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Yoga Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Catherine Tingey

Published on May 29th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey

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Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica

Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica

Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Catherine TingeyWHAT IS YOGA?

Did you know that modern hatha yoga, the physical practice that we think of when we think of yoga – offered on every corner in American cities – is only about 100 years old? Fascinating, isn’t it?

And did you know that it was primarily taught to young men as preparation for long hours of seated meditation?

Thankfully today, yoga has expanded to include EVERYONE, and a hybridity of styles, teaching methods and philosophies.

WHY DO YOGA?

The majority of my clients come to me with a specific goal. It could be a desire to improve overall flexibility, reduce back pain, heal from recent trauma (either physical or emotional) or even ‘because my doctor told me I should.’

WHAT TO EXPECT

It starts with a 90 minute assessment where I give you a brief introduction to yoga as a system, myself and my teaching philosophy, and some ground rules.

Then we move through a practice I’ve designed for you (based on the questionnaire you’ve filled out prior to our 1st session), and I note what is easy, what is difficult and what I would like to work with you on in the future.

Throughout the session you can ask any questions you might have, and I will be asking you (during the initial sessions), where you might be ‘feeling’ a certain movement or stretch.

Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Catherine TingeyGOING FORWARD

I recommend that my clients do some sort of yoga practice, even for 15 minutes, 3x a week. That can be with me, on their own, in a class or with a streaming video or DVD. Usually after 3-5 private sessions, clients feel comfortable with their growing repertoire of postures to begin a short home practice.

After each session, you will receive an email with pictures of each pose covered in the session. This visual aid can greatly help in developing your home practice.

My goal is always for my clients to become educated and independent of me. In this way, they can take their yoga off their mat and into the world, wherever they may be.

WHAT IF I’M NOT FLEXIBLE?

That is precisely the reason about 50% of my clients come to me. Modern life (driving, sitting, looking at phones) wreaks a bitter havoc on our bodies. It shortens hamstrings and hip flexors, and can contribute to back pain and even limit our ability to do simple things, like bend down and get up. Combine that with sports or activities like walking and running and you have a recipe for imbalance in the body.

In the yoga I teach, we are always striving for a balance between strength and flexibility.

In my own body, this has proved a life-long, challenging quest. Too much running or hiking or days at the gym and my flexibility is hindered. Too much yoga and my sacrum and hips become too open and unstable.

This elusive balance is what keeps me interested in learning a variety of new movement systems, not just yoga.

If you’re curious about learning yoga from a certified private yoga instructor, feel free to reach out to me. If I can’t help you, I can probably refer you to someone who can!

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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