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General thoughts and feelings about whats happening in the world of mellowburn yoga - mainly drivel but if you'd like to read it, I like you reading it :)

By mellowburnyoga, Mar 27 2016 05:01PM

Happy Easter one and all! Ok so the level of chocolate going on in this house is nearing digusting. I recently read an article about being a 'bad yogi' and forgiving yourself such sins, so have taken this as an intervention from the universe not to beat myself up about it too much. It has however, spurred me forward to write a kick ass detox sequence for class next week.


So the mellowburn adventure continues onwards and upwards. I have fast learnt that one things for sure in this yoga teaching business, you cannot predict ANYthing. I mean when you think you're getting nice and cosy in a teaching schedule, you can bet your bottom dollar everything will change in the blink of an eye - so its important to stay adaptable and flexible. I have covered anywhere and everywhere and its fabulous when it creates new connections and experiences to learn from. It humbles me when new opportunites continue to be placed at my door and I'm forever in awe of my students continued faith in me as they appear and reappear at my classes. To share something so positive that I'm told over and over again is changing peoples lives for the better, makes me very happy indeed.


My newest teaching opportunities since I last blogged, involve a stint in Pirbright covering a fantastic little class of 'country yogis' ;), an offering to lead some workshops in Cafe Mila Yoga Studios in Godalming, and a great job teaching regularly at Aveda Hair Salons in Central Guildford. They have put together a luxury studio space for an intimate class, including mohair blankets and underfloor heating - tres posh! I'm delighted at the opportunity to teach a yin/yang blend which I believe will be the only class of its kind on offer in Guildford!

More excitment comes from my regular teaching gig on Thursday evenings at Peak Fitness Gym in central woking... They have had so many complaints from students that there wasn't space in my class, that they have added an extra class! My ego is in tact I promise - but I am thrilled!

I continue to cover at Surrey Sports Park now and again, and it goes without saying that my beloved Mellowburn Classes continue on as a growing community of yoga lovers and general lovelies.


I can feel my teaching has evolved so much - thought I'm forever excited to look forward to sharing new poses and transistions between poses, not to mention the ongoing thrill of seeking out themes, guided meditations and yoga styles to share. We do so love to explore in class and sometimes I'm as suprised as the next person about what comes up! It is brilliant to watch everyone fall further in love with their own practice and progress so beautifully. Lots of photos on my facebook page of students in wierd and wonderful poses if you're interested: www.facebook.com/mellowburnyoga


So if you're reading this and you haven't ventured forth to a mellowburn class yet, I promise its worth a try - I mean, well I would say that, but from the feedback I get, I feel confident that its worth an hour of your time to see what its like! Hope to see you matside - love n' peace, Mel x

By mellowburnyoga, Dec 16 2015 05:31PM

So unbelievably, I conclude my first year as a yoga teacher, filled with enthusiasm and delight at how well it's gone! I really have enjoyed myself!

I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to teach a variety of styles of yoga (Static hatha, hot vinyasa flow, yin, yinyang) at such a variety of places so far - Surrey Sports Park, Hotpod, Guildford Spectrum, Peak Fitness Gym, Akram Yoga Studios, Cafe Mila, not to mention a number of private homes, GreenArks Community Centre, Burpham Wellbeing Studio and now Queen Elizabeth Park community Centre for my own classes. From class planning & sequencing, to business running, balancing life and practice with work and continually learning has meant an immense journey that feels like its only just begun!

I have to say, the best part of the job is you guys - my students make the whole job such a wonderful and rewarding thing - watching people start connecting with themselves, their bodies, enjoying their progress, all whilst building friendships and little community of such lovely folk, opens up new doorways of yoga that I didn't even fathom.

The encouragement and support I have received as a teacher has truly been humbling and heartwarming and its with grateful wide eyed joy that I look ahead to 2016.

So new changes for 2016, Monday mornings have moved to the lovely Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stoughton, Guildford. I'm confident that this venue will be our yoga home for a long time to come as it ticks all the boxes :)

I've also taken on a full timetable in terms of my teaching capacity with an agreed position from February at at the brand new Aveda yoga studio which is amazing!

I will keep learning and keep sharing everything I find about yoga and hope my passion ignites yours :)

For now, I wish you ALL a fabulous, Happy, Joy Filled Christmas and New Year!

