YOGA WITH MELISSA
Welcome and thank you for visiting my yoga site.
I started practising yoga about 20 years ago and teach online and in and around London. Yoga offers many physical and mental benefits and I’m passionate about making yoga accessible, enjoyable and a way to keep our minds and bodies strong, restored and resilient.
Unlock inner strength, peace and joy
I started practising yoga following a friend's recommendation to try a class. During the first few classes I was shown how to move and stretch in ways I wasn't used to, allowing my body to open up, be playful and move at its own pace. I began tuning into the body, igniting a sense of exploration and a feeling of calm and confidence.
As I developed a regular practice, I became aware of various physical and mental benefits. In particular, I was building upper as well as lower body strength, which I was thrilled about as I had always found it difficult to build strength in my arms. My stamina was also increasing making me realise the power of yoga in preparing for other physical pursuits I enjoyed, such as running and bike-rides. Together with this growing belief in my physical abilities, my focus and confidence were also improving, along with awareness, productivity and sense of overall calm.
“To be able to keep the mind in one spot creates mind muscles, gives the mind strength and power.” Ayya Khema
After a year of practising at home and going to classes, I started to teach friends and family to help them with specific areas and continued to try different styles of yoga to develop my practice. About this time, I also began primary teacher-training and the support that yoga offered me during training and teaching was invaluable. It helped me to stay focused, calm, energised and almost cold-free, another bonus! I also got the opportunity to teach yoga to the children which they enjoyed, especially Warrior 2. Fast-forward some years and I am now teaching yoga as an instructor. Soon after I qualified (RYS 200hrs, Yoga Alliance), I spent a summer teaching ‘Yoga for Everyone’ to holiday-makers and locals in Rhodes (Greece) in the peaceful grassy moat of the medieval town.
I now teach classes online and in and around London. The classes combine the breath, alignment and a sense of exploration to help students experience the dynamics and benefits of yoga. It would be great to see you! Namaste.