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WHAT IS YOGA FOR THERAPY AND DEVELOPMENT

in an individual yoga lesson you will be taught a personalized yoga practice which you can follow at home on a regular basis. Individual yoga lessons enable yoga to be adapted to a person’s specific needs, interests and lifestyle. They can be designed to be:

  • therapeutic - to recover or manage a health condition
  • protective - to maintain current health and flexibility
  • developmental - to deepen personal study and experience of yoga

The aspects of yoga that are taught and emphasized will depend on an individual’s interest. Some people may be looking for a purely physical practice where as others may be looking for yoga to help with their general well being. An individual yoga practice would begin at a level that is appropriate to the person, it is always designed to be simple to follow, efficient and focused. For it to be effective I’d suggest practicing yoga for about 25 minutes 5-6 times a week. In some circumstance I might suggest a shorter practice to begin with.

The hallmarks of this particular approach to yoga are:

  • movement in and out of postures and some static work
  • careful attention to and precise application of the breath
  • adaptation and refinement of posture according to mobility and strength
  • mindfulness, being attentive and engaged in yoga practice

What is Yoga?

The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. Yoga practices include postures, breathing techniques, chanting and meditation. A combination of these practices can create a stronger body, a more balanced nervous system and clearer mind, depending on your goals of practicing Yoga.

You don't have to be able to touch your toes and contort their body into difficult balance postures to practice Yoga. There are many types of Yoga, the style Beth teaches is known as Viniyoga, the aim of this form is to apply the tools of Yoga appropriately, in order to improve the health and well-being of an individual. This type is therefore accessible to all types of people, regardless of health conditions, lifestyle, age or energy levels.

How is one-to-one different to a group class?

Unlike a group class, individual lessons can be designed specifically to work with aspects that you want to change through practicing Yoga. Working one-to-one enables you to refine how you practice, as you will be given precise guidance and clear developmental goals. With individual Yoga lessons you will work with your practice regularly in your own home, this regular contact with a short practice is much more effective than just attending a group class once a week.

What happens during an individual yoga lesson?

I like to see someone for a free 30 minute consultation prior to starting to teach yoga lessons individually. This gives me the opportunity to find out more background and to chat about why someone wants to practice yoga, I can also assess posture, mobility and strength.

In your first lesson I would teach you some of the principles of yoga and work through your practice with you step-by-step. At the end of your lesson I would explain your written yoga practice sheet, which you can then follow at home.

I’d plan various ways of developing your practice from the initial baseline practice through a number of lessons spread over several weeks where we can review and modify the content. The practice will evolve to reflect the changes you experience. I’d initially suggest a course of 6 sessions over 3-4 months depending on your situation and needs, after which lessons can continue on a less frequent basis.

Can the therapy, class, massage help me?

Learning yoga through individual yoga lessons can be an ideal way to have a personalised practice to target a specific need. If you are completely new to yoga it will give you the confidence to know you are practicing yoga appropriately. It works really well if you want to practice yoga regularly but struggle to get to a weekly class. Individual yoga lessons can be helpful if you are recovering from an injury or managing a health condition. When applied for a specific health reason it is classified as yoga therapy.

“Yoga Therapy refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. Yoga therapy is taught by yoga teachers with additional training and experience in the therapeutic adaptation and application of yoga.” - defined by Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Beth has taught many people therapeutically, a spinal surgeon, osteopaths and other practitioners often refer people to her. Yoga can complement other treatment as a means for people to gradually improve their posture, mobility and strength.

During an individual yoga lessons you will learn techniques to help you to confidently practice yoga at home. There are many and varied benefits of regularly practicing yoga which include improvements in strength, flexibility and a sense of well being. Regular yoga practice can also help with the reduction of pain and an improved ability to manage stress. People also notice that their respiratory function improves and that it helps relaxation.

