Yoga continues to gain in popularity over the years and the availability of new classes every day confirms the trend. There is a Yoga trend that is growing even faster than classes. It is private yoga lessons.
What is the Difference Between Private Yoga Sessions and Yoga Classes?
An important note is a private yoga session is not a class for one student. It provides much, much more. You get the benefits. In other words, a private yoga session is not just getting more individual time and attention (although you do get more of both), it is about getting results tailored for your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness goals.
Below are the top three benefits you get from private yoga sessions.
Setting Personal Goals
This is by far the biggest benefit. Not everybody seeks yoga for the same reasons and not everybody’s reasons have the same personal priority. You may seek yoga to solve a physical, physiological or emotional challenge you have been having. It is impossible to have a one-size-fits-all approach to effectively reach your destination when sharing your yoga time with an entire class.
Instant Feedback and Communication
Simple questions like, “Am I doing it right?’ will be answered in real-time right away. Your private yoga instructor will be with you at every moment helping to personalize and shape your yoga practice more efficiently. Even with classroom yoga instructors that adapt to the class, the way the class gets adapted may not offer students the ability to get the feedback and communication that best suits them.
Confidence and Confidentiality
An important part of yoga is having confidence in your progress. Confidence may not come in a classroom full of other yoga students. You may not get the immediate feedback you need, or you may not feel 100% comfortable with a classroom of spectators even when the instructor and classmates are positive and encouraging. For many, a private instructor is a safer environment to be imperfect and feel less self-conscious.
We Encourage Yoga. Period.
Whether you choose a classroom environment or a private yoga instructor, beginning yoga is a path to many benefits. If you want yoga lessons that are tailored and personalized for your goals with immediate attention and feedback, while feeling safe to try new poses, then private yoga sessions are for you.
Trigger Warning: If you’ve had a history of trauma, and are prone to flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or are actively experiencing PTSD, this process may set off some of those experiences, which can reactivate feelings of the trauma. There are other mindfulness exercises that involve more grounding that may be a better fit for you, and you may want to skip this exercise.
Please read through all of the instructions before you begin.
Get in a comfortable position. This exercise can be done, sitting, laying, or standing if you wish.
Set a timer for 5 minutes.
Invite your eyes to rest.
Breathe in through the nose (if you can’t breathe through your nose the mouth makes an excellent substitute), out through the mouth, practicing diaphragmatic breathing. In order to practice diaphragmatic breathing,
Inhale deep into the belly, then the chest; invite your belly to expand and the ribcage to open as you inhale.
Exhale out through the mouth, at a pace that is comfortable for you, bringing the belly in towards your spine.
If you find it is difficult to breathe deep into the lungs you may consider resting your hands on top of your head, as this will open up the ribcage and make it easier to breathe deep.
Focus on the breath like a curious observer. Notice the coolness of the inhale, the warmth of the exhale. Notice how the chest rises and falls, and how the air flows through your windpipe.
As you go through this process, you may notice that your mindbody wanting to attend to different sensations, thoughts, or feelings. Perhaps you feel the urge to scratch an itch, or begin planning your to-do list is for tomorrow, or feel bored of this moment attending to the breath. Push nothing away and attach to nothing.
Any time you notice a thought or a feeling, label it and let it pass through your mind as though it were a log flowing down the river of your mind, and return your attention to the breath. You can tell yourself things like, “my mind is planning,” or “mind is judging,” or “body is feeling some anxiety.”
When the timer goes off, take a few moments to wiggle the fingers and toes, blink open the eyes, and then return to the room.
Go ahead now and take the time to complete the exercise, then return to reading.
Was it challenging for you to just breathe and sit still? Did you notice that even though all you’re supposed to be doing is breathing that your mindbody was having thoughts and feelings? I know my mind wandered to planning, criticism, and pondering. Did you notice any patterns? This exercise can be helpful to reduce anxiety, and understand the background content of our minds. It can also be a helpful reminder that we are more than our thoughts and feelings, and we do have some control over how we interact with them. Learning to regulate our interactions with our mindbody can go a long-way to improving our overall mindbody fitness.
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