I am exited to present the following interview about yoga, wellness, nutrition & love with Holistic Health and Life Coach Melissa Ambrosini.  

Melissa is a bright shining miracle worker who transforms the lives of women from all walks of life. Her blog has been awarded with the 'Top 100 Women Empowerment Blogs 2012' award from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and is the place to go to fuel up on wisdom and inspiration about holistic wellness, nutrition and living boldly & fully. 

Melissa can increasingly be seen in the media where she leaves the refreshing breeze of healing wisdom and love, helping us to make the shift to live a life full of vitality, radiance and joy. 

Melissa describes herself as a truth seeker, super passionate green juice junkie, dreamer, believer, health nut, and organic lifestyle liver. She is on a 'heartstring mission to empower and inspire people to take back control of their lives and live effortlessly from their hearts.' 

Do I have to say more? Sit back and relax, listen and learn from this fountain of inspiration...  
"I am committed to helping people break down the barriers, and karate chop their limiting beliefs. I am inspired to teach people how to live their biggest, most radiant, sparkly life possible."  

What brought you to the practice of yoga? How has yoga helped you on your path to wellness? 
Over three years ago, when I was battling depression and an eating disorder, I remember taking my first yoga classes. I instantly fell in love with yoga. I remember craving that space and time on my mat. I was a very dedicated yogi, practicing every morning. At the time, I lived literally next door to a yoga studio. I was there every morning at 6 a.m. I loved it so much I applied to study yoga teacher training. But, I fell in love with holistic nutrition, also, and decided to study that instead. 

Yoga has changed my life! It was the first time I stopped and looked inward. It has helped me so much on my healing journey and it still does. 

How does your yoga practice look like these days? 
Today, my yoga practice looks very different from when I first started. I practice twice a week but that’s always changing. I listen to my body and feel what it wants to do. 

Do you meditate? What does meditation mean to you? Do you have a favourite meditation practice? 
Do I EVER. Hell yeah, sista! Meditation is like my ‘coffee’ hit. I meditate morning and night for twenty minutes. I learned to meditate from a good friend, Tom Cronin. Check out his stuff here, he is a brilliant meditation teacher. 

Which style / teacher / book influences your practice the most? 
When I first started I did hatha and vinyasa. I still do these now plus also yin yoga which I love. 

If you would want to describe the practice of yoga to someone who could benefit from it greatly, but who is still hesitant to make the first step onto the mat. What would you say? 
Leap and the net will appear. Step outside your comfort zone and try it. It will transform your life and your relationship with yourself. It is deeply healing and restorative. 

What does a healthy life in balance mean to you?
To me, a healthy life in balance means not being too hard on myself. We all have great intentions. But, when we fall off the bike, picking ourselves up and getting straight back on is important. I tell my clients: Forgive yourself for over eating, drinking, sleeping in, not finishing everything on your To Do List. Forgive yourself for everything because forgiveness is the key to freedom. 

The ‘yogic’s’ intention is to practice, to evolve, and to give. What does that mean for you? 
Practice: 
Everyday and in every moment we can be practicing – practicing yoga, meditation, and love. It’s important to practice these things daily. That is where the magic occurs: in the repetition each day.  

Evolve:
We must continue to evolve, to always be working on ourselves and growing. 

Give:
At the end of the day, I always ask myself: Did I give enough today to myself, my clients, readers, friends, my partner and my family? This is a great way to check in with yourself.

You are a life and health coach and you offer a wealth of information on your website. Which other projects are you currently working on and what are your plans for the future? 
I am currently also working on Healthtalks TV which I LOVE. We have just finished a book which is coming out soon. 

Personally, I am releasing a few books and e-Books next year, an e-Course, online courses, and workshops. So, stay tuned. You can sign up to my newsletter so you never miss a beat. 


                                                                A VINYASA WITH MEL...


My favourite yoga posture is: downward dog. I Iove this pose. I could hang out here all day.

My least favourite yoga posture is: any back bends. (I don’t like ‘em!)

Post yoga snacks I adore: coconut water and a raw bliss ball. 

My three favourite health tips are:

1. Drink loads of clean filtered water. 

2. Laugh (a lot!)

3. Eat whole, organic, fresh foods.

Three things I would take to a remote island:

1. Coconut oil, 

2. Spirit Junkie, 

3. A pillow. 

I am currently reading: Danielle LaPorte’s Firestarter Sessions.

The ‘place to be’ for me is: In my heart <3 

Two non-negotiable lifestyle choices are:

1. I don’t drink alcohol.

2. I eat only organic, grass-fed, and grass-finished, animal products. 

When I take a day ‘off’, I lie on the beach with a good book. 

A favourite quote that truly inspires me is by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

Changer(s) and shifter(s) who inspire(s) my work the most:

Jamie Gonzalez 

Gabrielle Berstein 

Marie Forleo 

Connect with Melissa:

Website 
http://pathtowellness.com.au

Facebook 
http://www.facebook.com/MelissaAmbrosiniThePathToWellness

Twitter
https://twitter.com/Mel_Ambrosini 

Healthtalks
http://www.youtube.com/HealthTalksTV

Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/mel_ambrosini/

Instagram 
@melissa_ambrosini 
Sophie
1/31/2013 06:22:46 pm

Melissa truly inspires me. This interview expanded my heart space <3

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2/2/2013 12:44:21 pm

Wonderful interview Alexa! Melissa is so honest, engaging and passionate in this interview. Brenda x

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Alexa Nehter
2/2/2013 12:54:08 pm

That's wonderful Sophie!

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Alexa Nehter
2/2/2013 12:56:58 pm

Thank you Brenda. I totally agree, she is lovely from head to toe!

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