Hi, I’m Melanie and I am SO pleased that you are here!
If you haven’t guessed already, I am a Yoga Teacher, based in Surrey, UK, and I teach across Surrey, as well as central and west London.
I believe that yoga offers valuable and practical tools to help you counter the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges of modern, busy life. I believe in making ancient wisdom accessible and relevant to your modern yoga practice, and daily life.
After practicing traditional forms of yoga for many years, I began to seek out a smarter way to practice and teach yoga, that is grounded in safe movement patterns and that continues to help develop strength and mobility. Enter LYT Yoga!
My teaching style now is primarily informed by LYT Method Yoga, which is a style of yoga developed by a US-based physiotherapist Lara Heimann. LYT Method Yoga is based on principles of smart sequencing that retrains your movement patterns to find more balance in your body so you feel better and more energised. It is similar in style to Vinyasa flow, but has a focus on functional movement, meaning training your body to move better not only on the mat but throughout your daily life.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Yoga West London
This training was based in traditional forms of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. The lead teachers were Jeff Phenix, Zeena Kalisperades and Christian Coelho. Anatomy was covered by Cal Wainright.
200 Hour LYT Method Yoga Level 1 – Lara Heimann
This training was based in the style of LYT Method Yoga and the training was led by Lara Heimann. It provided an incredibly in-depth training in anatomy, as well as key principles in Sequencing classes.
10-Hour Sequencing Lab Training – Kristin Williams
This training built on the sequencing skills covered in LYT Level 1, and focused on key principles of good sequencing in yoga classes, and how to use the planes of motion to build out level-appropriate classes
100 Hour LYT Specialty Module – Lara Heimann
Teaching to key population groups including Beginners, Pre- and Post-Natal, Corporates, Athletes (including focus on runners, cyclists, tennis and golf), and Seniors.
In addition to the above, I regularly take continuing professional development courses to fresh my knowledge and keep up to date with the latest in yoga education.
What to expect in my classes
A true bookworm at heart, I draw on both the ancient teachings of Yoga as well as the latest thinking in health and wellbeing to offer my students more in their practice than simply creating shapes with their bodies (although we do that too!)
It is a privilege as a teacher to carry on the lineage of Yoga, passing on its ancient wisdom to a new generation of students. I approach philosophy with a critical lens and look to always connect it in practical and real terms to your daily life.
I aim in my teaching to help students explore greater depth on and off the mat, as my own practice did for me. The yoga mat can offer a physical, mental, and emotional space for us to explore the way in which we live our lives.
In our daily lives, our modern society bombards us with conflicting messages about our health. We see images of supermodels and fitness influencers everywhere we look, whilst being told to maximise our productivity and continually work harder to reach success.
People encourage us to work off our ‘sins’, using exercise as punishment for our diet. I believe that Yoga offers us a counterpoint to these messages, as we come to accept our body, so to can we better notice and challenge the conflicting messages around us.
I work first and foremost from a space of kindness and self-acceptance. I always ask my students to work with the body as it is on that day, and to use yoga as a vehicle for self-inquiry.
When was the last time you did a cartwheel? Or handstand? Or baby bear walks around the room? At what point did we lose that childlike curiosity, the joy in exploration and play?
In my yoga classes, we explore all of these and more, in the context of developing strength, stability, and mobility to support our daily lives.
There is already plenty of seriousness in this world, and yoga can be both an escape from that and a means to find the resilience within ourselves to live in the world. But it also is a way of finding joy! Freedom in our bodies can be inherently joyful and uplifting, giving us an opportunity to explore our full wild, creative and spiritual beings through play.