We asked Melissa to tell us a bit more about Yin Yoga and her workshop coming up on April 7th, to which she replied: "Yin Yoga is a beautiful, profound practice that I feel very passionate about. On a physical level, it opens you up quite deeply through passive poses held on the mat for up to 5 minutes each. However the benefits are even greater than increased openness and flexibility in the tissues of the body. Yin yoga is amazing at reducing stress, calming the mind, promoting a deep state of relaxation and creating a wonderful space of introspection where you can withdraw from the very active world we live in and journey inwards to re-connect with yourself and your own deeper voice and intuition."
In terms of her individual approach to teaching yin yoga, Melissa is particularly drawn to creating themed yin classes that incorporate mindfulness, breath work and guided imagery and visualisations. "I am very interested in immersive themes for my yin yoga classes. I enjoy creating different worlds that students can enter for the duration of the class and feel as though the external world and any cares or distractions are a million miles away. My classes are very often themed around nature. We travel to a different place each week, whether that be the beach, the forest, the clouds, a campfire - each class is a new, imaginative world that I enjoy bringing to life through guided imagery and also through sound and themed music."
Melissa completed her first yin yoga training in Kyoto, Japan in a Buddhist temple during the springtime when cherry blossom season had just begun. This experience of learning yin yoga in such a beautiful place and during such a special time was thoroughly inspiring to Melissa and has stayed with her ever since. She is eager to share some of the magic of that experience with her students, and will be theming this April workshop around an enchanted journey to Cherry Blossom Season in Japan. Expect a deeply relaxing practice that will leave you feeling thoroughly zen and restored. All levels and injuries are welcome - sign up today.