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Discover a Personalized Yoga Class in Austin at Yoga by Melodie

Yoga instructor, Melodie Phillips

Yoga by Melodie is a privately-owned yoga studio in Austin, Texas. The classes are taught by certified yoga instructor, Melodie Phillips. Different classes are offered twice a week, and each class is modified to meet the needs of the students.

Melodie first became interested in yoga when a massage therapist suggested she practice some poses to help with chronic back pain. She quickly became hooked on yoga, finding “healing and freedom from [her] pain through the practice of yoga.” After years of personal practice, she decided to share her passion with others and became a certified instructor after participating in a 200-hour teaching program from the Living Yoga Teacher Training Program.


What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha yoga is one of those commonly misunderstood and misused words in yoga. Unlike Ashtanga, Bikram or Iyengar, which are specific styles of yoga, Hatha yoga is the umbrella term for what Westerners consider to be yoga. In truth, Hatha yoga is the actual physical practice of yoga, or the postures. Therefore, all yoga that involves asana or postures is hatha yoga.

What it is

Hatha comes from two Sanskrit words: ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon. Implied in its meaning is the idea of uniting opposites, like the sun and moon or yoga’s specific meaning of yoking the mind, body and spirit together. (more…)