Spotlight On… Tamara Melvin
1. Describe your yoga journey. Why; who; how?
I found yoga in 2002 whilst living in San Francisco. I was looking for a more subtle way to exercise after a running injury. Something that would be low impact, but also strengthen the body. Blown away by how amazing I felt after my first class, I signed up for a 6-week Iyengar course for beginners. Thereafter dipping my toes into as many different types of yoga as possible.
Fast forward a few years, which includes 2 kids, a move back to UK, a stint at working in a yoga studio, I finally took the plunge and qualified as a Seasonal Yoga Teacher in 2012, completing my Advanced 300hr training in 2018.
2. Which is your favourite class to teach?
Seasonal Yoga for its connection with nature and ever-changing style and Hot Yoga…. because it’s blinking hot and loads of fun!
3. What’s your favourite pose?
“Hare pose” it really opens the neck and shoulders and is a great counter pose to any chest opener or back bend.
4. What do you bring to your class that makes it unique?
I like to take people on a journey. They may arrive on their mats with baggage from the day. I like to get my students to check in their baggage at the door and come fly with me, to somewhere entirely different. When they open their eyes after savasana, they are in a totally different head space, and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
5. How often do you practise?
I meditate every day and try to squeeze in two classes a week. Which is hard as I teach all over this side of Surrey. I practise at home – dog permitting!
6. What’s your worst habit on the mat?
Talking when there should be silence! I’m a born communicator – it’s hard for me to stay quiet.
7. Top tip for a mindful practice?
Be really present and in the moment. Your yoga practice changes every day, be aware of the differences – really feel your body. Closing your eyes during poses is a good way to connect.
8. What would your advice be to beginners?
Try lots of teachers until you find one that really resonates with you, take it slow and ENJOY IT!
9. How do your workshops/courses enhance students’ practice?
Workshops and courses are an ideal way to gain more knowledge spiritually and physically. They are often open for discussion, take notes, ask questions.
10. How do you relax at the end of the day?
It depends on what time I finish teaching! In the evenings I like to have a glass of wine and curl up on my bed reading. I love learning, so I constantly have about 4 books on the go at once.
Tamara teaches regular classes at RHY including Seasonal Flow and Vinyasa Power – find her teaching schedule for this week here.
If you’re interested in joining one of Tamara’s small group Seasonal Yin 4-week courses, click here for details of the next course.