Things have stepped up a notch on the wellbeing and fitness scene in Melbourne with the opening of Happy Melon Studios – a first of its kind mind and body studio offering a unique combination of yoga, fitness and mindfulness classes all under one roof in High Street, Armadale.
What sets this studio apart from others is the focus on mindfulness, which is at the core of the Happy Melon philosophy:
Get the mind right, the body will follow
Driven by the belief that optimum health and wellbeing is achieved through mental as well as physical exercises, all classes at Happy Melon include mindfulness techniques aimed at improving focus, enhancing mental clarity, mind body connection, and reducing stress.
Yoga and mindfulness go hand in hand, but starting and finishing cardio classes (Pilates and dynamic fitness) with mindfulness exercises? This seemed a bit strange to me, but I have to say the team at Happy Melon are onto a good thing. It’s making such a difference to how calm and energised I feel going into my exercise and when I leave to go about my day, I don’t think I could go back to doing my exercise any other way.
There is method in their (not so) madness, Happy Melon Physio, Fitness and Pilates Lead, Simon Davey explains:
When our heart rates are up our bodies have a similar physiological response to when we are stressed, so it’s important to quieten the mind and bring the body back to a relaxed state after we exercise.
Happy Melon has been three years in the making for founders, Masha Gorodilova (yoga lead), Liv Downing (psychologist and meditation lead), David Lawn (founding partner), Sarah Edgar (studio and communications manager) and Simon Davey. Their own mindfulness skills were tested as they faced challenges and delays in bringing their dream to life, which wasn’t such a bad thing, says Simon:
We didn’t want to rush the opening. We wanted to understand and find mindfulness in ourselves before guiding others.
There’s no doubting their patience has paid off. With bright, modern spaces and friendly faces to greet you as you step into the building, teachers that make it their mission to know you by name and introduce you to your workout pals, and encourage you to hang around for a tea and a chat at the end, you can’t help but want to make yourself feel right at home
The focus is on quality teaching in an intimate environment. Expect to be corrected on your technique by teachers who genuinely care about making sure you get optimum results and giving you the best possible experience.
The dream team at Happy Melon have their happiness formula down pat. Go on, pay them a visit and try telling me you don’t leave feeling at least a little bit happier than when you walked in.
For information on classes at Happy Melon go to www.happymelon.com.au
1252 High Street, Armadale
(03) 9576 0565