Hello there!

Welcome to QuinoaYoga – a blog aiming to form a worldwide community of quinoa and yoga loving expats that support each other in finding their zen and inner home with a little bit of mindfulness and humor.


You may be wondering, why in the world quinoa.yoga???

Well, quinoa, a nowadays very trendy super food, gives you lots of protein and iron and is loved by the vegan/vegetarian community. Quinoa also is (or was) a staple food for the people of Bolivia, where it comes from.  Yet, since this holy chenopodium (it’s not a grain but more like a seed!) was labeled super food, it has impacted the nutrition and farming practices of Bolivians and their soil in good and bad ways.

In this blog, quinoa represents consciousness and the responsibility we have as consumers in this world. Not only in regards to what you eat, but in all the choices that you make.

Because as consumers, our decisions have immense power over the fate of others. Acknowledging that power is the first step. 

Yoga represents mindfulness inside and out. It is not just a set of poses that you practice to get beautifuly toned shoulders – it’s a way of living mindfully.

Yoga is not a sport, nor a religion, nor a philosophical doctrine, and is definitely not mystical. Yoga is just wisdom. Wisdom of life. It’s pretty much a manual to live a really, really good life.

Throughout the past few years, these two key words have changed the way I see the world. I hope that by sharing my stories and tips with you, I can help you do the same for yourself, too.

With love and purpose,


MelMelissa, originally from Mexico, lives in Germany since 2010. She’s a certified Hatha and Yoga Instructor. When she’s not busy managing international development projects at her day job, she daydreams of leading yoga and meditation retreats that support local communities with women and children empowerment projects in a far away jungle.