Perfect for people who:
- are shy or intimidated by yoga studios and would rather not do yoga in public (eg. you don’t think that you look like a yoga person, you have social anxiety, you are a local celebrity and want your private time to yourself.)
- have scheduling conflicts with local group offerings (eg. you are only available on Tuesday afternoon but the local studio doesn’t have any classes then, you are a beginner but all of the classes at the rec centre that work with your schedule are for experienced practitioners.)
- have certain goals they would like to work toward in practice (eg. you’d really like to advance to lotus pose or the splits, improve your forward bending, increase the length of your breath, or address certain issues in meditation; the difference between this and therapeutic is that your goals are in relative isolation to the health issues that you are facing.)
- have a desire to understand more about how to “do” the practices or what the practices are meant to accomplish (eg. you have been taking “vinyasa” or “flow” classes at a local studio but you realize you don’t really know how to perform the individual poses or safely transition between them, you have been told by someone that you should do shoulderstand more often but you don’t really know if that’s good for you or why you would want to, you’d like to understand more about yoga philosophy or history.)
- would like to have an intimate time being active with a partner or a small group of friends (eg. a special family gift of time together, a regular time you and your partner to be active together without having to leave your home business, a post-natal group.)
What distinguishes this from yoga therapy: private / semi-private / small-group yoga instruction can seem much like yoga therapy but needn’t be. The distinguishing feature here is that a formal assessment isn’t done and you are not trying to address a specific health issue or set of issues. Sometimes therapeutics do come into play for a period of time, because life is fluid and tends to be like that. Increased complexity in the work may necessitate the sessions being recognized as formally therapeutic (with a corresponding increase in paperwork and fee).