Why should I do a private lesson? Can’t I just do a group class?
While group classes offer a fantastic chance to explore poses with a community of yogis, private lessons give you a chance to work on goals specific to you and your practice. Additionally, private lessons allow you to receive real-time, individualized feedback while also leaving space for you to ask questions and clear up confusion.
If you have specific goals like increasing balance, cultivating mindfulness, developing strength in a certain area, achieving relaxation after a busy week, or recuperating from an injury, private lessons provide a unique opportunity to progress toward those goals.
What can I expect in my private lesson?
Before our first session, I’ll ask you a few questions about your goals and any physical issues you would like to address. This will allow me to plan for our session and to tailor it according to your needs. Typical sessions begin with a few slow, grounding movements and then move to a heat-building flow. Depending on your needs, we usually end with stretches designed to release the hamstrings, hips, shoulders, or back. Finally, we settle into savasana, a pose of deep rest.
What should I wear? Should I bring anything?
Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. Cotton or sweat-wicking synthetics with stretchy waist bands tend to work well for most people. You will be barefoot during our session, so shoes and socks are not necessities. Bring a yoga mat and any additional props you prefer. I will provide two blocks, a yoga blanket, a bolster, and a strap for your use.
How can I prepare for our session?
Staying hydrated will help ease stretching and muscle recovery, and will help reduce the likelihood of cramping and light-headedness. Most people need a daily intake between .5 and 1 oz of water for every pound they weigh. For example, a person who weighs 300 lbs would need to drink between 150 and 300 ounces of water daily. Try to make a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day — I almost always carry a water bottle to remind myself to hydrate!
Traditional yogic wisdom has recommended practicing yoga on an empty stomach. This allows the body to move more freely with less discomfort. Many people find that waiting to practice yoga 3-4 hours after a large meal or 1-2 hours after a small meal or snack is sufficient wait time to move comfortably.
Heavy meals that take a long time to digest can cause discomfort during the yoga practice. Opt for nutrient-rich foods that leave you feeling both satiated and energized, and avoid foods that irritate your body or leave you feeling bloated. Personally, I’ve found that eating according to Ayurvedic guidelines helps me achieve this state of energy and satiety. To learn more about Ayurveda, visit the University of Maryland Medical Center’s site.