Melanie Castleman

Trained in the North and South of India, the East and West Coast of the United States and in her home country, South Africa, Mel has a diverse and in-depth yoga education. She is a Forrest Guardian, hand-picked by Ana Forrest and trained by Jürgen and David Jacobs in Iyengar Yoga. 

After more than fifteen years of experience, Mel has developed her own style of teaching. With an Iyengar foundation, she teaches a Forrest inspired Vinyasa.  

A practice of the heart, of the body and of the mind, Mel's classes embody the yogic principles of strength and compassion - fierce compassion. She leads her students through creative sequences and through intensity to gentle transformation. With attention to body alignment and to breath, she weaves a web of connectedness throughout the class, creating a slow but fluid flow.​

Based in Johannesburg and streaming live worldwide, Mel has a dedicated following both locally and abroad. To many she has been a warrior of light through the dark times of 2020 - a generous spirit, much loved by her students and teachers alike.