Somatic Yoga

Scaravelli inspired yoga is an integrative practice that releases tension by bringing the body back together again at its centre or core.

This centering or drawing inwards awakens the spine and allows movement to arise from a deeper, intuitive place without the need to strain or force. This gives you the feeling of wholeness  and a responsive and alert presence.

In this practice there is the need to pay attention to subtle awarenesses in the body and this is a form of meditation or mindfulness in itself.

In these classes there is a lot of hands-on guidance to allow your body to feel rather than think about where it can release or move and allows the body to connect with its own intelligence.

Most classes , but not all, are on Zoom until further notice ( see contact page for updates)

One to one therapeutics are offered at The Haelan Centre, in my home studio or in your own home.

Mel teaches in a way that makes me feel immediately at ease whatever state my body finds itself in. She manages to organise each sesssion in such a way that seems to deal with whatever issue my body currently has! And watching her demonstrate and explaining the poses and how our bodies work is always fascinatiang and inspiring.” Alankar

“I have been coming to Mel’s yoga class for the last fifteen years. I try never to miss a class because the way she teaches is so beneficial to me on a physical and spiritual level. Mel’s clear instructions and knowledge help to guide each individual and the group through an inner awareness and subsequently a deeper connection to the poses. As a person Mel is very alive and consciously engaged in the real world but is also a guide to other ways of being. The world is a better place for her being here.” Diana

‘I have found yoga very strengthening and grounding. In inner yoga we do various almost pilates like stretching which works very deeply and successfully. I enjoy the relaxation/meditation at the end it never feels long enough. I would have no hesitation to recommend.’  Faith

“My journey into Yoga with Mel has been for me a transformational experience. It has given me an appreciation and depth of understanding of my body that was absent before my practice. It has enriched my life and also improved my health and general well being. I now cannot conceive a life without Yoga in it. Mel’s teaching contains for me, the right balance between spirituality and exercise that enables you to embark on a practice at your own pace and depth. It is a deeply enriching experience and one that I would highly recommend.”  Amanda

I’ve really enjoyed the community classes at Ambler. Unlike other yoga classes I have attended the atomosphere is friendly and relaxed. Mel talks us through the practice and gives us individual attention based on our own particular needs. Combined with the creche facility, the classes have given me an enormous physical and mental boost. It doesn’t feel like hard work and I leave feeling refreshed and invigorated. 10 months after my C Section my core strength is back to pre pregnancy and my flexibility is even better. Thank you for making me feel human again!         Nadia

“Despite being fat and fifty, I’ve being going along to various classes for 8 years and although still ‘no warrior’, I have never felt better. I’ve tried them all, hatha, iyenger and pilates but its only when I got to Mel’s class did I find a class that’s a joy to attend (rather than oh gawd it yoga tonight). I love the non competitive nature, the amalgamation of all the other classes I’ve ever attended and the only one I leave with my soul at peace. ” Michele