“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

- Marianne Williamson

“We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves.
World peace must develop out of inner peace.”

- Dalai Lama

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart”

- Helen Keller

“Stop the words now. Open the window in the centre of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out.”

- Rumi

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want…
Search your heart and see. The way to do is to be.”

- Lao Tzu

“I have just three things to teach. Simplicity, patience and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

- Lao Tzu

“It is through your body that you realize that you are a spark of divinity.”

- BKS Iyengar

To love yourself
as you are is a miracle,
and to seek yourself
is to have found
yourself, for now.
And now is all we have,
and love is who we are.

- Anne Lamott

Yoga

“The word yoga means integration. I teach students how to use yoga to look inwards and to re-centre themselves. Due to the stress of modern life, we can all benefit from these inner practices that are designed to help us care for our body, calm our mind and find peace in our heart.”

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga is the common name given to all styles of physical yoga. The exercises are known as asanas or postures and are designed to stretch, stimulate and stress different parts of the body - muscles, joints and connective tissue. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body, especially the main channel, the spine, so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga is different from other types of exercise in that the primary focus is on the breath and cultivating awareness.

Yin yoga

In Yin yoga we hold a posture for 3-5 minutes to stimulate and therapeutically stretch the connective tissues that wrap around our muscles and joints. We learn to listen to our bodies and come into the suggested shape finding our appropriate edge where we feel the stretch. The simple practice of becoming still and quiet for several minutes is in itself very challenging and can be combined with mindfulness meditation. This practice is highly beneficial for your nervous system, organs, muscles and joints.

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga is not about stretching or strengthening but about total relaxation. Yoga props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks are used to support the body in a position of complete ease and comfort to allow you to relax. Restorative yoga means non-doing and simply being and is the perfect yoga practice for anyone suffering from stress, burn-out or overwork. Learning practical ways to consciously relax and unwind is calming for your nervous system. No matter how busy you are sometimes you need to take time to do nothing!

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way to notice our moment to moment experience in a non-judgmental and open-hearted way. Mindfulness meditation is derived from the Buddhist practice of Vipassana or Insight meditation which has been practised for more than 2,500 years. The effectiveness of mindfulness as a way of treating stress-related conditions as well as anxiety, depression and chronic pain have been proven by numerous scientific studies.

About me

I am a well-qualified and professional yoga instructor since 2009 (Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 hours) and I have experience working with individuals and teaching group classes as well as leading yoga trainings and retreat weeks. I specialize in teaching gentle yoga, in particular slow Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga that is aimed at those looking to de-stress and to learn how to consciously relax. As well as being a yoga teacher for many years, I am a mindfulness practitioner and trainer and combine mindfulness with yoga to train the heart/mind as well as the body.

The practice of yoga was traditionally taught on an individual basis so that the different postures could be adapted to the unique needs of an individual student. Modern day yoga has moved away from this yogic tradition and focuses more on yoga as a form of physical exercise, performed in groups with little individual attention. My intention is to share the practice of yoga as a self-led, healing art and a daily ritual for well-being and personal empowerment. In the troubled times in which we are living, where we are faced with real challenges both personally, societally and globally, never before has there been a more urgent need to find skillful means of inner support and to practice methods of daily self-care.

Living in the beautiful hills of rural Portugal where we are rebuilding a 100-year-old Quinta, I am hoping to share some of the tranquility and calm of living close to nature with students via online sessions. I am offering personalized yoga via zoom (and other online platforms) to create a yoga/meditation practice to meet your own needs. After a short intake, we will work together to create a personalized yoga and meditation practice that addresses any health concerns and gives you a foundation of inner ease and stability.

C O N T A C T

Online classes

Private class
Email for an appointment

Yoga 4 Cancer (Free class)
Monday 11.15-12.30 CET

Yin Yoga
Friday 12.30-13.30 CET

Relax & Restore Yoga
Sunday 19.30-20.30 CET

Group classes are donation based. Please send an email to alisonmelvin23@gmail.com for a link.

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Alison Melvin
  • Personalized yoga instruction via zoom
  • Slow yoga to relax and restore
  • Restorative yoga to recharge and rebalance
  • Active relaxation exercises to de-stress the mind
  • Therapeutic yoga for injuries or illness
  • Mindfulness meditation to learn to listen