A fully qualified & insured hatha yoga teacher with first aid training, I have studied and practiced yoga since 2004
Hello. I'm Melanie :) Once upon a time, I paid absolutly no attention to my health. What.so.ever.
Raised by hippies I was always very tuned in to the idea that material attachment was bad; community and helping people is good. I always felt myself to be a small part of something bigger and I always felt that there was an energy within me and around me.
Throughout my teens and early adulthood I smoked, ate lots of crap really late at night and thought sporty people were 'another tribe'. I just got used to the inflexibility, uncomfortable twinges, shortness of breath, regular coughs and colds and poor digestion as I rushed around in my daily life. I groaned as I stood up and paid no attention to my posture. Flexibility was something that kids have and my body was simply disregarded unless it hurt. I had a stressful busy job and I never, EVER made time just for me. I suffered my minor ailments believing them to be just a part of life. I travelled, a lot. And it was then I began to realise that a healthy lifestyle was more than just being at the gym.
Then one day, I found a yoga class. It was literally the first kind of exercise I had done in nearly 10 years. Right from scratch it made me feel different; calm, open; Better.
"Yeah", I thought, "I could do yoga"... Over time, it started to turn into "I'm well into yoga" and eventually evolved into "Woah I LOVE my yoga!". Now it's "I can't live without yoga!". It has literally improved and changed my life dramatically.
Nearly 13 years later, with teaching qualifications and a bucket load of passion, here I am, wanting to share with you what I know.
And I can promise you this; If you give it a try, yoga will make you feel so much better too.
Other Teacher Training:
March 2015: 3 day Yin Yoga intensive workshop with Norman Blair @ Islington Life Centre
April 2015: Anatomy workshop with globally recognised Orthopedic Surgeon turned Yoga anatomy expert and author, Ray Long MD
June 2015: Adjustments Workshop with Naomi Absalom @ Union Station Yoga Studio, Clapham Junction
September 2015: Yin Yoga CPD teaching workshop & Equinox Celebration with Senior Yoga Instructor Regina Kerschbaumer, Bansted Surrey
November 2015: Yoga Teaching Assists Workshop @ Red Hot Yoga Studios, Guildford
May 2016: Kinesiological Stretch Workshop Training @ Red Hot Yoga Studios, Guildford
Continued Online Tutoring & Mentoring via YogaGlo / Yoga International and various
August 2016: The Oyster + The Pearl: Hips + Shoulders + Heart Openers Workshop with Taylor Harkness @ Harbour Yoga Studios, Farnham
September 2016: Deepen + refine your classroom + one to one teaching with Lisa Sanfilippo @ TriYoga, Chelsea
March 2017: A journey through the Chakras Workshop, Swami Saradananda @ Yotopia, Covent Garden
August 2017: Teachers Immersion with Taylor Harkness @ Harbour Yoga Studio, Farnham
September 2017: Yoga Science & Back Pain with Dawn Morse BSc, PGCE, MSc, SYT @ Swindon
June 2018: Handstand Workshop with Indaba Yoga Studios, London
October 2018: Mobility, Creativity & Fluidity with Naomi Absalom at Harbour Yoga, Farnham
British School of Yoga Diploma - Distinction
(Recognised by Ruth White Yoga)
Registered with IYN (Independent Yoga Network)
Red Cross First aid training certification
Full Public Liability Insurance
13 Years mixed discipline hatha yoga experience including:
Vinyasa flow, Iyenga, Ashtanga, Yin, Power Flow, Bikram, Kundalini,
Barre Concept, Restorative, Meditation
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