Melissa Hudson

Student level

I dabbled in Ashtanga as a teenager but fell hard when I found Vinyasa in my early twenties. I just kept going back for more and 15 years later here I am! As a teacher, I love taking students through a strong and playful vinyasa practice and seeing them challenge themselves and always allow plenty of time for pranayama and meditation. My approach is modern and light-hearted; I use accessible language, modify for all levels and love to use music at key moments of class.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour TT with Power Living which was a fantastic grounding
  • Since then I have studied extensively with so many great teachers and schools including Laughing Lotus (USA), Duncan Peak, Duncan Parviainen, Jo Phee (Singapore) and Jennifer Crescenzo
  • I furthered my studies in meditation and mindfulness with Monash University, Elena Brower (USA) and Melbourne Meditation Centre and am registered with Yoga Alliance and Meditation Australia
  • I deliver Teacher Trainings at Core Plus and Westside Yoga
  • I am Studio and Business Manager for Westside Yoga

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: I tend to favour verbal cueing but love giving a good savasana assist.

  • Theming: I keep my theming simple and light-hearted. I like to unpack just one or two things. There's always so much to explore with the breath, perhaps a physical alignment focus to build strength and body awareness and of course how to build on those qualities we are all looking to develop through our practice: clarity, ease and compassion.

  • Sequencing: I LOVE sequencing! I tend toward ladder flows or peak poses. I like building familiarity through repetition in a class so students can build confidence.

  • Music: There's so much great music to practice too. I do enjoy silence at times too. If I'm building a flow I find music can really take it to the next level. I can go anywhere from Erykah Badu, gospel or instrumental.

On & Off the Mat With: Melissa Hudson

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

Watching people experience the awareness, confidence and ease that a regular practice brings. I also love that time with regular students - yogis are generally just gorgeous people!

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

More home practice and less studio classes as I play around with sequencing and squeeze my own practice in between work and family. I have 3 young kids who keep me pretty busy.

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

I get something from every class and every teacher. Everyone has their own spin which I just love. I always learn something new each and every class.

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

Strong sequences to challenge strength and focus, some playful transitions and variations to keep things fresh and some solid meditation and breathing work. That recipe works for me every time.

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

Vinyasa and meditation.

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

I love all fitness and movement. I really enjoy having alone time in the gym weight training because it makes me feel a bit badass. And nothing beats early morning soft sand beach runs or a long run in the rain.

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

Any surf beach. Salt water and big skies do good things to me.

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

Ram Dass for depth, Mick Fanning for the chat and Robin Williams because we all need a good belly laugh.

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

I eat well, sleep well and get a good dose of Vitamin D.

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

Wolf - I'm a bit of an introvert but totally loyal to my pack.

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