As I am reflecting on my experiences of yoga teacher and facilitator in the past few years, I am feeling stronger and clearer than ever before, that making yoga personal practice makes so much sense. And that to inspire and to encourage people to adjust the practice to their current needs and dispositions, to help them integrate their intentions to the practice in respectful and self-caring way is the best I can do for them.
I see yoga as a broad discipline which offers us - humans - many tools to function easier in our daily life, to live in fulfilling, responsible and healthy way, as a discipline which allows us to see and live our highest potential in harmony with our unique essence.
Therefore when someone asks me "Which style of yoga do you teach?" just answering with the list of yoga schools and approaches I was trained in is ...rather reductionist. Of course I am choosing the methods which I experienced personally as most potent, but never dogmatically - the highest arbiter for choosing what to focus on and how and in which pace I would transmit yoga teaching in the particular session are the people who are present in the class. Maybe I should call it Humanistic Yoga then - yoga focused on human beings in their full variety;). My attempt is also making yoga accessible for everyone and every body who might be interested to try - not only for fit, well-off, flexible people.
That is the reason why I prefer to facilitate yoga for small groups when I can easier tailor the class to the needs of particular people. And in many aspects the most satisfying work for me is to guide individual sessions - to really focus on the needs and intentions of the unique students in their present stage of life - meeting them wherever they are. I feel in this way yoga becomes really powerful experience with the deep level of human connection. And also as I see a huge potential of yoga in balancing and easing not only the physical side of human beings, but also their mental and emotional worlds, a tool helping them to overcome past traumas, from my experience the individual work makes really sense here.
Therefore in the upcoming year I want to dedicate more time and energy to the private yoga sessions - I am creating a space in my schedule for more private students.
Maybe you never experienced one-on-one session of yoga and you are not sure what it actually means...let´s explore a bit deeper. How does the private session looks like? We meet in the time that fits you, either in my LIVING (room) YOGA studio or at your place. First we speak about your goals and intentions, understanding together how yoga practices can be integrated into your current lifestyle, so you benefit from them the most. Then we are exploring together the options of facilitating yoga that will resonate with you. During the session you receiving personalized guidance based on your health and lifestyle - and your intentions. If that resonates with you, the session can be led more like a dialog when you can ask and comment on what we are doing. If you are up to practicing in between of our sessions at home (and I highly recommend to do so:), you can receive a written recommendation for personal practice. In between of the sessions you can also contact me in case some questions arise.
People choose private sessions for variety of reasons such as:
Grasping the basics of yoga
Developing confidence to practice in group settings
Tailoring their practice to benefit a sport or profession outside of the studio, such as improving climbing climbing skills or complementing running training
Learning to modify a practice while healing from injury
Cultivating a therapeutic practice to manage or improve health issues like insomnia or low back pain, anxiety or PTSD.
Receiving one-on-one attention in a private space
Deepening meditation practice
Diving into asanas, whether you need special attention to master a challenging pose like headstand or refining the form in some of the fundamental asanas...
And how many sessions will you need to benefit the most?
That is really individual. Some people meet their goals after three sessions, some people are choosing the private sessions as regular weekly practice.
How much sense it makes for you to? If that resonates, you are invited to speak to me, we can start soon:)
Exploring yogic philosophy or unfamiliar styles of yoga