There are lots of reasons why a private yoga class, also known as a 1 to 1, might appeal, especially in our new normal, when group classes aren’t for everyone, or often not available at all.
Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practicing for years, private/1 to 1 yoga classes are a great chance to go deeper into your yoga practice.
For newbies it will give you an understanding of the basics of yoga. The classes cover the key poses and help avoid injury by teaching you correct placement for your body.
If you have a health concern or are recovering from an injury, private classes will show you how to adapt yoga poses for your body. They may help to speed up recovery and regain confidence.
If you a more experienced yogi and want to go deeper into your practice, private classes are a great opportunity to get tailored advice and sequences, to take your practice to the next level.
So what questions should you ask your yoga teacher before you proceed?
- Are they qualified? The absolute minimum qualification for a yoga teacher is 200 hour certification, in any style of yoga.
- Are they insured? Ask for a copy of their cert and check the date on it for peace of mind.
- What style or styles of yoga do they teach, and which style(s) would they plan to work on with you in your 1 to 1? If you have been doing YouTube videos of hatha style yoga for example, and it turns out your new teacher specialises in Ashtanga you won’t be on the same page from the get-go. You need to know what you are getting into when you are making this investment. A little research into yoga styles and asking questions of your potential new teacher will go a long way.
- Do they want to discuss your 1 to 1 in advance of taking a payment or booking? I would meet all my potential clients in advance of our first session to make sure your needs, expectations and questions are all ironed out and clear. What elements you want to focus on should be discussed for example strength, mobility, relaxation, techniques etc. You also need to make sure you “gel” with your teacher and can build a rapport over time.
- Will they check my medical history? While this is done briefly in a group class of course, for 1 to 1s the big advantage is that can be more in-depth to ensure an absolutely bespoke tailored experience. Your private yoga teacher should ask about major injuries or surgeries from your past, what other exercise or fitness activities you engaged in, what your occupation is, your general routines, and about any current bodily discomforts or issues. Just as important as the physical stuff, they should ask about your mental and emotional health, what other mindfulness practices if any you practice and how much yoga philosophy and limbs they would like interwoven into our time together.
If you are based in Dublin (or anywhere else and wiling to have your classes via Zoom) and are interested in private classes, contact me to get the conversation going and see if I am the teacher for you. I will be happy to point you in the right direction to help find the right yogi for you.