Katie Mellican

Student level

My yoga journey arose from a stagnancy in my routine, which lead to me curiously practicing yoga in various studios, gyms and online platforms. Fortunately this self practice revealed a flourish of energy flow where I once felt blocked, so it only made sense to follow this path and complete my first Yoga Teacher Training.

My teaching aligns with my circulating feels, stemming from my personal experiences, encounters and current reads that cultivate inspiration, that I then tie into my classes.

Teaching & Certification

  • Yoga Me Australia
  • I have many mentors and role models that have impacted the evolution of my teaching - Nova and Dustin Brown from Warrior One were the first high profile studio that recruited me in 2015 and shaped my teaching by offering continuous feedback and support under their soulful influence

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Adjustments are the loveliest compliment to any Yoga practice and I adore giving hands on adjustments to modify, deepen and correct my students.

  • Theming: I love to theme, when it feels authentic. Theming stems from my own personal experiences, there will always be a universal principle that is met, however translation will come from a place inside of me that has shared this truth either through my physical yoga practice or life outside of my yoga mat.

  • Sequencing: Creatively and thoughtfully. I like students to leave feeling re-educated in body awareness.

  • Music: Expect peaceful playlists in my Vinyasa Classes, sneaking in some chilled electro and accoustic beats to send you into the sweetest trace.

On & Off the Mat With: Katie Mellican

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

My students are my biggest motivators. Watching their bodies move through the asana I am delivering, is what motivates me to stay connected to them. In terms of inspiration, my darling 2 year old Ivy is my continuous reminder to stay present, to play wildly and to feel all the feels. Instagram also rarely falls short of offering me short bursts of information and stunning imagery when I'm due for a gentle top up.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

I think that being a devoted student of this expansive practice is what continues to heighten my genuine love and knowledge for Yoga. What moves through me in a class or workshop is ultimately recycled and refined so it can pass through others.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Absolutely. Meghan Currie (If you're yet to be introduced to this gypsy please give her Instagram a squizz). I also absorb so much from Monica Aurora, Jessie Fenech, Nicky Grimsdale, Emma Maidment and Dustin Brown as these are my regular yoga teachers and dear friends.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Strong, slinky flows complimeted with clear, kind, supportive guidance.

My teaching aligns with my circulating feels, stemming from my personal experiences, encounters and current reads that cultivate inspiration, that I then tie into my classes.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Vinyasa. The flow of it is was keeps us unbound and limitless. I adore the release of stagnancy and promotion of fluidity. It's the perfect blessing to modern day living.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

I practice functional training a couple of days a week to get me out of my comfort zone with my lovely friends at F45 Frankston.
I also walk everyday with my daughter, we inhale the outdoor scents and get our daily dose of Vitamin D together.

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

Warrior One Yoga.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Chrissy Teigen - have you seen her cook book and read her tweets? My stomach would be wildly satisfied with flavour and toned from all the laughs. Jess Ainscough - lost her battle with Cancer in 2015. I was a dedicated subscriber to all that she shared and miss her updates dearly. Jonni Pollard - I've recently become addicted to his podcast 1Giant Mind. His genuine humbleness and incredibly spacious mindset always fills the areas of me that were in need of a little attention.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm sitting bare with my baby girl smothering ourselves in coconut and essential oil. Nourishing our skin physically and blessing all the parts of ourselves that deserve our attention. A spiritual routine that gives me so much life.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

I laugh at this question because there was a running joke while I was pregnant that I resembled King Louie from the jungle book. So I'll stick with that 'Orangutan'. They're very inquisitive creatures much like myself. And I also tend to rest seated with my belly hanging over my yoga pants when I've consumed one too many bananas.

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