Private consults

My consultations are tailored and personal. They include your preferred mix of yoga and coaching. They are open to everyone, whether you have experience with yoga or not: we work with where you are, and what will make the most difference for you, right now.

Rachael seems to just get it.

What was different about Rachael was that she looked at the whole picture. There isn't this idea of the perfect pain patient you're meant to be. Rachael’s approach was: Ok, how can we work with how things are right now? That was so refreshing.

If life with pain is a trekking journey, Rachael is like the guide along the way - pointing people in the right direction. You have to do the work, but Rachael clears the way for you to do that - and that's really empowering.

(Kerry, 2017)

To find someone who knows and understands pain and can teach you ways to be compassionate of yourself is a gift. The time in a one-to-one is like a sanctuary. I feel able to share my goals and fears, generally and in relation to pain and movement.

(Genessa, 2014)

“I’ve started a morning routine which begins with a quiet place to prepare for the day. It puts me in a better mood and I feel calmer.”

(Howard, 2015)

What will a typical session include?

I begin by talking with you about where you want to go. Your aims may be long term, or more immediate. If you are seeing me for persistent pain, we would then move into very gentle movement, guided relaxation, and time to talk about what’s going on for you. Those without persistent pain may see me for more specific yoga instruction, or coaching. You will be offered a home practice to take away with you and small steps you want to make towards your aspirations for work and life.

How many appointments will I need?

Most people with persistent pain have three appointments. If you are good at “self-learning” and your pain is not so bad, one may be enough. Each includes practical things to do at home, and a followup. The first session gives you skills to avoid making your pain worse, easy techniques to calm your nervous system, and how to approach activities you are presently unable to due to pain.

Those without pain generally come every six weeks to six months as we go into a lot of depth that will keep you going for a while. Some, though, like weekly appointments to keep on track.

I have pain: What benefits can I expect?

Clients have returned to photography, camping, sport and other activities they had felt were out of reach due to pain or fatigue. Others learn to live an ordinary day – breastfeeding, washing clothes, and having a cup of tea – without making pain worse; then with satisfaction; finally with pleasure and enjoyment. Almost everyone says they learn to reduce pain. Others say they feel acceptance rather than a fight, a shift of focus from pain to themselves as a human being, and being more at ease with people they care about.

I have pain: How do I know it will work?

Yoga for Pain is a distinct approach tailored to your needs. We start by addressing the most common issues faced by people with pain, as they present individually for you, such as habits and beliefs that make your pain worse. You practice ways to respond to pain symptoms. These same principles, with a little tweak, then allow you to approach any new activity that feels beyond your current limitations.

Like most things, results are based on you doing it. You don’t need hours every day, but regularity is important. (See blog for lots of stories about others who have gone before you.)

How do I start?

Consults are available in person (Melbourne) or virtually by Skype and Zoom. You may be surprised how effective virtual consults are!

Included for new clients:

Included before your session

  1. I will email you a diagnostic form to complete prior to our meeting. It also serves as a reflection for you: where you have been, where you are now and where you wish to go.
  2. I can talk with your health care professional prior to our appointment. This helps me to understand what they have worked on with you and what you have been told.

During your session

At your first session we have a chat about what you want for our work together. This may include the physical, social and professional, and how soon you want to see change.

I will give you a tailored home practice plan that suits your schedule and physical capacity. This can save you money on classes, while helping you build the good habits you want.


After your consult I email you to to see if you have any questions, and to offer reference materials as appropriate. This could be something to read, a recording, or something I have discovered that I think you would enjoy.

All new clients booking option 1 receive complimentary access to the the self-led Yoga for Pain Foundations course. (Valued at $45)


Option 1 (for those who like everything in one go
Initial consult (1.5 hours + extra support as above) $225
Follow-ups (1 hour) $125

Option 2 (for those who prefer to break things up)

  1. Purchase Yoga for Pain Foundations and complete in your own time ($48)
  2. Book a one-hour consult ($175 face-to-face, $145 Skype)
  3. Followup half-hour consult 2-3 weeks later (free)

Subsidised rates may be available for those working in a field of contribution, who wish to have a package of sessions, or who are not able at this time to fully contribute financially. For inquiries about health fund rebates for yoga please speak to your provider.

To book call 0450 393 336 or email

Rachael's ability to put me at ease, ask very focused questions, listen intently and shine a light on what is most important to me has helped me clarify what otherwise remains a jumble of ideas.

Her lively, reflective and insightful mind as well as her kind nature and breadth of experience enable her to consistently balance encouragement and challenge.

Rachael is an excellent coach and role model for those of us seeking to learn and grow. (Daniel)