Yoga is an expansive field with multiple avenues to test one’s performance, enhance the acquired skills and excel as a yoga teacher, there are no dearth of options at all. Out of all this, comes one of the most assured fields where one can gain experience, learn from their mistakes and increase their knowledge, which is private yoga class. Private yoga classes allow a seasoned as well as amateur teachers to come to terms with their weakens and strengths. With just a handful of people in front of you, the pressure lifts off considerably and you have enough room to experiment. The individualization of the work sets foot for higher learning and increased innovativeness both in methodology and commands. Also, a client’s safety and well-being can be ensured with ease, as the focus span is limited to one or a few.
Both a new as well as a beginner teacher can have a good learning experience from the classes, the scope of improvement always lies out in the open. With a greater job satisfaction from individual yoga teaching classes, comes a greater responsibility on the teacher’s shoulder as one to one discussion is available at all times. A better relationship with your student means they may consider you as a mentor or a guide to look upto. Therefore, we recommend a few points here, for you to take care with private classes.
Understand Your Interest
One of the important things is to really understand yourself before you take the plunge as a teacher. If you already are a teacher, we would recommend to understand from your past experiences and note down the kind of yoga you relate too and what will your ideal client be. This process will help you build a deeper understanding of your interests and come to terms with your weakness and dislikes as well. Take up personal training for people whose image and ideas and preferences resonate with your list. With this step, you can enhance your skills and devote your time more wholeheartedly towards your students. Also, one to one sessions will become more fun for you as well as your students. For example, you love running, and if you were teaching yoga to an athlete or someone preparing for a marathon, it would be a great experience for the two of you.
This is a comprehensive point. It covers prices, delivery and instructions. First of all, private classes will always come at a higher price because of the hard work required on the part of the teacher. Customization of methodology and instructions and formulating new sequences that will gel well with the client, requires extra moolah. Therefore, check with other professionals and charge professional prices. Next comes your delivery as a teacher. So it may happen that you might feel a little lethargic and carried away during the classes. The thought, ‘its just one client’ or ‘they are easy to sway’ might be distracting. Sticking to professionalism both in delivery and performance will add value to the classes for yourself and for the clients too.
One of the pressing issues private classes face today is the way the classes are conducted. More often than not, we are teaching the classes with intent of group classes. Ofcourse apart from individualized instructions, which is one of the mandatory processes there are a lot of other things that needs to be put into consideration when it comes to private classes. Out of which, evaluation is very important. With just one or two clients lined up in front of you, how are you assessing their performance? Ensure they are progressing in their sessions, which could come through by way of their movement, reach in a pose, and alignments in the pose. Add intermediate moves or remove modifications from their sequences when you feel they are ready. This will give a boost to them as practitioners and would also build higher trust in your services.
Once you have built a good repo with your students, you will become their idol and chances are they might approach you with their personal problems as well. In such a case scenario do not run from them, face their issues like a friend would help a friend in need. Sometimes, your motivating words can help the listener achieve their goals in life. Be a caretaker for that 60-90 minutes you are with them. Motivate them towards words like strength, peace, control, universal bliss, which might add another dimension in their lives. Be a problem solver in a time of need and more than a loving teacher you will become life coach to someone. Also, adding asanas to various problems in the lives of the students due to subsequent chakras can give them a boost and enhanced interest in yoga.
All these things might be small but small things add up to become something great. To achieve more, you will have to give more. This process of giving and receiving will have an impact not just on the student’s life but yours as well.