Melissa is a Senior Yoga Teacher with a Masters Degree in Psychology and a background in Dance. She graduated as a Yoga Teacher in Rishikesh, India in 2010 and has continued to travel, work and study around the World as a teacher, student and vegetarian chef. Her focus is on a gentle, nourishing practice that enables her students to tune into their own bodies and work at their own pace.
Melissa’s Yoga Story
My yoga journey began when I was travelling in Mexico. I began by joining an early morning class at an eco village I was volunteering at – I wanted to take some responsibility for my own mental and physical health. In yoga I found a practice to nourish body, mind and spirit and soon had my own daily practice and dedicated myself to studying the different aspects of Yoga. I studied Psychology at University as the body-mind connection has always intrigued me, so I viewed my yoga studies as a natural extension of this.
There were difficulties along the way and times when I ‘fell out’ with the practice, but it was always there for me when I returned.
In 2010 I decided to travel to India to train as a teacher. I spent 6 months there, immersing myself in yoga. I completed a 300 hour Yoga Alliance approved course in Rishikesh and I also spent time at the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. I was fortunate to meet some wonderful teachers, whose words still continue to evolve and grow with me now.
On returning to the UK I began teaching in Bournemouth and found a teacher to keep learning with, who was part of the Integral Yoga discipline. However, I felt I wanted to immerse myself in Yoga, as I had in India, so my Husband and I went to work at Yoga Rocks Crete for 2 years. We ran the vegetarian kitchen, met friends for life and continued to deepen our Yoga practice. We were lucky to study with some of the worlds most well known teachers.
We returned to the UK at the end of 2012 and I’ve been teaching several classes around Glasgow since then as well as running a vegetarian catering business, The Yoga Kitchen.
I have also completed a 90hour teaching training with Jude Murray to teach people living with cancer and long term illness and a 5-day Intensive with Donna Farhi, whose books I have always admired. These courses were both wonderful experiences and have added a different aspect to my own practice and therefore my teaching.
I continue to study and develop my practice, learning from great teachers and my wonderful students, who have taught me more than they could realise.
I am also now a Yoga Alliance Approved Senior Yoga Teacher and have begun teaching CPD qualifications for teachers in Yin and Restorative Yoga across Glasgow.