Any special requirements

You will need to wear clothing that doesn’t restrict your movements, you can change clothes at the clinic. It is advisable not to have eaten an hour before your lesson. If you are taking on-demand painkillers it is best not to take any within 4 hours prior to your lesson.

All equipment is provided for your lesson at the clinic. If you require any equipment to practice yoga at home there are yoga mats and blocks available for purchase at the clinic.

Course Details and Booking

The initial consultation is free (30 minute) after which the first lesson is £45 (up to 75 min), subsequent reviews are £30 (40 minutes) and follow up lessons are £37 (60 minutes. A discount is offered for a block booking of six sessions which can be paid in three installments. Cash and cheques are accepted payment methods.

Individual lessons are available on Monday 10:00 - 20:30 , Tuesday 11:15 - 13:15, Thursday 14:00 – 17:00, appointments maybe possible outside of these hours.

Appointments may be changed / rebooked if more than 24 hours notice is given.

Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.

Book an Appointment

You can book an appointment with Beth by phone, email or by using our contact form.
Tel: 0777 838 2068
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Testimonials

Beth's comment

I find teaching yoga to people on a one-to-one basis very rewarding, and I value seeing people develop in different ways. It is great to see someone who starts with very restricted movements to being able to do things that most of us take for granted. If you’d like to see how other people find individual yoga lessons, you can read feedback from some of my students on the Yoga Practice website.

"I originally went to see Beth to get help with a chronic groin injury which I’d been trying to fix for over 6 months. I must admit that I was originally unsure that yoga was the right approach, but I went for it and followed Beth’s bespoke plan. After just a couple of weeks it started to pay off and I began to feel the benefits as the injury became less problematic. A few months later and the injury is now nearly completely resolved, and I have begun to realise more benefits. I have increased mobility and core strength, both of which have helped me with my weight training and Crossfit. I would recommend yoga, and Beth’s specialised therapy, as a successful treatment for, and necessary prevention of injuries for any Crossfit athlete."

"Beth is simply brilliant! She has sorted out long term problems with my back & leg giving me a whole new lease of life. Beth really understands that it takes time to work up your strength & tailors your practice accordingly. At the start I had back ache most days & couldn't lie on my back comfortably or sit without support. That is a thing of the past now & has made such a difference to my everyday life."

Additional Info

  • Practitioner: Beth Cox
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  • Qualifications:
    CYS (Centre of Yoga Studies) Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy Practitioner Diploma. (500hrs)
    BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) National Governing Body Associate Yoga Teacher status
    BCYT (British Council for Yoga Therapy) Professional forum operating in the UK
    CNHC (Complementary Natural & Healthcare Council) Registered Yoga Therapist
    EUFNY (European Union of Federations of Yoga) European Teacher Registration
    CYS (Centre of Yoga Studies) Yoga in Pregnancy Teacher
    CYS (Centre of Yoga Studies) Sound and Yoga Chant Teacher
    CYS (Centre of Yoga Studies) Workshops: Foundational Level One Yoga Teacher
    CYS (Centre of Yoga Studies) Sūtra Psychology – Study of the four chapters of the yoga Sūtra
    Alpha Safety Training. Emergency First Aid at Work
  • About Beth:

    I first started practicing Hatha Yoga in 1990 and started teaching yoga in 2010. I practice yoga daily and still have one-to-one lessons with my teacher Paul Harvey.

    I was inspired to deepen my yoga studies because of the benefits I experienced from regular practice. These included improvements in my physical health and general well-being. The benefits I continue to experience inspire me to help others benefit from yoga.

    I teach personalized yoga practices that I design within the ‘viniyoga of yoga’ approach. Viniyoga of yoga literally means the appropriate application of the many tools of yoga. I learnt this method of teaching from Paul Harvey (Centre for Yoga Studies). These teachings have evolved out of those transmitted by T.K.V. Desikachar and his father T. Krishnamacharya of Chennai, India.

  • Telephone: 07747 880 731
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  • Practitioner website: Yoga Practice