Private yoga classes are personalized sessions designed to meet the practitioner where they are at this moment in time and experience a practice based on what they are seeking. That can include one-on-one sessions or sessions with a partner or friend, or even small semi-private groups.
To experience the true essence of yoga and tap into the nectar of the practice, a practitioner might want to experience private yoga classes at least once at some point in their journey with the practice. I have students (of the practice) who regularly, sometimes weekly, enjoy private sessions. At the same time, I've also led private classes - particularly in Costa Rica - for travelers and visitors or people in the early stages of their practice or their first time trying yoga, who just wanted to enjoy a fun, well-balanced class in paradise, flowing to the sounds of nature. I know I have done my job when students walk away feeling they want to continue when back home and begin exploring the practice with regular classes. For those able to enjoy a multi-class pass of 5-10 sessions, practitioners walk away with a short sequence of about 5 postures tailored to their own needs, which they can practice at home at their convenience. But what is it like to experience private sessions?
Getting the most from your Private Yoga Sessions
The best way to experience privates is through a series of at least 3-5 classes. Why? During the first couple of sessions, the teacher is still becoming familiar with the unique physical structure and alignment of your body and its abilities and limitations. Simultaneously, imbalances are slowly uncovered (physical and otherwise), and the practice needs to be adjusted accordingly. Beginning with the 3rd session, we can really begin to tap into the nectar of the postures, and after around 5 sessions, there is a much better opportunity to customize and fine-tune the practice according to your needs, and based on what you are looking for. And since the practice of yoga is ever-evolving, and as the physical body begins to adjust, the practice needs to be adjusted accordingly with time. As a holistic wellness facilitator I also offer ongoing online session to help adjust the practice as it deepens. With that being said, many students just want to treat themselves to a private class while traveling in paradise, and that's great as well! Just one private session - with an experienced teacher who specializes in private classes - can be a life-changing experience.
So what about group classes? Public classes can be fun for many, and a powerful way to begin your journey with the practice - group classes have their time and place. I myself still like to experience being led surrounded by other yogi/nis from time to time, especially during travels, and I love connecting with the local Sangha and meeting like-minded practitioners around the globe. At the same time, and especially if you're practicing regularly and have been for a while, you want to invest in a few private sessions to help fine-tune your postures, uncover any imbalances, and experience yoga the way it was meant to be, and the way it was shared by the old Masters back in the days - through one-on-one sessions, sharing the light of yoga one person at a time.
Who are Privates for?
The answer is simple. Anyone looking to find balance, harmony, and well-being in their lives. Privates are designed to introduce the practitioner to the 8 limbs of yoga - the eight parts that make up the practice of yoga. That includes breathwork and meditation, how to approach any asana (physical posture), and how to develop a self-guided home practice.