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Hello and Welcome

Learning to become more mindful in our lives brings us into the present moment and is a wonderful antidote for our tendency to 'catastrophize' into the future and become anxious; or dwell in the past and become depressed. We develop strength of both mind and body to face the challenges and opportunities life presents as we more skilfully learn to surf its waves.  

As a Yoga & Meditation teacher, I feel privileged to be able to work with people to help solve the problems of anxiety, stress and sleep; issues which seem to characterize modern life and are so profoundly detrimental to our health.

I look forward to welcoming you to a program soon.

Why Mountain Mindfulness

The mountain is like a metaphor for the inner life. When you are connected to your centre, your stillness, through mindfulness practice, you become grounded and solid like a mountain. No matter what the weather is like on the mountain, you stay centred and at best respond wisely to whatever is going on - the storm, the sunshine, the grey days, the mist - because you know in your heart that this too will pass.

Teaching Venues

SoHo Arts

South Hobart Yoga & Meditation

14 Weld Street, South Hobart

Off street parking available.  Please drive through into the lower carpark, and enter from here (doorway pictured below).

Doors open 15 minutes before class.

During the pandemic please bring your own yoga mat, cushion and blanket.  


Out in Nature

Some practices like Mindful Walking are best done in nature. We meet at an outdoor location that is conducive to the practice of mindfulness and easily accessible. This can be a park  or a walking track in or close to Hobart.

Bring walking shoes and wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day!

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Day Retreats

Day Retreats are held at a private address in Murdunna, approximately one hour's drive from Hobart. Address will be provided when booking is completed. Numbers are limited to 10 participants. 

There is parking on site.

A simple, gluten free and vegetarian lunch is provided.

Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing suitable to the weather conditions on the day.


Pat Murnane Hall

188a Lenah Valley Road

Lenah Valley

Park in the RSL carpark next door.


Doors open 15 minutes before class.


Please bring your own yoga mat, cushion and blanket.  


Atma Darshan

Yoga Center 

We hold regular 3 to 4 day retreats at the Atma Darshan Yoga Center in Western Creek (TAS 7304).


Always focusing on one specific topic, each retreat offers the opportunity to learn new skills, to deepen your practice, and to spend time in nature and likeminded community.

Several accommodation options are available, and all retreats are fully catered for with yummy, organic, vegetarian food.

Bookings are managed by Kristina/Karunamitra at Atma Darshan. More information and contact details can be found on  

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Mount Stuart Hall

7a Raymont Terrace, South Hobart

Please park in Darling Parade, which is the street running along the bottom side of the hall. Disabled parking is available at the entrance to the hall.


Doors open 15 minutes before class.


Bring your own yoga mat, cushion and shawl/blanket.  

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My Story

My background is in education as a music teacher, and although no longer in schools, I still love to play and teach music. So alongside yoga and mindfulness classes I run regular Kirtan workshops and Yoga & Song sessions. I also blend mantra chanting into the Mindfulness & Music classes to literally help change the soundtrack of your own mind! You know that soundtrack..... "I'm not good enough, it's not fair, I'm unlovable, what if..."  

What motivates me?

After a stage 4 cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2013, my life changed dramatically.  The long and winding road to recovery eventually led me to the life-changing experience of living in a Yoga ashram in NSW and studying 'lifestyle medicine' at the Gawler Cancer Foundation in Victoria.


I had found my niche!


It was during this time that I came to understand the enormous part the mind plays in healing and also in determining the quality of one’s whole life. I tried out everything I learned on myself, because I wanted not only to be well, but to gain the courage to live my most authentic life. It was also during this time I was given the name Sangita which is a Sanskrit word meaning 'coming together with music'.  


Originally from Tasmania, what I love to do now is share the techniques and themes within Yoga and Mindfulness to enhance wellbeing and create a meaningful life. With these practices I changed the soundtrack of my own life for the better.


I wish nothing but the same for you.


Melissa Howden/Sangita

Yoga, Meditation and Music Teacher

Member of Yoga Australia  

Mindfulness Teacher Training, The Gawler Foundation, Vic  

Dip. Satyananda Yoga Teaching, Mangrove Yoga Ashram, NSW 

Dip. Remedial Massage, Morley College, London

Dip. Natural Nutrition, College of Natural Nutrition, London

B.A., Dip. Ed, University of Tasmania

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What people say

"Sangita is so encouraging. With her positivity, encouragement and clear instruction, she acts a great guide and teacher. I felt that she guided me on my own personal journey. No forcing or pressure. She enables you!"

Linda, Kirtan Weekend, July 2021