Melissa Cuddihy

Melissa Cuddihy


"I believe that well-being  consists of a balance of exercise, healthy nutrition , rest and relaxation.  I have found yoga to be an essential component to wellness. I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years and became certified to teach yoga through the Nourish teacher training program with Victor Dubin.  In addition to teaching yoga, I have over 15 years of experience in the wellness industry.  I am certified in massage therapy, aquatic therapy and exercise and teaching integrative fitness for people with injury.    I believe my teaching style allows students of all levels to easily follow classes, I help each participant with any accommodations they may have. "

"I have lived in Santa Cruz for 20 years raising my family.  I enjoy traveling and practicing  yoga.  I am excited to open the doors of Urban Sanctuary to offer a range of classes to suit people from all walks of life!"

Melissa Cuddihy, Founder/Instructor



Laura Albrecht, Instructor

Laura Albrecht teaches Yoga, Spinefulness, and theraputic exercise to groups and individuals throughout the Bay Area. She a background in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga from studies at Mount Madonna Center and currently studies with  Spinefulness founder, Jean Couch, at the balance center in Palo Alto. She also has experience  as physical therapy aide and chiropractic aid. Laura believes that for a healthy yoga practice, the fundamental postures of life; sitting, standing, bending, walking, and sleeping require the most awareness and refinement. As a teacher, Laura's goal is to keep students safe by moving slow and educating everyone about deep, postural strength. She guides students through poses and movement patterns that inform the way they move off the yoga mat with intention of bringing mindful movement into our everyday lives. Laura believes that Yoga and Spinefulness are practices that can be beneficial to everyone. It is her job to help you discover a practice that allows for the body's internal healing powers to shine.


Abbie Righetti, Instructor




Zoe Williams , Instructor

Zoe was born and raised here in Santa Cruz.  She began her practice of yoga more than 15 years ago.  She found it was a way to both exercise and relieve stress and tension. She completed the Nourish YogaTeacher Training and received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Training in 2012. In January of 2017, Zoe completed her Yoga for Healthy Aging Certification in Berkeley with Dr. Baxter Bell and is currently working on her Yin Yoga certification with Melina Meza.

"The classes I teach are Hatha Yoga based, including breath work, some flow, balance,  strengthening, , stretching, relaxing and restorative poses. I enjoy using the earth to help ground and the sky and space to grow upward and outward.  So I guess I am into nature and natural elements too".

Zoe also holds an AS is Early Childhood Education from Cabrillo College and is a certifiedMontessori Teacher.  When not practicing yoga, she can be found enjoying time with her husband of 20 years and her two beautiful children.