A bit about Melita
Growing up in Sydney's East, my weekends were spent swimming and ducking the waves of Bondi Beach. When the beach didn’t call, I could be found ice skating, roller skating, eating gelato, listening to disco music, dressed in oversized, brightly coloured tee shirts paired with equally as bright, shiny tights. A true child of the '70s!
As a teenager, I dabbled in photography. With the help of my dad, I built my own darkroom. I spent hours clicking away then excitedly returning to my darkroom to develop and print photos of people and places from everywhere I'd been. Seeing the images come to life was magic.
On completion of high school, I studied graphic design. My entree into the industry was the position of junior panel artist at a poker machine factory. Yes! Such a job existed back then. It was a true eye-opener to have seen poker machines designed, constructed, and assembled onsite at the factory. Saws, drills, safety goggles, and steel flying everywhere, and a lot of loud machinery!
From poker machines, I chased my dream job, (to work in magazines). The role of junior designer was offered to me at Modern Motor Magazine, Australian Consolidated Press. It was the perfect place to start and confirmed I'd chosen the right path at the right time in my life. I continued to work in publishing design for 10 years, honing my skills to art direct various high-end magazines. These included women’s fashion, men’s fashion, bridal, teen culture, craft, and weekly news magazines.
During a stint in Melbourne, amongst the cafes, art, and a thriving music scene, I joined the art department of renowned Australian record company, Mushroom Records. Working with like-minded people, with music as the backdrop of our office, made for the ultimate work environment.
As a lover of food and cooking, to mix things up, I completed an Advanced Certificate in Business Catering Operations. I went on to work in food preparation for various cafés, which further improved my catering skills. A wonderful offering arose, to travel Australia with the catering team for international rock band U2 and their road crew, during their 1992 Zooropa world tour. Alongside my time working at Mushroom Records, cooking for rock bands was a fabulous experience. Yes, I love music!
My husband and I were married in 2000 and started a family soon after. To stay current in the field of design, I re-engaged in study and completed a Bachelor of Design, (Visual Communication). This allowed me to take on various freelance projects whilst raising a family.
After a knee injury and surgery, I rediscovered yoga. Gentle yoga was significantly helpful in my rehabilitation process. Yoga itself wasn’t new to me however along with the physical benefits, I discovered that yoga had started to help me unravel built-up stress I’d been carrying around for years. I thought, “Hmm, wouldn’t it be cool to teach these techniques to others and spread a whole lot of calm?”
I put my name down and got straight into my first yoga teacher training. Then another, and another. Fast forward to the present, teaching yoga has become a passion and an ongoing journey of learning. Each teacher training I've undertaken, has provided me with new knowledge and skills. I’m grateful to my teachers, all of whom have offered me something truly unique. These teachings include the philosophy of yoga, breathing techniques, meditation techniques, functional movement, and the practice of observing life from different perspectives.
The most recent training I completed was a paradigm shift and changed the way I practice and now teach yoga. I teach LYT™ Yoga Method, which was created by Physical Therapist, Lara Heimann. The Lyt Style focuses on intelligent alignment, optimal posture, and safe, sustainable movement patterns. Training in a method steeped in principles of functional anatomy helped me realise how crucial it is for us to implement sustainable movement into everyday life. Ultimately, my mission is to show you how to move well, to give you the tools to help you create a yoga practice that will give you strength, stability and freedom to move with ease and joy.
From my heart to yours, Melita xo