slow, mindful yoga & small group classes in St Kilda, Balaclava, Elwood, bayside


Yoga Me Well Blog

Intimidated by Yoga

I’ve had a lot of inquiries this year from people who feel intimidated by bayside yoga classes they attend.

They feel unequal to the large room full of fit, slim-limbed students in the latest lycra, and the strong yoga style offered.

But when I ask what people want from a class they say: “to feel less stressed”, “to relax”, “feel more flexible”, “to become more mindful”.

So where does everyone else go? Those whose bodies complain about the wear and tear of life? Who don’t aspire to pretzel poses? Who are chronically tired and want a supportive practice? The folks who prefer comfy clothes to second-skin gear? And people ready to explore yoga’s most precious gift: mind management and spiritual connection?

Non-intimidating yoga feels like this

  • Encouraging
  • Self nurturing
  • Cheerful
  • Slow enough to feel your way
  • Easy social chat between students
  • No Sanskrit, or Sanskrit explained.

At YogaMeWell, when practice begins, we become enveloped quickly and weave a little magic. It’s our group connection and keen focus that makes this possible. 

We know that it’s not what the pose looks like that matters, but what we feel during the vinyasa, and how we feel afterwards. And we take time to notice those things.

Yoga for ordinary people

You would call us “ordinary” people. We’re facing the pedestrian challenges of life. We have our periods of anxiety, mild depression, mid-life crises, health issues and recovery, emotional healing.

Sometimes, we come to the mat slumped. Sometimes buzzed to the rafters. And teary, emotional, angry, fed-up (even with yoga!).

But we always leave feeling better, uplifted by the group. Importantly, we feel safe to travel that road together.

What yoga is about

The practice of Yoga teaches us how to manage our minds. We learn to regain perspective moment-to-moment. By watching our minds, we learn what matters most in life.

And when our mind learns to become quiet, it becomes more clear.

In that space, we meet our dharma (life path, life’s work).

That spiritual connection begins when body and mind come together to pause in stillness, guided by the breath which carries us deep into the intuitive Self. A Self that experiences this life beyond fragile and volatile ego response.

Curious? Drop by. We’d love to meet you.

Of if you know someone who would enjoy this type of practice, I’d be grateful if you would pass on the details.

Term 3 begins 18 July.

Contact me about a TRIAL CLASS: 0409 473 162 or email

Winter Warmly,


Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior teacher of yoga, mindfulness and a freelance writer.