be love.
Be inspired to open your heart and let love flow, let light enter, let your soul speak
Melissa Bowers

Inspirationalist ~ Meditation Teacher | Grief Educator & Guide | Wellbeing Mentor

Melissa Bowers is an the founder of Courage My Heart and creator of the HeartCompass Method. 

Melissa is a meditation teacher, grief educator & guide, and wellbeing mentor supporting you to heal grief and life transitions through mindfulness practices, cultivating lovingkindness (mettā-bhāvanā), and creative self-expression. She teaches group and private classes, encouraging the mind~body~heart connection with breathwork, gentle yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Melissa holds a sacred space for her students to be vulnerable, to explore and connect their life themes and story, and to find a stillness that allows them to listen with their whole heart.

My Experience + Ethos

I am an Inspirationalist devoted to helping you live a heartful, inspired and healthy life ~ grow courage, find hope, and create meaning, with a little magic along the way!

A core value of my teaching is cultivating lovingkindness, compassion, and self-care for ourselves, expanding to our circle of family and friends, and outward into the world. As a guide and teacher, my intuition flows from my sādhanā (daily spiritual practice), which includes prāṇāyāma (breathwork), meditation, and movement with a mix of Vinyasa, Yin, and Pilates.

My background in Learning & Development gives me a wonderful foundation in understanding how we learn, the science and power of hope, and how to embrace change with resilience.

A lifelong learner with years of training in holistic modalities, including meditation, mindfulness, compassion, yoga, Pilates, and formal grief and trauma work, have all informed how I support people ~ an intuitively holistic approach that integrates the mind, body, heart, and spirit.

Breathe with your whole heart

I am honoured to support and guide you in the grief and mindfulness practices that have helped me move forward in my healing journey.

My yoga and teaching is rooted in the belief that breathing is life changing. It is in our darkest moments that we really need to be still, listen, and breathe with intention. Our breath deepens our mind~body connection which opens us to the healing inner wisdom of our heart.

Nothing could prepare me for the death of my beautiful 22 year-old daughter Natasha. My life work is dedicated in honour of her ♡

Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language
~ it’s from the Latin word cor; meaning heart
~ and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.

Brené Brown

Professional Certifications & Development

Certified Grief Educator
Cognitive Behavioural Coach-Mentor
Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Training
Trauma-Informed Care Training
Classical Pilates Teacher – registered with Power Pilates
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
Yin Yoga Teacher – Yoga Alliance Certification
Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) – registered with Yoga Alliance
Insight Timer Meditation Teacher
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Facilitator
Meditation Teacher – Canadian Yoga Alliance Certification
Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP)
Qualified Adult Education Instructor (STLHE)

3 Questions

I am wildly curious to ask you 3 questions:

Kind Words ♡

MBSR Reduced anxiety & stress
“Meditation has helped me connect to myself and give me an inner peace which is a new feeling for me. I am able to handle stressful situations better and I’m not as anxious as I used to be.  Having a daily practice has been life changing for me. Mentally and physically I feel lighter, and my friends say I am shining. I am so grateful for you Melissa!”

Pat ♡ Primary Teacher

Healing relief from chronic pain
 “Melissa is such a bright light in my life. As a person living with a chronic pain condition, I have found that regular meditation has brought me relief and has helped improve my prognosis and outlook.  Learning how to focus on my breath allows me to practice walking meditation on a daily basis.  Being able to schedule a remote session is so convenient when I am unable to leave the house. I also appreciate the guided meditations on the website which I use regularly.

Su ♡ Hospital Administration

Gratitude & Self-Care
“Melissa is extraordinary and she has become a positive and supportive friend to me and my family. I have enormous gratitude for our sessions on breathing, meditation, and yoga and self-care techniques. In the first few weeks I noticed a change in my thinking, finding peace in everyday moments, and especially realizing the importance of starting a daily practice. I am really enjoying the journalling and mindful garden exercises. I live in the present, I try to experience each moment as it is, and I look forward in my life with gratitude. Thank you for your lightness of being Melissa!”

Irene ♡ Teacher

Life Mentorship & Personalized Meditation
I have attended group meditation sessions and private mentorship with Melissa for nearly 10 years. She is a beautiful and kindhearted soul, and has such a calming presence and intuitive nature. Melissa reminds you who you really are, she is curious, asks questions, and then guides you to find the way.

I wholeheartedly recommend Melissa to anyone who needs to make a shift or find more balance in their life. If you are ready, you will experience a new perspective and transformation with Melissa.

Sandy ♡ Business Owner

Meditation & Yoga
“Melissa is an aware, compassionate, and thoughtful teacher. She teaches from a holistic place that accommodates the various bodies and backgrounds in the room. Her sessions are part spiritual, part movement, part free flow or freedom movement as she says, and are always dynamic, healing, and fun. I am grateful to have Melissa as my teacher and an important part of my life. Thank you for your teachings Melissa.”

Alex ♡ Human Resources

Mindfulness Meditation
“I have had the opportunity to practice with Melissa both in-person and online through our employee wellness program. She is a student first which is what makes Melissa such an authentic and gifted teacher. She has a very healing and grounding energy which impacts all those around her. Melissa is kind, patient, and honours the students in the room. I always learn something from her and from her way of being in the world. Her practice is tightly woven into the fabric of her life.”

Adam ♡ Training Manager
New Zealand


I am being, becoming, and un-becoming. 
I honour my soul’s journey and release my past. 
I trust in the divine timing of each perfect lesson presented to me.
I bless each beautiful soul I encounter. 
I act in faith and I am fearless to create a future through inspired action. 

Everything Is Connected

Melissa Bowers