Getting into yoga is important not only for your physical health but also your mental health. Research has shown that taking part in yoga will result in an increase in overall sense of wellbeing. However, while it has a lot of benefits, yoga in the western world is typically a group activity, which can make it unsuitable for individual needs. You may have a range of complications ranging from a lack of confidence, injury issues, and a complicated schedule among other things that may require yoga that will cater to your individual needs. The following are some of the benefits of private yoga sessions.
If you have a busy or complicated schedule, private yoga lessons can come in very handy. With a private session you do not have to worry about rush hour traffic, parking or arriving to find that the other students started before you arrived. Private lessons work around your plans as your teacher will meet you at your convenience.
Boosts Your Confidence
As a beginner, it can be intimidating and frustrating getting into a group session and see limber students doing some crazy poses. If you are older or have never been very flexible, you can get discouraged in such a session which could cause you to quit. If you are the type that gets easily intimidated, then you should go to a private yoga session where you can get the encouragement you need. A private tutor will help get you up to speed on the different asanas, breathing techniques and basics, and build up your confidence.
You can Work on Your Advanced Practice
While a private practice could work wonders for the confidence and ability of beginners, they are also hugely beneficial for advanced practitioners. Advanced classes in a group setting might not offer the best challenge, particularly if you are a fast learner. By doing personalized yoga sessions you can have the instructor teach you advanced skills that will challenge you. These are lessons you may not get in group settings since you have to work at the pace of the slowest learner.
Works with Any Injuries you may have
With private classes, the yoga teacher can work with your injuries, health concerns and any other limitations such as pregnancy or heart disease. This also works very well if you have had an injury and are concerned that the injury may reoccur if you push yourself too hard. With a private instructor who understands your health issues, you can practice different postures or modify them so that you reduce the risk of injury, while still getting the benefits during the session.
The Instructor is there only for You
As the only student in the class, you get all the attention of the yoga teacher. They will guide you through every sequence, pose, movement and allow you to ask as many questions as you want. Moreover, they will have the time to sit down with you to give personalized feedback. You can also tell them what you like and what you do not like and they will modify the approach to fit your needs. Lastly, since you are paying the instructor a premium, they will be available for consultations beyond the classroom and will help you with all your thoughts, observations and questions during the class.
Even as group sessions may be energizing, fun, affordable and help create a sense of community, they do not provide the individualized guidance and attention that you may need at one time or another. What most people need is traditional yoga, which would be more effective given that the teacher taught just one student. If you can be specific with your instructor and tell them about your needs, private sessions can be tailored to provide a lot of benefits that will help enhance your yoga practice.