Viva Yoga! :D

Namaste

Mel

x


By mellowburnyoga, Jul 24 2015 11:36AM


Wow so here we are already in the midst of a great British Summer! I can hardly believe how quickly this year is going! :)


I hope you have all had a wonderful first half of 2015 and this end, I am glad to report Mellowburn yoga continues going from strength to strength.


I have been lucky to get lots of opportunities and new possibilities in the diary including cover work at Akram Hot Yoga Studios in Woking, Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford along with a brand new Mellowburn Yin yoga Class, launched on Tuesday 14th July. To my relief and delight it was recieved extremely well by all that attended. As a result, I will be launching a weekly Yin class from September 8th every Tuesday night, so please get in touch if you'd like more info on attending.


Watch out for the up and coming free Mellowburn Summer Yoga class held outside at Stoke park on Sunday 30th August 10.30-12 - message me if you're interested in coming and cross your fingers for good weather!


Other than that I look forward to more teacher training in leafy Surrey with a Yin Workshop followed by Gong Sound bath - Music to my ears!


Please remember there are NO wednesday night classes for the next two weeks! Back 12th August for business as usual!


Thats it from me for now, but I wish you all the very best of Summers :) Thanks for your continued support of Mellowburn Yoga and I look forward (as always) to seeing you on the mat soonest!


Namaste

Mel

x


By mellowburnyoga, Mar 28 2015 11:51AM

Hello again people


Wow! A whole term just went by and I really didn't see that one creeping up on me! So its been an interesting term - I have taught a whole spectrum of different folk from the fit to the not to fit, the y oung to the not so young and the flexible to the.. not so flexible. It seems the reasons that people come to yoga are as different as they are.


My first term as a fully fledged teacher has been full of lessons learned, one of which being that perhaps yoga and nursery schools don't necessarily mix well! Despite Mayford being a lovely venue, I just wasn't able to coax the people of Mayford and surroundings into coming and giving yoga a try with me. I had to put my business head on and for that reason, regrettably have stopped Wednesday mornings.

On a positive note I have continued to gain work elsewhere and am adopting a mantra of yes I can so keeping busy wedging my yogic life between and around my little ones and everything else.


The intensive yin training with Norman Blair at Islington life centre was both eye opening and inspiring. I came away quite literally feeling like I had been immersed in a bubble of relaxation and surrender and the effect was pretty astounding! It is something I have a deep desire to explore much further in my future yogic life and I really want to teach and share yin yoga with others! I hope to seek out opportuniites to do so!


On the other end of the spectrum I have now become a hot yoga teacher too! HotPod yoga have expanded to Surrey after working with the Harlequin Rugby Squad and I was lucky enough to get a job with them. Hard work but so worth it and its been great to learn a solid proper hot flow vinyasa sequence and get thtat under my belt!


In my personal practice I continue to work on several more advanced arm balances, and am really enjoying progressing in handstands, forearms stands (peacock/mayurasana), grasshopper and flying pigeon! I hope to be good enough soon to pass on my knowledge to my students!


So my first three months as a yoga teacher have flown by and I have been lucky enough to meet some really great people and a couple of total gems too. Feeling grateful for my life and my aspiring dreams coming true.


I would love to see you on the mat soon!


Practice and feel better!

Best wishes & the Happiest of Easters to all

Namaste

Melanie

x

By mellowburnyoga, Feb 22 2015 08:36PM

Namaste Yogis!


So its with a refreshed heart we reapproach our mats for this weeks classes. We will be having a vinyasa flow focus this week, so prepare to increase that heartrate and re-energise!


Flow yoga is a sequence of movements designed to flow smoothly from one to the other and is often regarded as 'vinyasa' meaning breath synchronised movement. Its extremely popular given its fitness aspect


It is a great way to harmonise the body, open and strengthen the body in several different ways and lift energy levels. You will leave the class feeling revitalised and like you've had a good all over work out.. because of the fluid nature of the movements, as you increase your knowledge of the poses, its a great way to switch the brain off as you move an get into a meditative state of mind too -


I look forward to sharing it with you and look forward to see you all on the mat soon


Feel Better - Do yoga! :)


Mel

x

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