There are many reasons to consider booking a private yoga lesson or exercise physiology session. Below we explain a little bit about the differences and why these kind of sessions might be just what you need to help get out of pain, improve your motivation, or stay on track with your yoga + wellbeing goals.

1. Fine tune your yoga technique

  • Private yoga sessions can help you to fine tune your yoga practice and it's a fantastic way to touch base personally with your teacher 3-4 times a year to avoid 'yoga plateau'. 
  • Working one-on-one with a teacher can address common misalignments and give us as the teacher - the one on one time with you to help refine your practice or find modifications to suit your body that you can then use in an open class.

2. Perfect for beginners

  • A private session is a fantastic way to overcome beginners nerves. You might feel anxious about joining a regular class - especially if you haven't exercised in a while, or feel like you might be holding the group back. Taking a private lesson before a course or class can help us offer you suggestions so you feel more at ease and confident once you DO join a group class.  
  • We can also help you create the best path forward having worked with you one on one and recommend continued private lessons, a beginners course, or general open classes. In some cases - we may refer you onto a different style of yoga or health professional if we aren't the best fit for you right now.

3. Managing injury or pain using Exercise Physiology

  • If you have a chronic injury, ongoing pain, or have sought other forms of treatment without luck, an Exercise Physiology session can be a fantastic option. In this type of session an Accredited Exercise Physiologist will take a full medical history, range of motion testing, as well as discuss lifestyle issues that might be contributing to the issue. Because Exercise Physiology is covered under most private health funds, and additionally may be offset by medicare under a Health Care Plan fro your GP, this can be an economical way for you to take private lessons and receive specialised and professional treatment for an injury. 

4. Managing depression or anxiety

  • Exercise and physical activity can have an incredibly positive effect on mental health. It has been shown to effectively manage, reduce, or in some cases eliminate certain mental health disorders. Commencement of a regular and habitual exercise routine can prevent the onset of certain disorders.
  • Exercise as a treatment has been shown to have a substantial impact on the brain and the associated benefits, including overall happiness and well being, as well as confidence and improved self-esteem.

5. Fine tune your alignment, muscle tone and definition

  • Private sessions will target posture and structural alignment, as more than 90% of us require postural strengthening and alignment correction.



Under the guidance of Russell Young - An Accredited Exercise Physiologist we combine the wisdom of yoga practices such as breath work and meditation that can help address stress related issues, alongside professional approach to musculoskeletal assessment. We also work closely with other medical and allied health professionals to get a correct diagnosis and treatment plan in place.

It might surprise you to know that someone with a basic yoga qualification, has generally only completed 20 hours of instruction relating to anatomy & physiology as part of their training - as such when booking a private lesson at Younga Yoga Studio - you can expect gold standard in assessment & care.


Russell Young - Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Russell began his Exercise Science degree at the University of Wollongong in 2000. He has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years, and been practising yoga for more than 15 years! 

Russ first became interested in yoga as a teenager in order to manage severe pain associated with Scoliosis which eventually led him to train as a massage therapist, yoga teacher and later a Degree in Exercise Physiology. He is currently completing studies in Human Nutrition.

Russ draws upon his experience in biomechanics and functional anatomy in conjunction with mindfulness techniques to treat patients with a range of injuries and mental health conditions. 

Russ is a part time guest teacher for the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, where he has taught Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Functional Anatomy to doctors in training.  He also teaches yoga at South Coast Private Hospital - a hospital to support clients with mental health and addiction problems. 

What is exercise physiology?
Think of Exercise Physiology as an appointment with a physiotherapist and personal trainer all wrapped up into one. You will come away with a personalised program which can be done at home with limited equipment. 

The program will give you evidence based yoga + strength exercises.

You will be given access to an online portal which will allow you to practice at home through your phone or computer with confidence knowing that we have your back.  A short video of all exercises are available for you to watch if you happen to forget the exercises - no stick men on paper here!

Private group sessions
Private classes for sports teams and athletes, or groups such as youth groups can also be provided.  Sporting teams and athletes may find that including some yoga classes in their training schedule will help prevent injury and give psychological relief. Past clients for these classes include the Adelaide Crows and Olympians. Please contact us for group rates.


In some cases, Exercise Physiology may be covered under Medicare or a HCF (check with your provider). Full fee paying sessions are also available if no cover is accessible. 

The sessions which are covered by Medicare or a HCF must include one of the following chronic conditions. A ‘chronic’ condition is defined as one that has been or is likely to be present for 6 months or longer. Seventy percent of general practice visits are related to chronic conditions. These include a range of commonly preventable health conditions.

Chronic Conditions include:

  • Musculoskeletal Conditions: such as chronic injuries involving the lower back, neck, shoulders, knees, etc
  • Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression and Anxiety

Claiming via Medicare

To be eligible to receive the rebate through Medicare you need a referral to an Exercise Physiologist from your GP (under item number: 10953). Eligible patients are able to claim up to five (5) Medicare rebates for their CDM plan treatment per calendar year. Up to 5 sessions can be rebated through medicare once your GP has approved a "Health Care Plan “

The cost of the sessions are $100 and medicare will rebate $52.95. 

Claiming via your HCF

Many Private health funds offer rebates for services provided by Exercise Physiologists.

Find out more from your private health fund, as some policies may offer ‘bonus’ payments or other rebates, dependant on the level, duration of cover and claim limits.

If you are a member of a Private Health Fund you may be eligible for a rebate for our services. Most Private Health Insurance policies include Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapy in their Extra’s Cover. Why not check your policy and see if you can maximise your benefits?