What does a one-to-one session look like?
In your first session, we’ll do the groundwork to create an effective programme of treatment. I’ll be a caring, listening ear while you talk me through your challenges and aims. Once I understand the difficulties you’re facing, I’ll be able to design the best treatment programme for your needs.
There are generally two structures to a session - yoga therapy, and intro to yoga.
1. Yoga therapy session
Towards the end of the session, I’ll guide you through a personalised yoga nidra (relaxed meditation practice), which I’ll record for you to carry on using at home.
From the second session onwards, you’ll follow your tailored course of treatment. This is likely to include yoga nidra and restorative yoga. Read on to discover more about these types of yoga.
2. Intro to Yoga
This is yoga ‘as you know it’, using traditional postures. It can strengthen, release tension, improve your capacity to breathe, and of course, help you to relax. It can be intimidating to go to a drop-in class, but a one-to-one with Mel will help you boost your confidence, feel calm, and increase strength and flexibility.
The first session will involve a conversation to ascertain your needs and general health and fitness levels. Mel will then guide you through a yoga sequence. You may find it helped to bring a camera or use your phone to take pictures of the postures you practise.
What will I get from one-to-one yoga?
You will receive:
- A bespoke, deeply healing course of yoga – designed to help you overcome the challenges you face
- Your own personal yoga nidra mp3 recordings, so that you can continue your healing journey in between sessions, at home.
- Additional email support from me, in between sessions, as and when you need it
What is yoga nidra?
A guided meditation practice that’s simple yet often profoundly beneficial. Unlike other meditation, there’s no effort needed – you can’t get it wrong!
There are two ways we can approach yoga nidra:
Classic yoga nidra
A practice in which you simply listen and ‘receive’. This is usually how I begin working with clients, and is the same form of yoga nidra as I teach to groups in my workshops and retreat.
Yoga nidra dyads
A more interactive version of yoga nidra, where you tell me about the sensations and thoughts that arise during the practice.
Dyads take yoga nidra beyond the deeply healing and restful experience of simply receiving, and invite you to stay connected to your feelings. It can be more intense way of working, but for those who feel ready to tackle the emotional roots of their challenges, if can be a very effective way of helping feelings to shift.
Both kinds of yoga nidra may focus on:
- Using sensing techniques to reconnect you with your body and breath, as way to feel ‘grounded’ and safe.
- Realising negative beliefs/behaviours and learning how to respond positively
- Exploring the complex nature of our emotions and beliefs – so that you can move beyond the negative
- Exploring how yoga philosophy can help you see your experiences as moving through you, rather than defining you
- Building your inner resources of strength and resilience
What is restorative yoga?
In restorative yoga, we use soothing ‘asana’ (postures) in which the body is fully supported by props like yoga bolsters and blankets. Many of the poses are performed lying still. This means that rather than having to make an effort, you can sink into the postures to release tension and achieve deep relaxation.
Because restorative yoga takes the body out of ‘flight or fight mode’, it’s incredibly beneficial for the nervous system, helping to combat stress, and improve digestion and immunity.