School founded by Jiddu Krishnamurti in Ojai, CA. In 2018 she completed a Master of Divinity degree where she worked to bring yoga, spiritual care, and chaplaincy together. Her research and studies culminated in her thesis titled, “Yoga Transforms Us: Building Resiliency and Intrinsic Spiritual Reliance through Yoga.” Prior to completing her MDiv, she taught yoga, philosophy, interdisciplinary studies, and world religions at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. In 2022 she joined the faculty of the Yoga Studies program at Naropa University as a Visiting Instructor. In addition to teaching at Naropa, she enjoys teaching at The StarHouse, privately, and for groups. To learn more about her background, please visit her website at


“What Does It Mean to be Awake?” Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, 2018

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