Melanie Bala adds yoga instructor to her name
Known as the voice behind the mic for over two decades, media personality Melanie Bala is embarking on a new journey into the health and wellness industry as a yoga instructor.
Bala shared the news of her new fitness journey through a lengthy post on Instagram where she revealed how nervous she is for the three months of training that lay ahead.
Although Bala is anxious whether she'll ace her new phase in her life, we are certain that her passion for yoga will see out fitness bunny conquer all challenges that come her way.
In a previous interview , Bala shared about why fitness is important, how she maintains a balance in her busy life.
Why is it important for women to invest in their body and physical health, and how do you understand the connection between your body and your mind?
We often take our health for granted, and as the years have gone by, it really has sunk in that this is the only body I have and so I need to take care of it.
I invest in my health because I want to live a long and active life for, and with my children – whether its hiking, swimming with them in the ocean, dancing around the house, or jumping on trampolines. Being in good physical condition allows me to do that, and to create memories with them.
The physical body is very often a mirror of what’s going on in your mind – and so the two have to work together and be ‘in sync’. If you’re battling with your mental health, in whatever way, neglecting your body is often the first outward sign.
Directing your energy towards a physical activity, whatever that is for you, can take you out of your negative head space and allow you to focus on the exercise, and in turn when you’ve done that, you’ll often find that you gain clarity or peace or understanding of where you’re at.
You’ve spoken many times about being open when it comes to suffering from mental health issues. Why do you believe that it’s important for women to open up about their experiences?
I think one of the worst tricks that mental health challenges play on you, is making you think that you’re all alone in whatever you’re going through. And so in speaking up and sharing your experience, it’s a way to let other women know that you’re not alone.
I’ve been there, I’ve felt that way – and with working at it, I’ve made it through and so can you. I love the expression, ‘You’ve been given this mountain, to show others it can be moved’. If one thing I say resonates with someone, then that’s enough for me.
I also speak up to destigmatize it – mental health challenges can affect anyone: rich or poor, male or female, young or old, famous or not.