Private sessions are personalised for you, to suit your needs at the time and support your developments along the way. Together we are able to go over in full detail the poses and breathing exercises. You are given my full attention and provided with personal feedback and adjustments.
Private sessions are a perfect opportunity for working on bringing harmony to physical or mental concerns as well as being a therapeutic option for chronic illnesses and health issues.
Private sessions are great for those who are totally new to yoga, returning to the practice after illness or injury, those wanting some me time, and also for those wanting to dive deeper into a more advanced practice. Sessions are available for Children & Families, please click here to see testimonials. Private sessions are also available for Pregnant Women, please click here for more info.
Sessions are held as a home visit (within the surrounding areas of Coulsdon) or at St Teresa’s Community Room, Merstham.
Different Yoga Styles to explore…
Hatha Vinyasa ignites, strengthens and balances the different energies in the body. Within each male and female are masculine and feminine energies. We experience masculine energy through heat building linear asana (poses) and sequences, and feminine is expressed through cooling, fluid sequences and restorative asana. Feminine energy creates and masculine energy puts forth that creation into action. Nurturing these inner energies supports a more wholesome experience and involvement with life. Vinyasa refers to the flowing quality of the practice, particularly the standing section. Each movement is connected to a breath and the inhale and exhale is used to keep the movement continuous. All the Asana open up the energy channels for Prana (life force) to flow freely and warm and lengthen the muscles creating more strength and flexibility. The Pranayama stretches and strengthens the respiratory muscles so a relaxed state of breathing can be found and full awareness turned inwards. Through the Asana and Pranayama the body and mind reaches a state of equilibrium, focus of mind and suppelty of body then supports seated meditation.
Womb Yoga is a most gentle and nurturing practice of restorative Yoga Asana (poses) Meditation, Mudra (hand gestures) and Mantra (affirmations) which cultivate connection to Shakti (feminine source energy) and self love. Including Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation), the practice encourages connection to the whole abdominal and pelvic area, journeying into the womb as a sacred space and healing the energetic pole to the heart space- our centre of being. Shamanic perspectives on the menstrual cycle and inner seasons can also be explored to ignite remembrance of our deep innate connection to nature and to understand the blessings of our own inner cycles in order to live more authentically and harmoniously in tune with our heart and our body working with it and not against it.
Self Awakening Yoga is a non weight bearing, therapeutic style of meditative movement, great if your rehabilitating an injury or if you are not so interested in the more dynamic standing and energetic styles of yoga. Through floor based movement the practice connects you to your breath and gently releases held physical and emotional tension (stagnant energy) in the connective tissues, and particularly the pelvis and lower back. It specifically works with the psoas muscle, a big muscle connecting the legs to the pelvis, going through the abdomen and around the lower back. This muscle is tightened from repetitive sitting and can hold tension from traumatic experiences or frequent mental stress. It is where we hold the energy created from our ‘Flight or Fight’ reaction which triggers the adrenal glands to release cortisol. If our psoas muscles are constantly tight our body can release an unnecessary amount of cortisol, keeping us stressed and run down. Working to release tension from this muscle and stimulate the blood flow to bring in fresh energy can help unravel layers upon layers of tension, reduce the amount of cortisol being unnecessarily released and open up the hips and lower back.
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"I have had this disease for the last 17 years and only since I met you and started your class I have been managing so much better with literally everything. I had two sick days from work since I started with you, that's an absolute record!"
“I would strongly recommend private sessions with Mel, especially if you have an injury or like me a limiting chronic health condition or disability.
For 19 years I have suffered with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (simalar to Rheumatoid arthritis but more aggressive). Due to the nature of the health condition I have mobility issues, pain, stiffness, several joint replacements and would say I am disabled. I mention this because I have always wanted to do yoga but thought my limitations / disability made this physically impossible…
Since doing Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics with Mel, I feel stronger (joints are more supported), more flexible, so relaxed, pain has reduced, breathing has improved and i feel happier for taking this time for my wellbeing. Mel creates a warm welcoming peaceful space and she is gentle, patience and encouraging…
Everything needed from a yoga session to calm illness related anxiety, whilst moving you gently out of your comfort zone. Can't wait for my next session!”