Who can benefit from yoga?
Yoga can benefit anyone who is capable of empowering themselves. Even if they have limited abilities or energy. Suitable practices can be offered, as long as the practitioner is willing and able to practice. By adapting Yoga practice to the person, it can accommodate different age groups and the varying levels of flexibility, agility, strength, stamina, balance and range of motion that inevitably are a part of aging. More importantly, Yoga can be adapted to the different goals and needs we have throughout life. You are never too old and it is never too late to enjoy the benefits of Yoga practice.
Why should yoga be taught one-to-one?
Yoga recognises and celebrates our differences. None of us are the same, be it in our constitution, potential or evolution. Just like a mango cannot be treated as a pineapple, nor can a raw mango be treated as a ripe one, one human cannot be treated like another. So Yoga does not believe in standardised prescriptions, but rather aims to find individual solutions for each person, honouring different parameters such as constitution, age, vocation, season, living condition, health status, energetic capacity and life interest to name a few.
This is why traditionally all Yoga was taught one-to-one and, in order to achieve results of the highest standard, it should continue to be done in that manner.
In a one-to-one setting, Yoga Therapy can play an important role as a complementary system of Healthcare and Wellness.
What is the difference between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session?
A general Yoga class focuses on teaching Yoga practices, either in a group or private setting, as a means to explore and create a positive relationship with your body, breath, mind and emotions. You could practice Yoga either for a short term (sometimes even just a single class), or long term.
However a Yoga Therapy session, which is only relevant in an individualised setting, focuses on alleviating your specific illness, reducing symptoms, helping manage disease and improving quality of life. The attention required in the Yoga Therapy session is more intense and almost always involves multiple sessions.