Yoga Teacher - Newcastle, New South Wales
Welcome to Ebb and Flow Yoga. However you found your way here, I'm so glad you did. My own yoga story began in my 20s. I went to a handful of yoga classes and tried different styles. Dipping in and out of yoga in subsequent years, it wasn’t until later in life, an accumulation of stressful periods and physical injuries that I jumped back in, Full Monty style. Yoga helped me in so many ways, it became my mind/body fitness fix. Feeling compelled to sprinkle the magic, I completed my first teacher training, and haven’t looked back. Showing you how to move well lights me up. Seeing you realise your capability, is why I teach yoga.
Having studied and practiced several yoga styles it became clear to me, firstly, the importance of good posture, and secondly, the necessity of working our bodies in smart, non-damaging ways. Functional movement increases mobility. Good mobility improves the durability of your bones, joints, and muscles. Many people, regardless of their daily activity wait until they have a nagging pain, only then seeking professional help. Wouldn't you rather prevent these niggles whilst having fun?
Well, you can. I'm thrilled to be teaching LYT™ yoga, a method created by physical therapist Lara Heimann. The practice of LYT™ yoga shows the yogi good posture whilst correcting poor movement habits. In time, the body adapts to more sustainable patterns of movement until it becomes second nature. These tools, combined with creative and dynamic yoga sequences will give you strength, stability, and a yoga practice that is genuinely satisfying.
Whether you're an experienced yogi or new to yoga, I am committed to igniting your passion for movement by guiding you through this truly transformative practice. You deserve to feel the joy and power of your body. I intend to show you practical ways to incorporate yoga into all aspects of your life. Wherever you are on your journey, I’m here to back you. Smile a lot, have a tonne of fun, and get LYT with me!!
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First Aid - CPR Certified
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HOW YOGA CAN HELP YOU
Yoga is a wonderful tool that helps us move intelligently, maintain healthy joints, and feel energized.
Regular practice induces an awareness of the physical, mental, and spiritual nature of ourselves.
People often feel a sense of lightness after practicing yoga, like they've woken up.
Putting good stress on your bones, joints, and muscles makes them stronger and more pliable, which will give you more stability. Finding your physical strength will help you understand your body's capability. Yoga has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health. A physiological effect occurs, that stimulates the mind, whereby stress and anxiety are reduced, and replaced with feelings of positivity and engagement in life.
Strengthening your joints will increase your range of mobility. Moving your body in a variety of ways opens up places that are tight. You'll gain more freedom to move around in ways that protect you from the aches and pains experienced from having tension in the muscles and joints.
The breath is a powerful tool, it can help calm you down and deepen your self-awareness. Focusing on your breath engages you in the here and now, rather than being stuck with your inner thoughts. Each class starts with breathwork, which slows the racing mind. Then we begin our physical practice, aiming to maintain focus, (as much as possible) on the breath, as we move through our yoga sequences.
Mind Body Connection
Pranayama is the ancient practice of breath control. Prana, means 'Life Force'. There are several pranayama techniques, that all aim to clear emotional and physical obstacles in our lives. Pranayama, yoga, and meditation can lower your breathing and heart rate, decrease your stress levels, and increase blood flow to your vital organs. As a result, there's a balance shift to the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system gets switched on, sending us from 'fight or flight mode, to one of ease, 'rest and digest'.
In Sanskrit the word ‘yoga’ translates to ‘union’ or ‘connection’. The practice of yoga is a uniting of mind and body, mind and soul, and ultimately the union of the individual soul with the universal soul.
The practice of functional movement in yoga will have a huge impact on the well-being of your joints. Sustainable training sets up pathways in the brain, that become like a well-known road map for your body. Once these pathways are imprinted, your body has the awareness to perform safe, functional actions without having to think about it. This readiness is what we call adaptability, in functional movement and THIS is where the transformation happens.
"Yoga with Mel consistently covers the stretching and strengthening style of yoga that I love. It especially compliments my rowing program. Mel's classes are well prepared and thorough. My abs always get a workout, which I love!"
Tel: +61 422 386 507