MARCH 8, 2022
She loves what she does and you can feel it. She teaches incredible sequences that are creative and powerful. She is real and rooted and honestly I can’t quite get enough of her.
Big things have happened in the last year too. She moved. The property brothers came and did some sweet magic. She was in school and graduated and has some news to share! Take that news to her and get 10% off your first visit (tell her Santosha sent you!) Find out below and meet her on your mat Tuesday’s at Mission (livestream) 4:30-5:30 pm for a Vinyasa Flow.
Melanie tell us about the big change in your life.
I recently became a Manual Osteopath and opened my own practice out of my house in Palliser. Moving bodies has always been a passion and now I actually get to help others heal their pain with hands-on therapy! Things I focus on are low back and neck pain, headaches/migraines, digestion issues, hormone issues, fertility health, inflammation, joint pain and more.
You are still loving yoga and teaching too! Which we are so grateful for. How did you first find yoga?
I first started practicing yoga as a synchronized swimmer. We would do sun salutations to warm up before training or to calm ourselves before competitions. I always thought it was a bit odd but liked the way I felt afterwards and continued practicing on and off until eventually doing my training.
When did you understand you wanted to become a yoga teacher?
Growing up I played a lot of sports, synchro, baseball, rugby and have always LOVED working out and movement of all kinds. Teaching others to move their body seemed like the coolest job ever but I did my 200hr training not thinking I would teach it but I was given opportunities right away to teach in Vancouver and never stopped.
What is your practice style?
I mainly practice Vinyasa and Hatha yoga but also love a good restful restorative class! I also meditate regularly.
What obstacles has yoga helped you to overcome?
Anxiety!! I suffered from panic attacks in my teens and early 20’s and have always struggled with anxiety. Everything used to stress me out and after I completed my first 40 day yoga challenge everything changed. My mind moved slowly like it was in honey. I was able to process my thoughts and separate them from my emotional reactions which were almost always over-reactions. I felt calm, content and for the first time experienced life free of anxiety. I was hooked!
That is such a testament to the power of yoga. What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Anything to open the front of the hips! Deer pose, lizard lunge, any thigh stretch. We spend most of our time sitting and it causes serious tension in the front of the hips which can translate into the low back causing instability and pain. So this is something I try to incorporate in any class I am taking or teaching.
Before someone takes a class with you, what would you like them to know?
My classes are typically challenging, flowy and focus on breath. I build slowly, increasing difficulty with a longer savasana and love a modern upbeat playlist!
What makes a great day for you?
I feel lucky that I love my work as much as a day off. I love chatting with my clients and figuring out the root to their issues. I love a day where I get to sweat and move my body at some point and it’s even better if that includes the beautiful Kananaskis mountains and TACOS!
Yes indeed!! Thanks for much for sharing with us.
For more information on Melanie, her Manual Osteopath offerings, or just to get in touch with her you can find her at www.melanieemlyn.com