Professional guidance is the key to a successful yoga practice. With all the videos, live-streaming and YouTubers out there it's easy to undermine the value of professional guidance. Here are some important reasons why you need professional guidance in your yoga practice:
Yoga Asks Your Body to Take Some Unusual Positions
Going into a big yoga class with students at different levels can lead you to perform yoga poses without proper alignment. If it’s difficult to see the instructor you might be inclined to simply follow what others are doing. And if the person next to you is doing the pose incorrectly, you might also have improper form and leave yourself open to injury. A private instructor will take the time to show you how to get into and out of every pose properly.
Comfort in Sharing Your Personal Health History
In a group class, it can be challenging to approach the instructor with your health history. And even if you do, he or she might not be able to help you modify poses throughout the entire class. However, it is helpful for an instructor to know if you’re getting over surgery, an injury, or an illness. Just because yoga can look easy and relaxing, doesn’t mean it’s harmless.
Boosting Your Confidence
You wouldn’t believe, as an instructor, how many times I hear “I’m just not flexible” or “I’m just terrible at yoga.” I’ve taught in a variety of venues and, while some yoga students look like professional gymnasts, most are beginners who sometimes have little idea what they’re doing.
A private instructor will be encouraging and help you understand the mechanics of the poses. Even in a few lessons you will see yourself getting more flexible and you’ll have greater confidence.
Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a yoga class where I really needed a certain pose and waited and waited only to be disappointed by the end. The great aspect of a private yoga session is that your instructor can tailor your class to you and your needs.
Tools You Will Have for a Lifetime
The right private yoga teacher will give you tools you can always use outside of a class or as we say in the yoga world, “off the mat.” Everyone could use tips on how to stand taller, sit upright, and stretch properly before exercise. Moreover, certain breathing techniques will get you through the tough times in life.
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