Yoga and Functional Movement
Melita's unique functional yoga classes have provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop a stronger and more balanced yoga practice. I take this into my daily tasks with greater mobility.
Robbie Henderson - Client
Transform your everyday movement into extraordinary movement.
Ebb and Flow Yoga classes focus on strength, mobility and alignment. These attributes give you the core strength, stability and coordination needed to move well.
Based on principles of functional anatomy and movement mechanics, our sequences are specifically designed to retrain old movement habits and postural imbalances.
Functional movement in yoga means moving your body safely, in a variety of ways that are fun and challenging. You will be challenged and amazed at what you can do!
Every class starts with the most fundamental movement patterns, laying the groundwork before moving into more complex functional patterns. It’s a little like setting the foundations of a statue, in order to secure the main body of the structure in place. Functional movement gives you energy and clarity so you can enjoy times of stillness.
Our classes are SAFE AS!
Smart Adaptable Fresh Energising Aware Safe
What's all the fuss about, anyway?
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 relaxed breathwork, which slows the racing mind. Transitioning to our physical practice, we aim to maintain focus on the breath, like a synchronized dance.
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 creates 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 them. This readiness is what we call adaptability, in functional movement and THIS is where the transformation happens.
Ebb and Flow Yoga, Newcastle
Melita Eisenberg - Yoga Teacher
Do you ever find yourself saying, "I'm just too busy"? It's true, life is hectic; with its responsibilities, deadlines, and 'to-do' lists, but sometimes, keeping up with it all comes at a cost. Plus, that 'to-do' list isn't going to get any shorter! I get it. I’ve worked in corporate roles, creative services, and hospitality, so I know what it’s like, working to a busy schedule with high expectations. It can leave you feeling physically and mentally drained, and more vulnerable to injuries. If we want to be our best, we need to slow down, find a balance, and we need to refill our cups.
Yoga has always served me as a wonderful tool for finding balance, however, over the years, I became frustrated hearing the words, "more" and "further" in relation to twisting, folding and bending. I would push myself to my edge, thinking it must be the right thing, but it definitely didn't feel right! I started to wonder if there was something I was missing, after all, at the busy studios I attended, everyone seemed so 'flexible'. Thankfully I found a style of yoga that is safe, informed and fun that doesn't require folding myself in half.
Finding The Right Balance.
As a certified teacher of LYT™ Yoga Method, (created by physiotherapist Lara Heimann) my classes are inspired by and based on anatomy and physiotherapy, and the abundance of knowledge gained through LYT™ Yoga training. The LYT™ style is based on principles of functional anatomy, the mechanics of movement and neural mapping, (looking at how the brain coordinates and maps physical movement). This informed and studied method makes for a smarter, safer approach to yoga.
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’m here 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!!
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I truly look forward to my classes with Melita. Taking time out of a busy day to reset the mind and body is so beneficial. Melita offers a unique style of yoga that is suitable for everyone, providing suggestions and guidance with each pose, depending on the difficulty and peoples' ability. There's no judgement, Melita makes it fun and we often have a laugh. I always feel so good, strong & reenergised afterwards.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for Melita as a Yoga teacher. Her dedication, commitment, encouraging manner, and abundant knowledge keep me coming back for more.
KAREN, MUM OF TEEN CLIENT
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you, Melita! My daughter absolutely LOVES your yoga classes. From what she describes, she not only gets a good workout, but you also cover the mind - body - spirit. Very thoughtful and caring, I want a join a class now!
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"Mel's unique functional yoga classes have provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop a stronger and more balanced yoga practice. I take this into my daily tasks with greater mobility."
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