From her early childhood Mela was interested in childcare, holistic healing and shamanism. Early in life she learned that food is an important part in self healing which led her to vegetarianism by the age of 12.
Mela became a nurse working in psychiatric clinics dealing with adults, teenagers and kids for many years. At this time she completed a diploma in holistic nutrition. She also took courses in aroma therapy, phytotherapy, NADA ear- acupuncture, aggression management and non-violent- communication. Today Mela integrates all this knowledge into the work with her clients and students.
Traveling and exploring different countries and cultures have always been a passion for Mela. She travelled through Africa, Asia, and finally ended up in Thailand on a small island where a new journey began, dedicating her time to the study and practice of yoga. Starting with Ashtanga yoga , she found her way to the agama tantra yoga school in Thailand, where she studied for 7 months. At this time she also met her teacher, Reinhard Gammenthaler, with whom she found her biggest inspiration in terms of yoga and its original traditions, the kundalini yoga. The use of mudras, bhandas and the breath became essential in her practice. As she gained more experience she took her first yoga teacher training course in order to deepen her understanding even more. This led to singing coming back into her life. She finally found the courage to take a singing lesson and fell in love with singing mantras and using her voice in the practise of bhakti yoga.
Mela started teaching yoga in Zurich and worked casually as a nurse in a psychiatric clinic with children. She started adapting yoga into her work and taught classes for her working colleagues and the kids in the clinic. She also taught different classes in kindergardens and was involved in school projects.
In the past few years, Mela has lived in several spiritual communities in Thailand, Bali and India. Her first 10 day silent meditation retreat blew her mind. She couldnt believe how much she had actually been longing for such an experience. Many other silent retreats followed and the study of Advaita Vedanta with her beloved master Mooji, with whom she spent time with in his ashram in Portugal and India.
Already amazed by the power of the breath in yoga, she started to explore Breathwork. The simple use of your own breath in a conscious way, fast became a big part of her life. Mela became a group breath-work facilitator and started offering breathwork ceremonies. Later she was blessed to meet and study with Leonard Orr, the founder of rebirthing breathwork and is now also holding one-to- one breathwork sessions.
Throughout those years of studying, practising and teaching, Mela's main focus became the breath. Bringing awareness into the breath has quite simply transformed her own life, bringing her more into her own centre and heart. Yoga, meditation, rebirthing breathwork and singing with the breath as the main focus is her biggest passion, both in her own practise and in her teachings. Currently Mela is studying Family Constellation work.
Along side the seriousness in spiritual practises, Mela also likes to laugh, play and move. She took part in a training in partner-acrobatics and also loves sharing playfulness with her students. Dancing and moving her body in order to heal is a part of her daily life, her workshops and classes.
Trained and studied with:
Kundalini Yoga with Reinhard Gammenthaler -Bern, Advaita Vedanta with Mooji -India and Portugal, Rebirthing Breathwork with Leonard Orr -Portugal, Belly2Belly with David Cates -Bali, Shaking Ashram with Ratu Bagus -Bali, Yoga with Mark Withwell -Bali, Red Tent with Tanishka -online, 200 RYT Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Jivani Yoga -Thailand, Tantra Yoga with Agama Yoga -Thailand, Partner Acrobatics Teacher Training -Chiang Mai, Breathwork with Breath of Bliss -Bali, Holistic Nutrition with Paracelsus Schule -Zurich, Pulse Diagnosis/Omneologie with Matthias Welker Zurich, Chi- Nei- Tsang with Omsala -Chiang Mai, Kirtan with Kevin James Caroll - India, Osho Family Constellation with Svagito Liebermeister- Spain, Contact Improv with various teachers...
Inspired and touched by:
Don Miguel Ruiz, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Matt Kahn, Adyashanti, Louise L. Hay, Eckart Tolle, Mantak Chia, Prem Baba, Sadhguru.
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
Traditional Hatha Yoga
Deepest gratitude to all my teachers, family and friends,
for supporting me, for taking me as I am, for holding me and bringing me down to earth if needed.
with love Mela
Mela Mariposa - firstname.lastname@example.org
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