Melanie Cooper Interview

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While in Goa this winter I had the chance to interview Melanie Cooper. Melanie is an Ashtanga and Yin Teacher and has recently had a book published called Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana. She has been teaching for sixteen years and training other teachers for the last eight years. Presently she runs a mysore program at The Life Centre Islington in London. In this interview I talk to her about teaching yoga and adjusting. We also had the chance to film some videos on handstands, headstands, backbends and others which I will posting in the coming weeks, so keep tuned.

Adjusting Asana & Teaching Yoga

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If you would like just the audio to listen to later, here it is: Melanie Cooper Interview (Audio Only) (128 downloads)

Melanie's latest book is available in stores now.

Melanie’s latest book is available in stores now.

Visit Mel’s website http://melaniecooper.co.uk

Mel’s also has a column here at loveyogaanatomy.
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And there’s more! Mel also has some articles that are posted here:

  • When Yoga makes you angry! May 9, 2014 by Melanie Cooper A new student recently said she had been told that if a yoga teacher knows what they are doing and teaches the class properly then the students should leave feeling energised and good. Did I agree? Well, I thought, I guess that does often happen – but not all the time. Students can ...
  • Backbends in Focus October 20, 2014 Yoga Minded: 20 October 2014: Backbends in Focus. Backbends require the front of the body to be in several key areas. In this video I show you the areas that students often experience restriction and provide some exercises to help facilitate a more comfortable and rewarding backbend journey. Melanie Cooper has been teaching yoga for 16 years, ...
  • Is This Spiritual? April 15, 2014 By Melanie Cooper “Spiritual” is a concept or term often bandied around in yoga circles. It can be confusing to anyone – but especially a new student. We go along to a yoga class in our local gym thinking it’d be good to stretch our muscles after our workout. Then suddenly we learn it’s supposed to ...
  • Handstand Basics November 13, 2014 Yoga Minded: 13 November 2014: Handstand Basics There is definitely a knack to doing handstands, but if you build up the strength and the technique with these exercises you will be having a new perspective on the world in no time. Even Stu has a staring roll in this video that we shot in Goa. Melanie Cooper ...
  • Why do adjustments? September 27, 2014 Yoga Minded: 07 April 2014: Why do adjustments? Giving adjustments is the main thing I love about teaching. It’s amazing how so much communication can take place in relative silence. I see adjustments as a way to help and support people during their yoga practice. I see adjustments as a dialogue, with my hands and intention ...
  • Yin Yoga for Back bending with Ease and Grace July 6, 2014 By Melanie Cooper Back bending with ease and grace requires that the Hip flexors (front of the hips), shoulders, and the whole of the front of the body are flexible and strong. Yin yoga is a way of opening the body with passive stretches held for a prolonged period of time. If practiced correctly it is a ...
  • Yin Yoga for Lotus Hips July 6, 2014 By Melanie Cooper Padmasana or Lotus can be one of the most challenging and frustrating poses for a yoga practitioner. The ankles, knees and hip joints all have to be mobile and the muscles in the legs and the hip girdle have to be flexible. It is all too common for the knee to be injured ...
  • Getting Better? September 27, 2014 Yoga Minded: 29 March 2014: Getting Better? In yoga classes we are often learning how to go deeper into poses, learning ways to open the body and how to improve our practice. At the same time we are being told that ‘it’s not about the asana’ and ‘it doesn’t matter how far into a pose you go ...
  • Led Ashtanga Practice (audio file recorded in Goa) September 27, 2014 Yoga Minded: 23 May 2014: Led Ashtanga Practice (audio file recorded in Goa) One of the things I love teaching the most is a full led ashtanga primary series. The full series has an amazing elegance and intelligence and logic. It builds you up and then gently brings you back down. It stretches you and strengthens ...
  • Moon Days March 29, 2014 by Melanie Cooper For years I have religiously observed moon days, which means I don’t practice asana on full or new moon. The yogic explanation is that the full moon corresponds to the top of the inhalation when the upward energy of prana is at it’s greatest. So around the full moon we can feel high, ...
