Published on July 14th, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey0
Private Yoga Santa Monica
One of the best things about living on the Westside of Los Angeles is the AMAZING smorgasbord of yoga.
Did you know that we have WORLD-CLASS yoga teachers teaching at local Santa Monica studios every day?
The sheer number of amazing yoga teachers and yoga studios we have here is ASTOUNDING.
And one of the most fulfilling parts of my job is that after about 20 private yoga sessions, I get to send students of all abilities out into the rooms of these phenomenal teachers.
Recently I discovered my new favorite teacher, Jerome Mercier. How this man hasn’t shown up on my radar in the last 13 years is puzzling, but he’s kind of a low-profile sort of guy. No Facebook, no Instagram selfies. How refreshing.
Jerome’s class at Power Yoga East was suggested to me by my Pilates instructor, Natalie Rand, and I’m so glad I found it. Jerome is truly a teacher’s teacher. His cues are lean and minimalist, there is not an excessive amount of talking, and yet each asana is properly set up in terms of alignment, and difficult poses are taught in an accessible way. I can truly say that you won’t find another class where advanced asana is taught in such a safe, non-showy, non-competitive way. Jerome is simply, awesome.
Many of my younger clients really want to take public classes AND feel confident that they’re doing poses correctly so as to avoid injury.
As a private yoga instructor, I start slowly – introducing them first to the breath and then through a customized sequence that incorporates any specific areas they want to address.
I follow up each session, if desired, with names and pictures of postures.
After about 20 sessions, they have a repertoire of anywhere between 70-100 postures that they can draw from. Some even go on to develop their own personal practice, bolstered by weekly group classes.
It is incredibly rewarding to see my students progress each week. I especially like seeing the transformation between the first time I meet a client, and the occasional look of uncertainty on their face, to the end of the session, where I can see in their countenance how much they’ve benefited from our time together. I don’t really have words for how good this makes me feel.
If you’re at all interested in Private Yoga, feel free to contact me or peruse my website where I’ve written many articles about my passion for helping people and the wonders of this incredible practice.
Be well, think kind thoughts, and be nice to yourself.