Mel is grateful to have studied with a variety of senior and international teachers including Laura Gilmore (Director of Bristol City Yoga and senior yoga teacher), Matthew Sanford (author, yoga teacher, and pioneer in adapting yoga for people with disabilities), James Reeves (the only i-Rest yoga nidra teacher trainer in Europe), Donna Farhi (world renowned author and yoga teacher with 35 years practice experience), and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, (writer, visionary, radical yogini and eco-feminist activist), and later this year, Rod Stryker.
Committed to developing her own knowledge and study, Mel is dedicated to her practice and study of yoga, and has trained in:
- Yoga Alliance diploma level (500hour) with Laura Gilmore
- Pregnancy yoga with Laura Gilmore and Ali Woozley
- Well-woman yoga therapy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
- iRest level 1 yoga nidra with James Reeves
- Total Yoga nidra with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
- Yoga nidra with Rod Stryker
- Restorative yoga with Anna Ashby
- Vinyasa flow with Heather Elton
She is also a qualified reflexologist and uses this knowledge to add an extra dimension of soothing to her 1-2-1 yoga sessions.Mel is constantly seeking out new viewpoints and ideas. She brings critical thinking to her teaching and study, and believes in uncovering the reason behind why we do what we do in yoga.
She believes yoga is a political, social, physical and spiritual act. Mel feels that yoga is a gift, and the gift it offers the world now is deep healing, rest and transformation, and with this in mind, Mel’s latest project is Rest Is Radical, a project which aims to help individuals and groups to not only change their own lives, but transform the world around them.
Using the practices of restorative yoga and yoga nidra, Rest Is Radical is shared through workshops, events and one-to-one sessions to anyone looking to take control of their own healing, to avoid burn out, manage stress, and increase productivity and creativity to make their goals and dreams comes true. Mel is currently writing the book to accompany the project; find out more on this project here.
Mel has taught at yoga holidays in Greece, run retreats across the south west of England and Wales, and teaches classes and workshops regularly in Bristol. Her most popular workshops are her monthly Restorative Afternoons, featuring restorative yoga, yoga nidra and delicious Moontime Chocolates! Mel loves working 1-1 with clients on specific needs, and finds more people in need of more deep rest.