  • How to Make Adjustments SAFE September 27, 2014 Yoga Minded: 14 June 2014: How to Make Adjustments SAFE Adjustments can be an extremely effective part of the way a yoga teacher communicates with their students. Adjustments can be soft, energetic, enabling and supportive. They should feel GOOD. If an adjustment feels painful or horrible – then something is going very wrong. Here are my ...
  • What is That Popping Sound? NEW RESEARCH!!! November 22, 2015 One of the common questions asked by yoga students is ‘what’s that popping sound from my joints?’ quickly followed by ‘is it safe?’ and ‘does it mean I’m going to get arthritis or injure myself?’ The answer depends – If it’s a grating or crunching sound and/or it’s accompanied by pain – then it is either a ...
  • Top Ten Essential Books for New Yoga Teachers September 27, 2014 Yoga Minded: 16 May 2014: Top Ten Essential Books for New Yoga Teachers. Here are my suggestions for the top ten books recommended for newbie Yoga teachers. I’d be very interested to hear other people’s suggestions and ideas… ‘Heart of Yoga’ Desikachar – very beautiful classic intro to yoga. ‘Teaching people not poses’ Jay Fields – ...
  • Where should I feel this? November 26, 2015 A common question asked by yoga students is ‘where should I feel this’. This is often harder to answer than it might seem. Firstly bodies are complicated things! The old model of individual muscles moving or restricting a single joint is now largely thought to be too simplistic. The body has come to be seen as ...
  • Beginners Luck June 6, 2014 By Melanie Cooper Teaching is a special skill and teaching beginners well is probably the hardest of all. Here are some of my suggestions for teaching beginners in a way that is positive and nurturing and compassionate. Be Compassionate Remember what it was like when you were a beginner. After years of practice it’s easy to forget how ...
Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come!
  • Themed Interview with David Robson: Floating and Jumping (0) July 25, 2016 Whenever I think of spicing up the floating and jumping in my Ashtanga practice I think of David Robson. Perhaps this is because of the brilliant videos he has had out like “learn to float” with so much technical detail. It was not a big guess to think of who we wanted for our themed ...
  • Themed Interview with Laruga Glaser: Backbending (0) May 6, 2016 Laruga Glaser is such an inspiration for many students and so there was great excitement when we decided to do this themed interview centered around backbending. I talk to Laruga about her own backbending journey and I think you will be surprised to hear that although we may assume they come so easy for her, ...
  • Becoming Animal: Using Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation as Embodiment Practices for the Cultivation of Organic Intelligence (0) August 30, 2016 A practitioner in my Mysore program recently asked me: “If one side of a posture is more open than the other, and I feel like I can keep going deeper in the more open side, should I hold back to try to even it out with the less open side?” My response drew from what I ...
  • Mark Robberds Interview 2015 (0) March 6, 2015 It’s great fun to interview Mark Robberds because he is so chilled and as much as surfer dude as he is an Ashtangi. We get to talk about his twin passions and how he works on his strength, lessons he has learnt himself from other teachers as well as techniques he incorporates into his practice. ...
  • Interview with Yin Yoga Teacher Magdalena Mecweld (0) May 16, 2015 I met this lovely lady recently at Purple Valley where she had come to practice Ashtanga. I am all for mixing styles and finding what suits your body so when I found out that Magdalena was a famous Yin teacher and bestselling author I was very keen to interview her. She is so relaxed and ...
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2 Responses

  1. Jen Halldorsson says:

    Great interview Stu and Mel! Really enjoyed it and lovely to see + hear both of you. Let me know if either of you ever plan to come to Aus!

  2. Steve Malcolm says:

    So good to hear such practical advice offered in a down-to-earth way. Thanks Mel & Stu. This stuff is gold for someone like me; new to teaching.

    And as Jen says; please let us know if either or both of you make it to Australia.

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