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Published on June 12th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey

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How to Find a Private Yoga Instructor in Your Area

How to Find a Private Yoga Instructor in Your Area

From time to time, I get calls from people who live outside my service area (Los Angeles). Often they are beginners, curious about yoga and eager to start working with someone one-on-one.

Here are a few tips that I hope help you in finding THE BEST TEACHER FOR YOU, as well as what to expect in your FIRST PRIVATE YOGA SESSION.

FINDING A PRIVATE YOGA INSTRUCTORHow to Find a Private Yoga Instructor in Your Area Private Yoga Santa Monica Los Angeles

  • Google “private yoga instructor [your city]”
  • Research the primary yoga studios in your area and ask them for a referral. Look for someone with 3-5 years+ of teaching privates and ideally someone who has been practicing yoga for minimum 10-15 years.
  • Yoga and Fitness Training Apps: I don’t really recommend these apps for people with any injuries (recent or past) or special yoga needs. Also, personally I would not feel safe allowing someone who I couldn’t research/talk to on the phone prior arrive in my home. This is not a concern for everyone though and if you’re looking for fitness instruction on a budget, this can be a great option.

INTERVIEWING A PRIVATE YOGA INSTRUCTOR

  • Feel free to call them up and ask them about their training, teaching philosophy, rates (single, couple, family), form of payment and whether they come to you or work out of a studio.
  • Ask them about their intake process–a good instructor will want to know about your body (age, injury status, lifestyle, stress level, etc.) prior to the first session.
  • Make sure your instructor is accustomed to working with all kinds of bodies, ages, sizes (if this is important to you).

WHAT TO WEAR & WHAT TO BRING

  • Yoga doesn’t require any special clothes or gear. Just wear comfortable clothing that you feel comfortable in.
  • Whether you are taking your first private at a studio or your home, you should not have to bring anything, except if you prefer, your own yoga mat.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE SESSION

  • I think giving new students a brief history of yoga is important–to contextualize what you’ll be teaching them
  • It should be a safe space meaning you should feel free to ask questions at any time, as well as inform the instructor if anything does not feel ‘good’ in your body
  • A customized yoga program for Your Body! This is really important – you don’t want one-size-fits-all yoga. That’s the whole reason why you’re studying privately.
  • Make sure your instructor asks if you have specific goals like improve flexibility, reduce stress, better sleep, heal an injury, etc.
  • Ask your instructor if s/he provides any follow-up homework, if that is important to you.

If you’re looking for a private yoga instructor in your area and follow these steps and still can’t find someone, feel free to contact me. I’m happy to try and match you with a great teacher!

xoxo

Catherine

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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