The Benefits of Private Yoga
Private yoga, is a way to get the attention you need, and to work on the specifics of exactly where your practice it is at. In group classes, the teacher has to guide students according to studio guidelines, level/type of class being offered, and time of day. You'll be getting a much different class at 6pm (prime time, when everyone is off of work), than say a 10am all levels/slow flow class (for people who work from home/retired).
Participating in private yoga sessions, allows the teacher to be fully focused on you, your concerns, and your needs. Whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual - which is of the utmost importance to understand. Some may be coming to private teaching because they are brand new to yoga. They've heard of all the wonderful benefits, but feel intimidated with how to get started. Some may be recovering from an injury, and need a gentler approach before re-entering group classes, or want to develop an in home practice. There are practitioners who are looking to deal with the emotional support yoga has to offer; others may be wanting to delve deeper into the spiritual side of their practice to heal; and others who want to discover ways to push the physical boundaries of their practice beyond what they ever thought imaginable.
Certain yogis who want to push the limits of what their body can do physically will be interested in arm balances, inversions, headstands, handstands, and transitions. This type of training is an excellent modality to rid the body of emotional stress, to calm the mind, and to find a deep inner peace & strength they never knew available to them. You can't be engaging with the brain chatter in your mind when you're practicing a handstand. The mind has to be clear, and you have to be fully focused in the moment.
Yoga is a mind-body exercise. By moving the physical body, certain emotions may be stirred or aroused. The positive speak in yoga, combined with the physical postures, helps release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional well-Being. Yoga is an excellent healing modality to help people who suffer from: stress, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, problems with relationships, and sexual function, as well as issues related to trauma and abuse.
Some have spiritual questions. The questions, "Who am I?" or "Why am I here?" are a big one people focus on. The great Indian teacher BKS Iyengar, famously said, "Yoga is not a religion, it is a science of religions."
A more conscious and mindful practice of yoga, allows the practitioner to take a deeper look into the mysteries of life. It is a system, that can be modified and custom tailored to look within whatever spiritual beliefs you may hold. You may even discover another tradition that better suits your ideals at this junction of your life. While yoga is primarily rooted in Indian culture & Hinduism, it's approach and techniques may be applied to any spiritual belief(s) or discipline(s) you would like to explore.
The mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all related and connected to each other. As a result, the stress of past emotional and traumatic events affects the central nervous system and can cause changes in the body and even in body language, often resulting in altered facial expressions and posture as well as physical pain. Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using specific interventions, yoga helps you to release the tension, anger, frustration and other emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences. The goal is to help free you from the stress and pain that is preventing you from fully engaging in your life.
When yoga postures are combined with deep breathing, pranayama and meditation - the mind, body, spirit connection can be strengthened, and brought to a place of stillness & wholeness.