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I’m a firm believer that behind every great business is one hell of a leader who is not only an expert in their field but an all rounder who has mastered the art of kindness and being a people person.

And this is Mel.

I’ve done my fair share of the Hot Vinyasa and Warm Core Power classes, all leaving me with a sense of calmness and inner peace and would whole heartedly recommend this TWISTING PEACOCK YOGA. Yoga was never the type of movement I would actively seek out before as I firmly believed my racing head was a beast that could never be tamed with something as simple and connective as breathing. However I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive impact it’s had and the hearts of Mel and her team shine through in all that they teach.

So much so that when I went through a particularly painful breakup last year I reached out to Mel in desperation at not knowing what to do and to see if she had any Yogi advice for a broken heart.

Text books will teach you most things but radiating love is something quite different, something that oozes from your very core. And this is what I personally think makes Twisting Peacock Yoga that extra bit special.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and Twisting Peacock Yoga?

Hi guys, my name is Mel Howard I am the owner of Twisting Peacock Yoga in Osborne Park. I am a yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, crystal healer and massage therapist. All of which I love to do so I am very grateful that I get the opportunity to work with people in all these modalities on a daily basis.

What makes your happy home different to other Yoga facilities?

I think all boutique yoga studios have such a unique vibe, that’s why I have always chosen to practice at small local spaces. At TPY we try to make it super welcoming and accessible to all levels of yogi with our heated and non heated Vinyasa and Yin classes. Particularly unique to TPY are our womens only nude classes and as well as our Chakra Balancing Restorative classes. Both of which I urge everyone to try (men welcome to all our classes except the Nude).

What does health mean to you?

Health to me means when we are in balance, mentally, emotionally and physically, and that looks so different for each individual. I like to work on the 80/20 rule with physical exercise and my diet, knowing when to rest and take it easy and also knowing that it’s totally ok to go out for pizza and beer every now and again. Then asana, meditation and pranayma practice all help keep my emotions and mental health in check.

In your opinion, can yoga help to combat the stress of everyday life, anxiety, depression etc and how?

I think you will find if you ask any yogi this question you will get the same response…a huge resounding YES! Yoga not only makes you feel calm and stretchy it also lowers your heart rate, reduces the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in your blood, lowers blood pressure and quietens down our endless mind chatter. All good physiological things when we are trying to combat stress, anxiety and depression. All good things as they have a flow over effect long after you have stepped off your mat. There have been sooooo many studies done on the effects of yoga on stress, anxiety and depression and it turns out science is now backing up what yogis have known for thousands of years. Check out this awesome short documentary on exactly what yoga does to our bodies, mentally, emotionally and physically!

Watch ‘The Science Behind Yoga and Stress’

 

As a Yoga teacher, what does a typical day look like for you?

I am not a morning yogi so I wake up at about 7am, have some breakfast, take my dog for a walk come back to my office (my bed) and do all my ‘adminy things’. I then normally have a private client  / healing session and after aim to schedule any meetings / catch ups around lunch so I can kill two birds with one stone. After lunch it’s another private client / healing session and then I teach in the evenings. In between all this I sequence and research for my classes and use that time for my self practice also. Weekends are much more chilled.

To anyone practising for the first time, what’s the best piece of advice you could give to them?

I would say get your butt into a beginner course. Trying to jump into classes is tough (and sometimes dangerous) if you have absolutely no idea of what you’re doing.  Also lots of people are turned off as they find it too hard to keep up and that there is just too much going on with breathing, twisting and flowing. Aim to finish your course, get some proper foundation and alignment of the basic postures, learn pranayama (breathing ) and meditation techniques. This was, when you do get along to your first “real” class you will enjoy it rather then just struggle through.

Thanks so much for sharing Mel! If you’d like to know more you can visit the website here.

Namaste.
An acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another

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