What Happens in a Private Yoga Session?

As a yoga instructor, I am usually on the receiving end of lots of questions. It’s actually one thing I love most about my profession. Leading a class through their practice and being present during their sacred times of meditation and personal growth is truly amazing. However, I also find tremendous joy from answering even the simplest of questions because when questions are asked and answered, that’s when true learning happens. And this almost always translates into a deeper, more connected practice. 

Not all questions are about poses or the foundational ethics of yoga. Some are purely logistical. One questions I get quite often is,

“What happens in a private yoga lesson?”

And this, in my opinion, is actually a fabulous question!

When people are first exploring getting acquainted (or reacquainted) with yoga, there are usually a lot of logistical questions like the one above. People want to know what to expect, and when they do, it often emboldens them to schedule a session and take that first step toward (or back into) their practice. 

Here is an example of a typical conversation flow with someone who finds out I am a yoga instructor. 

New acquaintance: What do you do?
Me: I teach yoga.
New acquaintance: Oh! I should do more yoga. Where do you teach?
Me: Upward Dog in the Byward Market, EVO in Orleans, a few community or work organized locations (like QUC and RCMP), but I mostly teach privately in people’s homes.
New acquaintance: Private yoga classes! How does that work?

I’m actually still shocked by how surprised people are to find out they can take private yoga classes in their own home. Which led me to thinking it was high time I blogged about this and answered some of the FAQS about private sessions. 

So, here’s goes nothing! 

Q: How do private yoga sessions through Yogarific work?

A: There are two ways to practice with me privately. 
Booking a 4-session package for a detailed treatment plan. 
Booking a one-off session with me at Align Massage Therapy in Orleans.

Q: Can you tell me more about the four-session option with a treatment plan? 
A: I prefer to learn as much as I can about a new client before I take them on. I prefer this for two main reasons. One, I want to do as much academic research as possible, looking into your specific complaints, physical needs, etc before determining if private yoga with me is right for you. Secondly, I want to be 100% sure that I can help you and that the your body is ready for the work. It is true that I have, in the past, suggested clients try another course of action before investing in private sessions with me. I always want to do what’s best for the client. 

Q: Let’s say I’m ready to start private yoga sessions with you and you’re ready to take me on as a client. What’s happens next? 
A: To find out more about you, I’ll ask you to complete a “New Client Information Form” that outlines some pertinent personal history as well as your goals. I’ll take this information and draft up a treatment plan to be covered in our 4 sessions together. We schedule a 20-minute phone meeting to discuss this treatment plan where we’ll both have the opportunity to ask any follow-up questions. If you agree on my proposed approach, we’ll schedule our first meeting!  

Q: Great! Where do we meet? 
A: We either meet in cozy studio space (that I arrange) or in a location of your choice (home or another space of your choosing). It’s easier to have our first meeting at the studio for access to all the necessary space and yoga props (i.e. yoga mat, block, strap, cushions, etc) but some people are simply more comfortable in their home, in which case I’ll bring the necessary props to you. 

Q: How long is our session? 
A: I ask that you reserve 1.5 hours for our session. I will guide you through a 1-hour yoga sequence, and I prefer to reserve 15 minutes before and after as a time for you to ask questions. 

Q: Will I be able to ask questions during the session? 
A: Absolutely! Since it’s just the two of us, you have the liberty to talk and ask as many questions as you like as they come up. You may wish to share, real-time, that some poses aren’t working for you so that we can immediately adjust. The sessions build on one another, so asking questions is encouraged. If you wish to be quiet during your practice, you will be able to ask questions during the above mentioned reserved 15 minutes before and after your 1-hour practice.

Q: What happens at the end of my 4 private sessions? 
A: After your 4 sessions have been completed (this usually takes 1-2 months), you will receive one single yoga sequence which will be a combination of our work together. The format will be of your choosing, either a PDF with photos and detailed text explanations, a video (mp4 played on your computer or smart TV), or an audio file (mp3 to listen). I can also create additional videos or printouts (for a small additional cost) and we continue meeting weekly, monthly, or quarterly to continue to tweak your practice and keep you motivated!

Q: What if I want to continue with my practice? 
A: Your yoga practice certainly doesn’t need to end at the completion of your 4 private sessions. When the sessions are complete, I’ll help you find ways to continue your yoga practice by directing you to appropriate yoga teachers. Sometimes that’s me, other times there are teachers in your community (or even online) that might be a better fit depending on what style of yoga best suits you. 

Q: Um, did you mention you provide private yoga sessions at a massage therapy office?! 
A: I sure did! My partnership with Align Massage Therapy in Orleans has been mutually beneficial since yoga and massage therapy really complement one another. Clients who meet me there are able to schedule their massage therapy appointments to coordinate with private yoga sessions right there in the clinic. 

I’ll admit, this is a lot of information to digest, but I hope answering some FAQs regarding private yoga sessions has been helpful. Remember, the hardest thing about your yoga practice is getting on your mat, so exploring your options is the first step toward an established and safe practice. I seek so much joy in helping you craft a plan and schedule that gets you to your mat easily (and in a way that you enjoy!).

Are you ready book or do you want to learn more about private yoga sessions? Contact me today and I’d be happy to answer any additional questions or get you on the calendar.