About Melanie Willsher

Melanie has been teaching hatha yoga since 2000. Her main influence has been the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli (Awakening the Spine). She explores ways of working using the ground, the breath and the spine, to find integration. Melanie continues to study with John Stirk and Sandra Sabatini.  And with Linda Hartley (the Discipline of Authentic Movement).


In my exploration of this approach, I discover that it takes infinite  time to let go of conditioning and habit, and to begin again. To work without holding. To give weight to the ground. To breathe out, sensing the invitation to let go. To be simple. To receive from the ground and to grow and expand. To discover the lightness of being. To be open to the new. To trust that the body and breath will adapt and respond in time with their own time. To be nourished, to smile, to enjoy the freedom to express the self through the body, in subtle and delicate ways. To play with the yoga postures, working slowly and carefully, to release tension and create space inside. To feel movement as an exploration,  rather than something to be done. To feel the healing that comes from involuntary movements, pulsations, waves. To invite the unknown. To discover what our bodies can teach us. To unfold on all levels. To connect with the psychology of yoga, how we are and might be, as our deeper nature is revealed. Come and experience Scaravelli inspired weekly classes, monthly workshops and annual residential retreats in Italy or Sardinia. With plenty of time to explore the postures and ask questions.

"Melanie has worked with me over many years, and has always expressed an interest in breaking out of the restrictive mould of yoga postures and practises. She engages with a more exploratory, creative way of moving and being." John Stirk







Melanie runs regular yoga classes and workshops in Norwich, Aylsham and Forncett St Mary, Norfolk(see Classes page for details). She organises a yoga holiday in Sardinia and offers a yearly residential retreat in Lucca, Tuscany. For more details of her next Sardinian holiday, and yoga retreat in Tuscany in May 2018 visit:

 Il Borghino, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Il Borghino, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy


View Melanie's latest video series on the Resources page (audio CD also available).