Melanie Cook

Melanie was introduced to yoga and meditation in her early teens and has been teaching for over 25 years. Her first experience of yoga brought her out of physical pain and distress and to a place of physical and emotional exploration for the first time. With the guidance of her first yoga teacher this  life changing experience quickly brought her to The Yoga for Health Foundation, where she completed their teaching training scheme, and then went on to complete their advanced training in remedial yoga and yoga therapy.

She was fortunate enough to then live and work at this residential yoga centre where she experienced the wide ranging benefits of yoga, especially to those with severe health conditions, along with learning from yoga, pranayama, ayurveda and meditation teachers from around the world.

After moving to Edinburgh in 1996 she continued to teach yoga, and has further refined her teaching by completing Yoga Scotlands 500hr Teaching Diploma, she has continued in her studies and completed numerous further training in pregnancy, pranayama, ayurveda and meditation. Her classes around Edinburgh and the Lothians include regular hatha yoga classes from her own studio, chair classes for those with long-term conditions and disabilities, classes for people with MS and Dementia Friendly classes for people in care homes and day centres.

Melanie is also a tutor with The Scottish School of Yoga Therapy, delivery lectures in accessible and inclusive yoga. She is a Foundation Course tutor for Yoga Scotland, and has also delivered numerous on-going training seminars for them and other organisations in accessible and inclusive yoga, especially in regard to Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia awareness for yoga teachers.

Melanie has been practicing meditation in the tradition of Theravaden Buddhism for over 20 years, continuing her personal practice and attending numerous retreats. Her study and practice continues, and she is studying with Bangor University on their Mindfulness Masters Degree programme.

Above all it is her belief that yoga is accessible to all, with creativity, humour and compassion, everyone no matter their physical, emotional or mental state can benefit from the joy that yoga can bring. Through a safe and supportive community we can all explore, benefit and develop our awareness of movement and stillness through yoga practice.