Yoganic founder Melissa Field is a mama to Banjo Clancy, wife and advocate of conscious mamahood. She shares her love of Yoga, Pilates and passion for happy and healthy mamas at her Willoughby studio.
A Pre and Postnatal Yoga and Pilates specialist, infant massage instructor and heath coach with 16 years’ experience, Melissa brings her wealth of knowledge and training to mamas on the North Shore.
She knew she couldn’t step through the door to a job in advertising which didn’t fit anymore. Something deep insidecall it intuition, a calling, or a desire for moretold her it was time to move on. But to what?
People thought she was crazy to leave behind her secure job. Let alone follow instincts towards teaching yoga to children. The truth is, working with children lit her up.
Years before corporate life she taught English to kids of all ages in Japan. She loved connecting with the spirit of these beautiful little people, and in those travels, she found yoga.
Relief from pain
Back in Australia, in 2001, Melissa was hit by a car which left her with chronic back pain. Rehabilitation meant trying different physical therapies – massages, acupuncture, osteopaths and chiropractic treatments. But the most lasting relief from the pain was through practicing Yoga.
Australia’s first birthlight baby Yoga teacher
The vision for sharing her love of Yoga grew and in 2003, Melissa swapped corporate life for a yoga mat. Following her passion lead to her purpose – teaching yoga to children and women. The first incarnation of Yoganic was born. Then mamahood happened…
Birthing a new teacher and bringing Yoganic to mamas
Becoming a mother is the most amazing experience. Through her pregnancy with Banjo and the postnatal period, Melissa practiced yoga and Pilates daily. A beautiful water birth and quick postnatal recovery can be credited to the gifts of Yoga and Pilates.
It further strengthened her belief in the power of Yoga and Pilates for women in all stages of mamahood. Melissa shares her passion and purpose to birth strong and conscious mamas with you through Yoganic.
Qualifications from renowned teachers
✔ birthlight Perinatal Yoga Diploma with Francoise Barbira Freedman and Sally Lomas
✔ birthlight SMART Toddler Yoga Certificate with Francoise Barbira Freedman and Sally Lomas
✔ Yoga for Fertility Certificate with Bliss Baby Yoga
✔ Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth workshop with Maha Al Musa
✔ Doula Training with Rene Adair at the Australian Doula College
✔ Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM)
✔ Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Gopala Yaffa
✔ Radiant Child Yoga Program (Levels 1 – 3) with Shakta Kaur Khalsa
✔ Mini Yogis Teacher Training with Shana Meyerson
✔ Next Generation Yoga for 2- 7 year olds with Jodi Komitor
✔ Centered Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (Ashtanga Vinyasa) with Paul Dallaghan
✔ Ashtanga Vinyasa 1 year Apprenticeship with Angelika Knoerzer
✔ Power Yoga Teacher Training Certificate with Bryan Kest
✔ Relax and Renew (Restorative Yoga) Level 1 with Judith Lasater
✔ Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction (Polestar)
✔ Comprehensive Pilates Reformer Certificate (Polestar)
✔ Certified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.