About Melsia

Many years ago, my tailbone was injured after giving birth and my doctor introduced me to ‘Light on Yoga’ by B.K.S. Iyengar. I had no yoga teacher in the area and so practiced yoga by myself using the book to regain my health and soothe the pain. For many years, I have practiced and studied a range of yoga styles and I am 200hr Integral Hatha yoga teacher trained and  a CIMSPA registered Level 3 Yoga Teacher.

Melsia Tomlin-Kraftner

My own experiences of drawing on all elements of Yoga/Pilates, the Chi-Restore and proprioception to aid my recovery following the many abdominal/ gynaecological surgeries I’ve had since then,  in addition to head, neck and shoulder injury, and their accompanied stress relief, led me to train as a teacher. This passion and personal experience of the rehabilitative components of these therapies, fuels my desire to share the life-enhancing benefits of yoga with others and encouraged my commitment to studying yoga as a teacher.  Being a Body Positive Ambassador and with my heath condition experiences, including a recent ankle avulsion fracture, I’m particularly sympathetic to people who have ill health and/or weight concerns, but who have a desire to practice Yoga/Pilates/Chi-Restore to improve their health. I have also been trained as Restorative Yoga Teacher with Judith Hanson Lasater. My learning as a student is ongoing, such as studying yoga therapy, indepth backs and hips anatomy & physiology, learning the various adaptations for people with disabilities and Chi-Restore practice. I am GP Exercise Referral qualified, specialising in relaxation and flexibility using Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pilates and my Chi-Restore method as therapy, and am currently developing Gentle Poses for Better Backs and Hips.

I thoroughly enjoy learning from others and attending yearly weekend yoga retreats with Sally Parkes Yoga, and I am especially eternally grateful to all the teachers I have had the opportunity to practise and study with.

In addition to the practices, the use of holistic therapies, aromatherapy oils, drinking healthy Alkaline water,  Moroccan Hammam Sea Salt exfoliation and other spa rituals, have all enabled me to rehabilitate and re-connect body, mind and spirit through good and bad times.

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