About

Hi, I'm Mel

I live and work in South Cambridgeshire.

I’ve been practising both pilates and yoga for many years, starting postnatally. I am also an avid runner. 

I teach classes around Cambridgeshire,  online and at the village hall and for other organisations. I also give 1:1 and 1:2 sessions. Contact me for details about these.

I love how both transform you physically and mentally. 

I am qualified in level 3 mat advanced mat Pilates and 200 hours yoga , currently looking to complete my 500 hours later this year

I love Pilates

Pilates is something I fell into postnatally. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I found it surprisingly challenging. The more I did it, the more I noticed improvements in my general fitness and that was truly addictive.

Qualifications
  •  Future Fit School of Pilates, Level 3 Mat Pilates
  • Level 3 Award for designing Physical Activity for Ante and Postnatal Clients and  for  orthopedic conditions.
  • Many varied courses on ANYTHING Pilates related via Body Control Pilates, Stott, Polestar among others.

I love Yoga

After just a couple of classes, I felt something inside me change and I was hooked! I love seeing that happen to other people. Some of my Pilates clients have tried it and are also now hooked on yoga. It’s an ancient and intriguing practise.That in itself is fascinating!

I love the mind / body experience gained through doing yoga regularly, weaving in elements of history and philosophy, Pranayama  (breath work) and meditation.

Qualifications

• 200 Hours Yoga Diploma with Camyoga
• Currently studying for 500 hour diploma , also with Camyoga

I am a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

My Pilates and Yoga Blog

My thoughts on life, from Pilates to yoga and everything in between. My time to let off steam, give you updates on new developments in the Pilates and Yoga worlds.

SUN SALUTATIONS

Surya Namaskar A (11 asanas) and Surya Mamaskar B (19 asanas) To be used as a looping flow sequence. Practice at your leisure or add

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Yoga and Pilates can be helpful with other fitness activities

I have been practising Pilates and Yoga for many years now, but the one thing that has been consistent in my life, even before those, is running. I have run for over 25 years. Through all three pregnancies, to lesser degrees at times, and postnatally, I have run. I thought that I’d run more on moving out of London but I actually find myself running less.The reason for this? It is so much more dictated by the weather and accessibility in the countryside. Do we really want to run through waterlogged fields ?I also used to love night running, but not so good in the dark country lanes. I don’t use running as the mode of transport that I used to. In London I used to either run or cycle to work. If I cycled, I’d go for a run at lunchtime. There was hardly ever a day when I didn’t run. The only thing that stopped me was getting a knee injury whilst marathon training. After that, I was really careful about recovery, stretching and warming up properly. The thing that has kept me pain and injury free is Pilates and yoga. Pilates for keeping my core strong and yoga for a really thorough stretch to keep me flexible, especially as my muscles and bones age. Core strength and posture are really important to a runner. As you tire, your posture goes off and you are more likely to lose technique and over compensate with certain muscles. So maintaining good posture helps you to run more efficiently towards the end of a long run. As with running, both can help with recovery and avoiding injury in general. Why not incorporate a few yoga asanas after your gym session? Why not add some core strengthening pilates moves on the mat after a cardio workout? All really valuable to work alongside any other form of exercise, whether it be HITT or body pump or spinning.

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