1-to-1 Yoga LESSON vs Yoga Therapy Session?
Since they share a bespoke element, questions are often posed about the differences between a 1-to-1 yoga class and a private yoga therapy session; in fact, the approach and application of yoga is vastly different between the two, which makes them a distinctly different experience.
Despite the personal goals of the student, the practice of yoga is the focus in a private class and the aim of the teacher is to impart more yogic knowledge to the student.
Yoga therapy however, are personalised sessions focused on addressing the symptoms that a client is seeking help for, adopting a holistic approach, the aim is to support and alleviate discomfort through the application of all available yogic tools. Whilst there may or may not be a prior interest in yoga from the client, their physical, psychological and emotional state are all taken into consideration when evaluation and treating the care seeker.
YOGA Therapy sessions
How Does It Work?
1. We request that the client completes a health form prior, to allow the therapist to gather some medical history.
2. The 1st session begins with a discussion around the symptoms and/or condition you wish to address. We will spend some time reviewing your posture, spinal movement and where necessary, the range-of-movement of your joints plus breath observation.
3. We then attempt combinations of yogic techniques to support the symptoms – this includes asanas (poses) and movement, pranayama (breath-work), meditation and mindfulness – reviewing and adjusting them to what works best for you.
4. At the end of the session, a short sequence devised from the techniques we practised together is given to you as home practice; the idea is to empower you in the process of self-recovery and healing.
5. We assess your healing progress at each follow-up session and review the home practice accordingly, revising the techniques where needed.
6. 1st session typically runs for 1.5 hours, while follow-up sessions begin to shorten to between 60-75 minutes.
7. Ideally, we recommend that a client commits to 5 yoga therapy sessions, as observing the efficacy as well as finding the right combination of treatment takes time.