If you’re new to yoga or looking to deepen your practice, there’s no better option than taking private yoga classes.
As yoga becomes increasingly popular – it ranks number seven on the American College of Sports Medicine’s worldwide survey of fitness trends in 2018 – people are taking to yoga classes like fish to water. Whether or not they have injuries, or certain medical conditions, yoga is now the thing to do, thanks to the proliferation in studios and instructors, as well as awareness on various media platforms. Indeed, yoga does wonders for the mind, body and soul – and there’s no better proof than trying it out yourself. Before signing up for a group class, it’s worth considering private yoga sessions instead, for these benefits.
Private yoga classes are tailored to your needs
Whether you are a yoga newbie or a regular yogi, you’ll benefit from a private class that takes your personal well-being, injuries and medical history into account. Feeling especially tight in the lower back and hips? Your instructor can customise a session that focuses on relaxing and lengthening the muscles in those trouble areas. Got poor digestion and frequent constipation? You can be led through targeted poses that stimulate your digestive juices and encourage bowel movement. If you had a bad day at work, you are free to spend that yoga time meditating or doing stress-relieving poses guided by your instructor. For those with pre-existing medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, your instructor will advise you on certain poses to avoid, as well as the poses that will alleviate your symptoms.
Private yoga classes let you master the basics in a jiffy
To beginners, yoga may sound intimidating – the endless stretching and contorting yourself into various unknown poses in a room of strangers can be especially scary if you’re self-conscious. Not to mention, you’re expected to follow through a series of poses (asanas) led by the instructor, whether or not you’re familiar or comfortable with doing them. Of course, there’s always the option to voice out if a certain move doesn’t suit your fancy, but who ever does that? In a private yoga class, however, you’ll encounter little or none of that awkwardness. Being in a one-to-one setting means you get to express any feedback or concerns instantly. All the attention’s on you, in a good way. Your instructor will give real-time pointers on your breathing, posture and alignment, so you no longer have to wonder if you’re truly engaging your quads in warrior 2, or whether you’re folding from the hips in a standing forward bend. Expect to progress at full speed and hone the techniques in a fraction of the time you would spend at group yoga classes.
Private yoga classes are there at your convenience
One major advantage of a private class is obviously, the personalised schedule. Unlike group yoga classes that run on a pre-set schedule, you get to decide on the day and time to have your private yoga class. Instead of frantically zipping to a 6pm vinyasa class when you can only leave work at 5.45pm, book a 6.30pm private class that allows you sufficient time to change and perhaps grab a quick snack – without the frenzy. Got a specific hour to spare on busy weekends? Slot in a private class rather than declaring you’ve got no time for exercise.
Private yoga classes will take your practice to the next level
For those looking to learn more advanced postures like crow or headstand, private classes will get you there. Your instructor will be able to design a training plan that takes into account your current level, strengths and weaknesses, to help you gain the strength, balance and stamina required to achieve your goals. When doing challenging poses, you can also rest assured that there will always be a pair of eyes watching you to make sure you’re adopting the right form and engaging the necessary muscles to prevent falls or injuries – very important safety practices for the long term. Without the pressure from being watched or judged by other students, you will be emboldened to do more. In a group setting, the instructor often has to accommodate to different needs, and hardly has the time to spot-check on every student.
Private yoga classes will keep you on track
When you have a dedicated yoga teacher who guides you regularly, you will naturally feel a sense of accountability, and increased motivation. That means you’re less likely to skip a class (hurray to more active time!), and more likely to say yes to trying new poses. Like they say, you can only grow when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Where to go for private yoga in Singapore
Pure Yoga, one of Singapore’s leading yoga studios, offers private classes that cater to your needs and schedule. Check out the newest studio at #01-501 Suntec City North Atrium – it boasts a cosy and conducive room for private yoga classes. The room holds up to three students, so you can even ask your friends to join in for a meaningful bonding session.
For more information about private yoga and Pure Yoga Suntec City, register here or call 6100-8818.
Brought to you by Pure Yoga Singapore.