How Do Individual Skype Sessions Work?

I love offering my clients the best Yoga tools to benefit their unique minds and bodies, instead of making them fit in with a one-size-fits-all Yoga practice.

I believe this is best done individually, by crafting a customised practice for the client’s unique constitution, lifestyle, and priorities, whether in person or via individual Skype Yoga sessions.

My clients are mainly women, from all stages of life, and all levels of fitness. I often work with women suffering from chronic pain, back pain, or conditions like chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.

They’re women who are not into fancy Yoga poses, or fancy Yoga clothes. They enjoy learning personally tailored, practical Yoga & well-being practices for real life.

Luckily, these days, I can work with clients no matter where they are via Skype.

I have to admit I wasn’t keen on the idea of Skype sessions at first.

After years of working intuitively and by observing clients in the same space as myself, I wasn’t sure how individual Skype Yoga sessions could possibly work. But I live in a gorgeous place – the Huon Valley in Southern Tasmania – that people love to visit, and after having a few private sessions with me while on holiday, many of my holidaying clients insisted that they wanted to continue working with me when they returned home.

So I gave it a go, and fell in love with the ease, the directness and effectiveness, for all of us.

There were some questions I had to work through to make sure Individual Skype Yoga could be effective and beneficial.

I thought you might have some of the same questions….

What equipment do I need and what preparation is necessary before the session?

If you haven’t used Skype before, don’t worry, it’s really easy! I can provide a simple PDF guide to help you set it up. You just need to make sure your computer has a microphone and camera (most do these days) and that you are connected to the internet. You can safely use an iPad too (cameras and microphones are built-in). If you have an older computer without a camera or microphone, you can usually purchase them as accessories.

Before our initial Skype session, we chat via email, Skype or FaceBook messaging about your needs, priorities, challenges and hopes so that I can be sure I’m delivering tools for you that are relevant, accessible and enjoyable. So ideally, we’ve gotten to know each other a bit before we start.

I always suggest the client sets up a Yoga space ready for the first session, with any handy cushions, pillows, blankets available close by. Many things around the house can be used for Restorative Yoga poses and to support the individual’s body shape. Many clients do not even need a Yoga mat if they’re working more gently and restoratively.

How can you see what’s going on properly?

In terms of the physical practice, as long as you set yourself up so that I can see your whole body, (and I can help you with this), then I can easily see the freedoms or restrictions, the alignments & compensations going on as you move in and out of the Yoga poses, and I find I can easily respond, adapt, and tailor the practice just as I do for local clients.

I have a microphone that’s really good at a distance so I can very effectively step back to demonstrate a sequence for the you, and talk through it for you at the same time.

Isn’t it a bit too detached and distant feeling?

I’ve been surprised to find that there’s an immediacy to Skype sessions that enhances their effectiveness. We begin with the space and intention for the session already set up, and we know every moment counts.

Where I thought perhaps Skype would seem detached, I actually find that it encourages us to be highly focused and connected, with opportunities for the client to pause, question, and clarify.

This friendly, warm working relationship gets even better over time, especially with my YogaNurture clients who I keep in touch with and get to know better in-between regular sessions.

What if my connection drops out?

While initially some clients worry about their internet speed or connection letting them down, Skype frees up my schedule so much that I can easily work around this in a forgiving way. It’s not like I’ve travelled an hour over the other side of the valley only to find that the session is impossible!

I’m already in my work space so if something goes wrong with technology, and you have not received enough out of your session, we simply exchange a message to reschedule and I get on with other work straight away – no big drama! (Or if technology lets us down only 10 minutes or so before the end of the session, I’ll likely use that time to record a personalised  finishing relaxation or mindfulness meditation for you and email some extra notes instead, so that you can effortlessly complete the work on your own).

What happens after the session when there’s so much distance between us?

If you booked a one-off session, I send you a personalised PDF chart of your custom-built practice with relevant notes, or if preferred, I can send a video of your practice. I’m then available for one follow-up email or FaceBook question session.

If you’ve booked regular sessions as part of my YogaNurture program, then I’m personally available Mondays to Fridays for ongoing support via email or FaceBook messaging, (usually with no longer than a 48 hour wait to have your questions answered), and if I don’t hear from you, I get in touch to find out how you’re going with your practice.

Don’t we miss out on the sense of community and friendliness that comes from visiting a group class?

It is certainly lovely to have the friendliness and companionship of fellow Yogis to encourage you in the path! That’s why I set up the YogaNurture private Facebook group, for support, encouragement, sharing and contagious friendliness!

Even more than if we were in a class together where everyone goes back into their busy lives straight after, we get to know each other as members post photos of sharing Yoga with their grandchildren, or share things they find inspiring, or favourite recipes!

I also post additional practice charts, recordings, and videos to the group, to keep your practice rich, varied, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Do you have any questions I haven’t thought of?

If you do, please get in touch and drop me a line at the bottom of the page, and I’ll do my very best to answer!

With love,

Alison X

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