Mel first started practising yoga in 2016 originally finding it to help her through a difficult time in her life. It was after only a few classes she started to grasp the extreme depths and vastness of this beautiful, ancient practise. She found it not only improved her mental health but her mental state and strength. After developing a regular practise, she embarked on teacher training with Zenko Yoga after 3 years.
Since then, Mel has dived into daily meditation and journalling practises, started following the incredible man, Wim Hof (also known as the Iceman) and is studying Impact Theory to bring further awareness to how incredible our minds are.
Over the next 5 years, it is her goal to teach children how to handle stress, practise mindfulness, prevent mental illness and adopt a learners mindset before the age of 12.
Mel is extremely passionate about dedicating her time and service to improve the lives of our community by bringing awareness to the power of yoga and how it can truly change your life. Her main focus is to bring mindfulness, focus and gratitude to every single day in classes that are safe, supportive and a space where there is no judgement; a place where your journey is respected and truly honoured.
Do you have a mantra/quote that you often turn to?
"You cannot pour from a glass that is empty"
"Fall in love with yourself first"
"If you aim at nothing, you hit nothing"
These have been mantras for Mel many times throughout her life. We must first care for ourselves before we can be of service to others. In a world where things move extremely fast and can often be superficial, this is a reminder to slow down and take a moment to breathe.
How do you fill up your love tank?
Spending time in nature, mostly around waterfalls, having a really good deep belly laugh with people she loves, playing guitar and singing and finding simple pockets of beauty that make us grateful
What advice would you give someone wondering whether to try yoga for the first time?
If you have every wondered if there is more to life then what you are currently experiencing, even just for a second, yoga is for you. Allow yourself to be open minded, be vulnerable and enjoy the ride. You will thank yourself 10 million times over, as will your children, partners, co-workers and loved ones. The best time to start is now.