Individual Private Sessions and Yoga Therapy
TKV Desikachar reminds us that the “heart of yoga” is in the personal practice we do each day. Our personal practice done over time and with a positive attitude offers the possibility of transformation in our lives. In order for that to happen, we need guidance. Awareness of our patterns and behaviors causing us difficulty may not be enough to promote this change, and the actions we take to create new patterns of behavior are often difficult to sustain. A teacher can come to see what may be limiting this growth and then design a practice using the appropriate tools of yoga to support this transformational process.
In the initial private session, the student completes a confidential form. Conversation follows so a relationship can be established. This allows teacher and student to be clear about the goals to be accomplished, or the obstacles needing to be reduced in order to achieve those goals. This supports the development of a practice specifically designed for the needs of the individual at every level, from the physical to the emotional.
The student is then guided in a practice to ensure she can do it on her own at home. If the student has a recording device available, the teacher may record the practice. Otherwise, the teacher draws the practice for the student so it can be used as a reference. It is recommended that the student return for follow-up so the teacher can observe, aid, and/or change the practice as needed.
Private Sessions are essential for those sincerely interested in:
- Developing an at home personal practice
- Dealing with special needs that can’t be addressed in a group class
- Studying a particular aspect of yoga in a one-on-one setting
Yoga Therapy Sessions may be similar in nature. The context however is directly related to practice designed dealing with injury, illness, trauma or change in life.
Workshops dedicate an extended period of time to allow in-depth work on a specific topic of interest to students or yoga teachers. A workshop may be a half day, a full day, weekend or longer. Dissemination of information as well as experiential practice supports a greater understanding of the topic. Time is always allotted for question and answer, and discussion. The many questions or insights that arise in our minds during a short group class can be explored and answered during this extended period of time. This allows for a deeper understanding of not only the practice, but also of us.
Topics for workshops can vary and may include: refining postures breathe work, meditation, use of sound or chant, or yoga philosophy.
Fran is available to design and teach workshops based on your studio's needs.
Group classes provide a dedicated time and space to explore a variety of yoga practices, tools and their effects. A group class can support a personal home practice, allow us a brief respite from the demands and stresses of our lives, and offer a social connection with others interested in yoga. Group classes include yoga poses, breathing practices, and concepts from yoga philosophy, chanting, and meditation, depending on the needs of the group. Attention is given to appropriate modifications and options for students’ comfort.
Yoga Teacher Trainings
Yoga For Well-Being conducts trainings at the 200, 250 or 500 hour level. Fran is also available for other training programs on a variety of topics.
Trainings are designed for those who want to become teachers, or for those who want to deepen their knowledge of yoga.
Professional course requirements such as class design, written homework assignments, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ability to present in front of a group, allow one to receive a professional certification and application for registry with Yoga Alliance.
See the Training page for more info or Contact Fran at email@example.com or call 845-721-3938.