About

MELANIE DE VILLIERS

Hello I am Melanie! Fully commitment to authentic inner evolution, I believe in the healing power of Yoga as a strong spiritual medicine that can unlock our fullest life potential.

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.

In 2009, after many years of practice, I qualified as a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa teacher. For the past five years I’ve been fully immersed in studying to qualify as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. At the end of 2020 I will be certified to teach this method with clear integrity.

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 creative transitions and gentle restorative pauses.

I’ve travelled to India extensively to explore Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy. Over the past twenty years I’ve 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 my studies, my deepest inner transformation comes from the pure silence of my early morning Mysore practice, where I viscerally experience Yoga as my own inner truth.

My approach is open and inquisitive, as I draw inspiration from my own direct inner life experience and the raw elements of nature around me. Continually expanding my intuitive understanding of the rhythmical 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 feel my teaching unfold as rhythmical poetry, with deep focus on intelligent sequencing and safe alignment to create a beautiful balance between effort and play.

I look forward to share Yoga with you! 

Melanie De Villiers 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