Melbourne Yoga Shala
A yoga school dedicated to providing Ashtanga Yoga Classes and Professional Development and Continuing Education for yoga teachers and students. Offering a wide range of workshops suitable for one-off casual attendance or longer courses to upgrade your current yoga skills and knowledge.
606 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn East, 3123. Australia.
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Jean started practicing yoga in 1994. Coming to yoga from a background of martial arts she was instantly inspired by its practice and philosophy. She has been teaching yoga for 24 years and training yoga teachers for the last 16 years.
Over the years Jean has trained in Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga. She is grateful to her teachers including Murray Lazenby, Greg Cooper, Tracey Cooper, Louisa Seer, Lance Schuler, Matthew Sweeney, Geeta Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Rangaswami, Manju Jois, A.G. Mohan, Indra Mohan and Ganesh Mohan as well as many others.
Jean holds a Certificate IV in Yoga Teacher Training (1200 hours) and is an ERYT 500 (Yoga Alliance). She is currently studying with the Mohan family in Yogic Mindfulness and Yoga Therapy.
In 2002, Jean opened the Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Newcastle which flourished for seven years where she ran general classes, workshops and teacher trainings. Since 2004, Jean has been teaching the Anatomy and Asana components on Lance Schuler's Inspya Level 1, 2 & 3 Teacher Trainings both in Australia and internationally as well as many other workshops, intensives and teacher trainings.
JEAN'S ANATOMY BACKGROUND
"My initial interest in anatomy arose due to injuries I had, despite being a dedicated practitioner of yoga. I couldn’t understand why so many people (including myself) who practiced so frequently and with such dedication seemed to get hurt on the mat. This led me to research into the fundamentals of anatomy, movement and traditional approaches to yoga practice - then many years of self-practice to test and implement these principles. Now I specialise in the principles of anatomy and yoga therapy to help bring balance and health."
HER APPROACH TO TEACHING
"I believe that anatomy does not have to be boring! All the information we learn can only be useful if we are able to apply it in our practice or our lives. This is the basis for my teaching. Practical useful information that can be directly applied to your yoga practice to create a stronger, healthier, more mobile body as well as creating calmer states of mind to help us live a full and meaningful life."
What she enjoys about training teachers and future teachers:
"People who decide to do a workshop, course or teacher training obviously have a great interest in yoga. I love to share my passion for yoga with others and explore all the possibilities that yoga offers. Seeing the dedication and enthusiasm of students is inspiring. These times give us the opportunity to be in a “yoga bubble”, allowing time and space for introspection, learning and change that we rarely experience in our day to day lives. To be a part of this process is a joy and a privilege."
Melia started practising yoga in 2006, after noticing that classes at the local gym relieved the tension in her neck and shoulders from office work. Her personal practice has progressed over the years through the guidance of several teachers, and she enjoys the balance of strength and flexibility that comes with daily yoga asana practice.
Melia is mentored by Jean Campbell of Melbourne Yoga Shala, a specialist in yoga anatomy and injury management. Melia believes that the benefits of yoga should be accessible to everyone, and that practice can be tailored to suit all levels of skill and body condition, including injury and rehabilitation. She teaches yoga with the intention of providing practical tools that can be integrated into the demands of daily life to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Through her own experience in dealing with stresses from a career in finance, she has found that yoga is a great way of stilling the mind and promoting mental clarity. She is studying the effects of yoga on mental well-being and looks forward to sharing breathing and meditation techniques with students.