About

MELANIE DE VILLIERS

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

After many years of practice she qualified as a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa teacher in 2009. Looking for more refinement in Yoga alignment and urged by a deeper intent to apply Yoga therapeutically, she decided to enrol in an intense 6 year commitment to qualify as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. 2020 marks the year of her certification.

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

Mel has travelled to India extensively to explore meditation, Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy. She 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, her deepest inner transformation comes from the pure silence of her early morning Mysore practice, where she viscerally experiences Yoga as her own truth.

Her approach is open and inquisitive, as she draws inspiration from the raw elements of nature and her own direct experience of life. Continually expanding her intuitive understanding of the rhythmical ebb and flow of life-force in the body, mind and soul, she creatively weaves a tapestry of insight into her Yoga classes.

With intimate personal guidance she designs the ultimate Yoga experience for individuals and groups. Mel feels her 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, she believes 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