Rachael Mellican

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My yoga journey began roughly around 2014. I come from a gymnastics background and was initially attracted to the physical practice (it's all I knew at that point). I loved moving my body in strong and dynamic ways. It took next to no time for me to realise yoga was a whole lot more powerful than just the asana. I began discovering the layers within the practice, but mostly, I began discovering the layers within myself. I loved my self-practice, I never actually had the intention of teaching. But after the question of "When are you doing your YTT?" began popping up so often, I caved. Thank goodness I did, this was the best decision I've made!

I completed my initial 200 hour YTT in Rishikesh, India and quickly transitioned from a full-time nurse to a full-time yoga student and teacher. Yoga brings me a sense of connection, to myself firstly but also to the world around me. It allows every single day to be filled with a little bit of magic.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour at Tattvva Yogashala Rishikesh, trained with and mentored by Deepak Ji
  • Intelligent Adjustment Advanced Training at (Here) Yoga with Nicky Grimsdale and Sarah Metzger
  • 25 hour Advanced Teaching Training withPatrick Beach and Carling Harps

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes, I love providing hands on adjustments in order to deepen and soften students practice. I also strongly focus on alignment and technique and provide assists if/when required to ensure students are benefiting the most from their practice and avoiding injuries.

  • Theming: I theme every class I teach. My themes and intentions are usually based around whatever I may be experiencing in myself that week or that day. Every class is different but it has always been thought out and planned. I often focus themes around the Yamas and Niyamas, as well as often referring back to self-love.

  • Sequencing: I like to combine a fun mixture of strength, innovation and mindfulness to my sequencing. I've said a few times, my intention of sequencing is to provide students with something they have never done before. Whether that be a pose they perhaps have not tried, a transition, a warm up, a cool down. I like to keep it fun, very creative and dynamic. We will always start with fluidity, warm the core, flow with creativity as we move to our peak, before we begin cooling down the body and allowing our practice to then integrate.

  • Music: I love connecting the breath and movement to vibration. I personally enjoy practicing to some funky beats so when incorporating music into my classes I try to plan playlists to sync with the sequence in a fun and intelligent way.

On & Off the Mat With: Rachael Mellican

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

Progress. I don't mean physical here, although thats amazing to see also. But what inspires me are the students I get to see grow. Seeing people discover a deeper level within themselves just as I do. Watching them break through barriers, challenges, finding clarity, the list could go on.

My self-practice also hugely inspires my teachings, as I unlock new spaces and places in my body and mind, I love to then share that in the hope someone may feel what I felt.

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

My practice continues to evolve daily. Since becoming a teacher it has become a lot more thoughtful, innovative and spiritual.

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

I have plenty. Nicky Grimsdale, my beautiful friend and teacher, will forever inspire me. Meghan Currie, her online practices and teachings inspire my self practice immensely.

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

A fun, creative flow focusing on alignment and playful poses and transitions, with a deep connection to breath and intention. My intention is to bring an element of fun to yoga, to keep it real but also to feel solely connected to yourself and your purpose, at the end of each class.

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

Vinyasa, because it brings myself and others so much happiness. The strength and power of discovering elements in your body you may have not known were there, all while discovering elements within yourself and breaking through challenges. The sense of feeling good in your physical body but also feeling a sense of ease, and complete simplicity of each moment during and after each class. Its a magic little feeling that isn't magic at all, it's all real.

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

Yoga and mobility work takes up most of my exercise routine. I also love walking and functional training such as bootcamps at my local gym, with friends.

Yoga brings me a sense of connection, to myself firstly but also to the world around me. It allows every single day to be filled with a little bit of magic.

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

My go-to spot to get inspired is my favourite beach down on the Mornington Peninsula. Its a bit of a secret spot... but let me tell you, its overlooking the bay with the most stunning views, with trees around, wildlife often including kangaroos, and a beautiful little 'temple' to practice all the yoga on. My go-to studio however, would be (Here) Yoga.

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

I am by the beach, spending time with my best friends and my niece.

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

I want to say some kind of fish because I'm a real ocean girl, but I think the honest truth would be a monkey. I was the kid that would always be in the tree. And nothing has changed since adulthood... find a tree, tower, rock and I can assure you, I'll be climbing it.

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