Yoga Trainer In Kolkata: As we are living in an age where free time and leisures are constantly squeezed under the pressure of work or commitments, more people are looking for a private session than a yoga class. The main difference between a yoga class and a private session is your trainer gets the opportunity to devote all his concentration to only one person, that is you. It is an entirely different entity with its own structure and rules. But what does that mean exactly?
The differences show up on multiple levels:
1. Attention is paid to student’s goals (Personal Goal Setting)
2. Determining how much attention is to be paid to an individual
student’s needs, wants and likes (Choice of Practices)
3. How the practice gets adapted based on the student’s feedback
4. How much student is getting to practice on her own (Home
5. How much the practice changes from session to session
6. How long the practice is (Length)
As every person in this world in psychologically different so is their reason to come in touch with yoga, and those reasons will vary from student to student. Some reasons are specifically physical (Ex: help with lower back pain), and others are more general (Ex: increase flexibility). A personal yoga session focuses on those goals, depending on the size of the class, how new the student is, whether or not the teacher asks, etc. Ultimately, a private yoga trainer sets the intention for the class. Students usually seek private yoga sessions because they are trying to find a solution to some sort of problem (physical, physiological, mental-emotional).In a private session student’s goals set the stage for the entire practice. We begin with “What would you like to get out of your practice?” and then refine and prioritize. Doing private yoga sessions without specific goals is like being adrift in the sea of possibilities – you get pulled in different directions and may never reach your destination.
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2. Choice of Practices
We can not deny that in a yoga class, the participant’s needs, wants and likes are generalized, while in a private session they are very specific, unique to the needs of a student. In both we need to know what these are and design the practice accordingly. In a private yoga class, designing a practice for an individual senior should be much more specific. Yes, someone might be benefited from the things that have worked on in a class, but knowing her priorities will set the direction for your work together. You might discover that one is most bothered by an aching spine; or that she can’t sleep through the night and wakes up tired; or that she is having trouble focusing while studying. A carefully designed yoga practice can address any one of these concerns. Once you know what she wants to work on, you can select appropriate yogic elements and organize them in a way that targets the primary issue. Each student’s individual differences and personal preferences are also important to consider. If someone is much
likely to continue with the practice if it resonates with her on some level and suits her personality. So if she would be given breathing technique that makes her feel lightheaded or a mantra that grinds on her nerves, no matter how appropriate it is for her state, it would not be appropriate for her.
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3. Adapting the Practice
In a class format the feedback from the students are taken mostly from observing them in the course of the practice. Prior knowledge of injuries and physical limitations is certainly helpful, or somebody might voice their concern about a particular posture or request a modification. Based on that information one might choose to change some elements of the practice that you’ve intended to do. In private sessions both visual and verbal feedback need to go on continuously. Any element of the practice can be adapted, based on the student’s response to the practice. Sometimes it’s minor, like changing the arm position in a pose, and sometimes it’s major,
like reorganizing the entire practice. It’s an intricate process of fine-tuning the sequence based on the student’s experience with the practice for a personal yoga trainer. The only way for us to know whether a certain practice has the desired effect is to have the student practice on her own.
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4. Home practice
What is the importance of a home practice? There is a limit on how much we can accomplish in one session or even one session a week. The learner must be empowered, showing that change is possible and is a result of one’s own actions. The student needs to learn what she can do on her own to help herself.
There is a lovely sutra in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that can be loosely translated as “The speed with which you progress toward your goals is in direct proportion to your faith and the amount of effort you put into it”. Makes sense, right? If you practice occasionally and believe in it somewhat, it will take much longer. But if you practice often and with great conviction, you will achieve your goals much faster. That’s what the home practice is for.
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In a class, setting variety is preferable. People often come to class because they don’t know what to do or don’t want to do it on their own. Variety is important to challenge the students’ bodies in different ways and bring all their joints through the full range of motion at least every couple of weeks. It’s useful to shift the focus of the yoga practice, emphasizing neck and shoulders, for example, in one class; working on building energy in the next one or developing a certain idea, like “stability” in another one. In addition, we want to encourage self-awareness, as opposed to “checking out”, encourage consistency in class attendance, and gradually build interest in other practices yoga has to offer (Ex: pranayama, meditation, chanting, etc.) Usually, it is counterproductive to design a brand new practice at every private session. The goal is to encourage a home practice, therefore we need to make sure that the student is comfortable with doing the practice on her own. In yoga how you do things is just
as important as what you do, so if the practice constantly changes, it is hard for the student to remember the important details that make a difference. We begin by developing an initial practice for the student based on what she needs, wants and is willing to do (usually we will start with 3-4 poses and some breath awareness). In consecutive sessions we usually check on her progress, review what she is doing, correct the mistakes, make slight changes based on her feedback and encourage her to continue practicing. We can judge the effectiveness of the practice only after she’s done it consistently for some time.
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The average class is usually 75 to 90 minutes long, which gives us more opportunity to spread out and cover all the “bases”. Private yoga sessions are usually 60 minutes long with some of the time spent on the student’s feedback and explanations about the specifics of the practice. The actual home practice that the student takes away is usually between 10 and 30 minutes in length, the average being about 20 minutes. We are all busy; very few of us have the luxury of a 75 min yoga practice every day. The practice needs to be concise and specific, every adaptation selected according to the student’s needs, nothing generic or random. The sequence continues to be refined during your work together. Yoga is a powerful and comprehensive system that was designed to affect the student on multiple levels – physical, energetic, mental-emotional and spiritual. For a yoga teacher, it is possible to facilitate this process in both group class and private session setting. The main difference is that in a yoga class the teacher is a leader who sets the intention for the whole group. In a private session the teacher is a partner, whose sole purpose is to support the student’s unique process of personal transformation.
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