Individual instruction and therapy session offer many benefits for the beginner and more advanced student alike. Some of these are described below.
Focusing on Personal Goals Another benefit of private yoga lessons is the ability to focus on personal interests, concerns or goals. Instead of following the instruction of a yoga instructor in a class setting that may not meet personal goals for flexibility, strength or meditation, a private lesson allows an individual to set the goals and plans. The instructor takes the information about a yoga practitioner’s goals and creates a personalized routine based on the information. It is possible to focus on personal goals and interests for the body and mind.
Creating a Personalized Schedule Although the experience and goal planning is important, making the time for lessons is a vital element of yoga. If it is not possible to get to a class, then joining a class is not logical. Private lessons work around personal plans and scheduling. It is possible to take lessons at any time of the day or night based on work and social obligations. Instead of trying to work a class into a schedule that has limited time, the lessons are taken when it is possible in the current schedule.
Overcoming Health Concerns Injuries and health concerns can make a normal yoga class impractical. A yoga instructor with several students cannot focus on one individual and ensure that the poses will not further injure or strain the person. Furthermore, health concerns like diabetes or heart disease may require special alterations to the yoga therapy practice.
When health concerns are a potential issue, it is best to have a private yoga lesson. The instructor can work around the problem and avoid further complications. As the discipline of yoga is maturing in how it is offered in this country experienced teachers are more adept at tailoring individual non-medical yoga therapies many are utilizing to help with recovery from a number of physical and mental/emotional issues.
Developing a Plan for Personal Home Yoga Practicing yoga at home is not recommended until after working with a professional. The reasons are practical: practicing at home without initial instruction can lead to accidental injuries. A private yoga lesson can make it possible to create a plan that is appropriate for practicing in the home at a future date.
Working on In-Depth Practice Although beginners can experience benefits of yoga from private lessons to gain confidence, it is also beneficial for advanced practitioners. Taking a yoga practice to the next level may require private instruction. Advanced classes in a group setting might not offer the level of challenge and planning that is required for more advanced practitioners. Advanced practitioners can benefit from yoga instruction from an instructor without the distractions of other students or less advanced classes. It is beneficial to work with a private instructor for yoga. In many cases, it will result in better skills, a greater level of confidence and fewer complications.
Depending on the situation, private yoga lessons may be the right approach to getting started or taking yoga practice to the next level. One-on-one lessons are beneficial in many situations. I teach both individual and group Yoga classes in the Guilford, Madison, Branford and New Haven and Woodbridge areas. In addition, I specialize in employing yoga therapy and other powerful energetic, meditative and corrective movement practices that offer non medical way to help with stress management, mitigating the effects of long term stress, developing physical and mental balance and resolving movement difficulties and chronic pain. For a free, no-risk consultation on which services may best meet your needs please call me at (203)488-1700.