Private lessons are a very valuable tool for deepening one’s practice. One on one a student can more quickly learn about proper techniques for alignment, breathing, and movement based on where they are in their practice–all of which can be instrumental in laying a strong foundation for a safe and transformative yoga asana practice. I also offer lessons in both pranayama and meditation. 1:1 lessons are also highly valuable for students who have been practicing for some time, as they may be making mistakes of which they are unaware or they might wish to fine tune particular aspects of their practice.
Most importantly, yoga should be adapted to meet the individual needs of each person, based on their age, body type, and intentions for their practice. The man most responsible for inventing modern yoga, Sri T Krishnamacharya, as well as his son, TKV Desikachar, emphasized this approach, particularly in Krishnamacharya’s later years. This individualized approach can only really take place in a one to one setting–either in person, or, with the benefit of today’s technology, through an online platform such as Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout.
In retrospect, if I could change one thing about the way that I learned yoga I would have invested in private lessons much earlier. When I finally invested in private lessons with a quality teacher–years after I first started practicing yoga– my practice improved dramatically. So if I could give advice to any new student it would be this: invest in private lessons early on and develop your own personal practice. Even if you only practice 10 minutes a day starting out, that’s a great start. Developing a personal practice is the most important habit for any new student to form.
Any student should be very careful about whom they ask to be their teacher. It’s not a role that I take lightly and I’d be grateful for the opportunity to share with others these teachings that have been so transformative for me. If you’re interested you can contact me via any of the social media icons on the home page of this website, through the online contact form, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.