Why do I need private 1-2-1 yoga?
Learn the poses
So many people attend private yoga classes before venturing to group classes so that they can familiarise themselves with the poses, the flow of asana and the pose names. It's a great way of boosting confidence before coming to a group class and let's you realise your bodies potential before attending a class where someone will no doubt be 'better than you'. The biggest lesson you can learn in yoga is that there is no such thing as being 'good' at yoga. Some are bendier than others, some are stronger. Some have been practising yoga for 10 years so move with the fluidity of water. But no one is better than the other. Leave your ego at the door and just follow the words of the teacher. Stay safe and listen to your body.
Yoga requires your body to enter positions that it may not have even dreamed of before!
Group classes contain different people of different levels and experience. The teacher has to lead the class whilst keeping an eye on everyone to make sure that they are safe. The bigger the class the less time the teacher has to keep an eye on you specifically. It may also be difficult for you to see the teacher in group classes so you are more inclined to strain your neck to look around people or to look up at the teacher whilst you are in Downward Facing Dog for instance. As beginners we all like to make sure we are following the teacher properly so need to peek at her/him every now and then but this could cause you some harm as you bring your body out of alignment in a pose which is probably quite taxing already. In private yoga this wouldn't happen as the teacher is guiding you and only you through the class, moving you with hands on adjustments and giving vocal ques which you know are only aimed at you!
Personal health history
You will be much more at ease sharing in depth health history with the instructor in a private setting. No one will judge or is probably even listening at the start of a group yoga class, they are setting up their mats, getting water etc, but still it can feel daunting to announce your current physical ailment across the room and you feel awkward at approaching the instructor alone at the front to quietly discuss the issue. Privately you can spend the entire class discussing medical issues and worries whilst engaging in the yoga class!
Boost your confidence
You wouldn’t believe, as an instructor, how many times I hear in a week, “I’m just not flexible.” And, “I’m just terrible at yoga.” I’ve taught in many different venues and, while some yoga students look like professional gymnasts, most are beginners who have little idea what they’re doing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, see the three limber 20-year-olds in headstands at that beginning of class, and lose the confidence that you mustered up to walk into the class in the first place.
First of all, if you’ve never done yoga before, chances are you aren’t that flexible. You can’t expect to walk on a tennis court for the first time and play like a pro either. Increased flexibility comes with practice. Secondly, there is no such thing as being terrible at yoga. The discipline of yoga is a journey that is between you and yourself. There is no competition in yoga, or rather there shouldn’t be.
A private instructor will be encouraging and help you understand the mechanics of the poses. Even in a few lessons you will see yourself getting more flexible and you’ll have greater confidence in your body and it's abilities.
The great aspect of a private yoga session is that your instructor can tailor your class to you and your needs. If you need greater hip flexibility, you can have an entire class just focusing on the hips. Or if you are super stressed out, you can work on your breathing for 20 minutes. One time I had a private client who just wanted to meditate with me for one hour and that was perfectly fine. Another I had a client who wanted to sit on the sofa and talk for the hour - again, fine!
You’re paying to get out of the class exactly what you need for that particular day. It’s very different from personal training in that you aren’t paying the private yoga teacher to push you to your limits. You are paying to help access your inner strength and balance through yoga poses but also through breathing, stress-relief and connection to your higher self, which will in turn help you to balance the other aspects of your life.
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