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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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:

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 – ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
Here are some of the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come!
  • The Wonderful World of Fascia (0) November 23, 2015 This was so much fun to do and of course very topical at the moment coming shortly after the Fascial Research Congress. Joanne Avison is a yoga teacher and author of the book entitled Yoga Fascia Anatomy and Movement and I was lucky enough to be able to interview her when I was back in ...
  • Loveyogaanatomy Special Emissaries (0) September 27, 2014 Your Chance to Join the Team You might have already seen the new Magazine page: Hey Stu! What’s your Question?, where I am asking a question to a teacher and posting their video response. Well now it’s your turn to get in on the act! It’s obvious too me that there are so many great teachers out there ...
  • Joey Miles Interview (0) May 26, 2016 This is a great interview I did with the charismatic Joey Miles. We talk about what brought him to yoga and what he sees for his future as a teacher and practitioner, and of course a lot of other things. Joey is a kind and compassionate teacher and definitely someone I would seek out to ...
  • Interview with Paul Dallaghan (2) May 13, 2016 I was extremely lucky to be able to catch up with Paul Dallaghan while I was teaching a retreat in Samahita Retreat in Thailand. In this interview I get to talk to Paul about the teachers that influenced his practice, the studies he has now undertaken and how he feels the physical yoga practice sits ...
  • Louisa Sear Interview (1) September 23, 2014 It was great to be able to catch up with Louisa Sear at her new retreat center, ‘The Shala Bali’. Louisa started running yoga teacher trainings over 20 years ago, back in the day when they lasted 9 months. One of the things we talk about in this interview is the key facets that have ...
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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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