Many yoga students come to classes and think that their only option is to practice in a group setting. This environment can be both intimidating and frustrating. Despite trying to keep our eyes on our own mats, we often find ourselves in that human space of comparison and self-doubt. Additionally, there may be asanas we are working on but not successfully getting because we need a bit more attention. These and many other situations are perfect examples of why connecting with a teacher like you for a private, one-on-one class can be super beneficial.
As teachers, we are always looking around the room, assisting either physically or verbally with cues, our students as they flow through their practice. Yet, the group setting restricts how much one-on-one attention we can give to any individual yogi. Students may have reservations about practicing in a group, questions about their asanas, special requirements due to physical or emotional limitations and/or are maybe just looking to change up their yoga in some fashion. A private yoga session is a fantastic opportunity to explore different aspects of your practice with at teacher who resonates with you.
Yoga teachers recognize and understand that private yoga sessions are really the bomb. But many students do not either know they are a possibility or have hesitation about asking their teachers about private sessions. Are you having trouble convincing your students about the benefits of individual sessions? Here are some of the big reasons I suggest to my students try a private yoga sessions:
1.) You get individual attention paid to your yoga practice. The teacher is there for only you so the class can be carefully catered to your needs.
2.) You can get one-on-one assistance with asanas that you are struggling with both physically and emotionally. The teacher can help guide you within the bounds of your practice and body in a way not possible in many group classes.
3.) You can get help designing a home practice for when you cannot come to class.
4.) You can practice with your teacher and not be distracted, uncomfortable or in the energy of other yogis. For shy or nervous students this truth can be profoundly powerful.
5.) You get to establish a mentor/teacher-student relationship beyond the group setting. Your teacher gets to know you as a student on a deeper level which allows them to give you better guidance in your practice on and off the mat.
6.) You can create an environment where there is safety in exploring the emotional reactions to a yoga practice. These one on ones can be taught at a studio or even in your own home.
7.) You can work on a gentler or more challenging practice than you normally do in group classes. If you are not finding what you need in the regular studio schedule, you and your teacher can create it.
8.) You can meet with your teacher to talk about yoga, philosophy and all eight limbs of the practice. Deepen your yoga experience with reading assignments, or meditation or chanting with the guidance of your teacher.
9.) It can be fun to explore new poses and sequences with the help of a teacher. If you are uncomfortable practicing while your teacher watches/assists you, you can always ask to have the teacher practice WITH you.
10.) You carve out time for yourself in the midst of a busy day and life. You put yourself first which is an important step in self care.
The lucky yogi is the one who has a chance to practice with private one-on-one attention from their teacher. This opportunity creates immense room for growth of their practice both on and off the mat, and can deepen the trust that exists with their body, their mind and their yoga teacher.
For more about Private Yoga and Teaching/Taking Private yoga classes, check out the incredible posts during this month’s Yoga Blog Tour. Read the wisdom shared yesterday Kelsey Bourgeois and tomorrow check out Victoria O’Conner‘s.
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