Why consider a private yoga or exercise physiology session?

For individual attention or for help with specific issues, private one-on-one appointments are available.  

1. Fine tune your yoga technique

  • Private yoga sessions can help you to fine tune your yoga practice.
  • Working one-on-one with a teacher can address your alignment and yoga technique, or help to find modifications to suit your body that you can then use in an open class.

2. Perfect for beginners

  • A private session can help provide an assessment if you're unsure about your physical capability to join an open yoga class.
  • The teacher can work with you on your alignment and may suggest some modifications that you could use in a class or make a suggestion about the most suitable class for you to attend at this stage.

3. Managing injury or pain

  • If you are carrying pain or injury, an exercise physiology session can address your issues and develop a personal program that may help you to heal and overcome pain. Drawing on yoga, somatics, breath awareness and meditation, you will be guided to practices that will assist your particular circumstances.

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.

An Introduction to Exercise Physiology with Russell Young

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! 

Unlike many students who start practising yoga, Russ' reasons were more intrinsic and home-practiced based. Russ became interested in yoga as a teenager, and taught himself postures out of a book as a way of managing severe pain associated with the imbalances caused by his Scoliosis.

Having worked in many countries, Russ found that he couldn't always find a gym, so he devised a number of techniques which integrated yoga and modern-day calisthenics to help build strength and maintain a high level of flexibility. This set Russ on a path in the health & fitness industry, first as a massage therapist, then later a Degree in Exercise Physiology. Russ draws upon his experience in biomechanics and functional anatomy in conjunction with mindfullness 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.  

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 research based exercises that are proven to work.
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 avaliable 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.

Medicare & HCF Rebates

In some cases, Exercise Physiology sessions can 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?