About

MELANIE DE VILLIERS

I found Yoga in 1995 when during my psychology studies I intuitively felt drawn to explore eastern philosophy as a compliment to my western understanding of the human mind.

After many years of practice I qualified as a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa teacher in 2009. Looking for more refinement in my Yoga vocabulary and urged by a deeper intent to apply Yoga therapeutically, I decided to enrol in an intense 6 year commitment to qualify as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. 2020 marks the final year of my Junior certificate, thereafter I plan to continue my studies within this powerful method of Yoga.

My knowledge is firmly rooted in the classical teachings of Krishnamacharya, based on the traditional disciplines of Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, yet my teaching expands to include some creative transitions and gentle restorative flow.

I’ve travelled to India extensively to explore meditation, Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy. I enjoyed the incredible privilege to study with many inspirational Yoga teachers from around the world, including BKS Iyengar at his Institute in Pune. But beyond all the studies, my deepest inner transformation comes from the pure silence of early morning Mysore practice, where I viscerally experience the teachings as my own truth.

My approach is open and inquisitive, as I draw inspiration from the raw elements of nature and my own direct experience of life. Continually expanding my intuitive understanding of the rhythmical ebb and flow of life force in body, mind and soul, I creatively weave a tapestry of insight into my Yoga classes.

With intimate personal guidance I design the ultimate Yoga experience for individuals and groups. I like to think of my teaching as rhythmical poetry, with deep focus on intelligent sequencing and safe alignment to create a beautiful balance between effort and play.

In full commitment to personal evolution, I believe in the healing power of Yoga as a strong spiritual medicine that can unlock our fullest life potential.

Melanie is currently based in Cape Town, where she teaches personalised private Yoga classes.

“When you practice non-exotic, everyday Yoga, looking deeply at the ordinary experience, becoming more honest and more kind, there is a sense of great relief. You are freed from fantasy, freed from contrived associations, freed from ego centered notions. This approach to Yoga is grounded in an understanding and experience of impermanence. It invites you to come into the present moment and intuitively know what is truly essential, so that you connect instinctively into a state that is called ‘jnana’ or wisdom “

Richard Freeman