Originally yoga was taught by one teacher directly to one student. The importance of individualising the yoga experience for each students was considered the most important part of the teaching.
Why take a private class?
For some a private yoga class is simply a happier proposition, for students new to yoga there maybe concerns over being in a group class, that can feel a little intimidating or distracting. From my own personal experience it took me about a year of home practice with a DVD before I ventured into a class. Some students aren't accustomed to movement and are concerned about their level of flexibility and being able to keep up during a group class.
Others may have injuries or medical issues to contend with which are better served in a more controlled environment where its easier to define the pace of the class but at the same time be encouraged to find your boundaries.
For some life long yogis, there maybe an injury that you need to work around or simply a new posture that is proving a challenge and needs some careful Yoga and Anatomy understanding.
What to expect
Each new private student will be interviewed before classes start with a questionnaire, reviewing goals, personal medical history and any previous levels of yoga experience. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss any concerns, be it anything from levels of flexibility and fitness to boundaries about hands on adjustments.
Private yoga classes provide a platform to advise and create a class approach to suit you. Tailoring the pace, content, and focus of each class. Whether you are an experienced yogi or a complete beginner, fancy a challenging dynamic class or more restorative session a class and ongoing programme can be developed for you.
Classes can be scheduled to suit your personal timetable, with early morning, lunchtime, evening or weekend classes available 7 days per week. Classes can be booked as a one- off class or as part of a regular programme.
An ideal space to develop and deepen your practice. A personal yoga instructor delivers a creative, engaging, informative class, sensitive to the requirements of the moment to keep you inspired. Private yoga classes are also a perfect learning environment to develop a home practice, deepen your understanding of yogic philosophy and aspects such as meditation and breathing practices.
Honouring traditional methods of teaching Vinyasa Krama yoga, and developing a safe practice each class features an initial centring period usually in the form of breathing (Pranayama), followed by a sequences of postures (Asana), and finishing with a restorative sequence.
This process promotes a sense of relaxation, allowing the body and mind to realign, recharge and find balance. All with the additional benefit of having your own personal yoga instructor paying attention to your alignment, with corrections, modifications and when appropriate hands on adjustments. Private classes have a more give and take feel than a group class, so the whole experience is very different and rewarding to the teacher and student alike.