Private Yoga

Would you take one of these?

I am starting to get asked by my students if I offer private yoga sessions.  When I got certified to teach two years ago, I did not have private work on my radar but am now intrigued at the idea of offering it. Would you do it?  Go to or teach a private Yoga?



While on vacation a few years ago in Mexico, I took a private yoga class from this guy:

Tony Sanchez is famous in the yoga world.  He can do this:

He pulled and yanked my limbs without mercy.  He was perfectly safe and ethical. I was a willing and encouraging subject.  The private was unplanned, I was the only person who showed up for a class at the Four Seasons.  I have no idea how I got so lucky.  The experience was so profound, I came back to my little villa and told my husband my life was forever changed.  I was right. 

The Dali Lama says we should be the change we want to see in the world.  If I could somehow be a part of that process, I would be so honored and humbled and happy.  Whereas I would never leave teaching in a group environment, I love that setting so much, maybe I should move in this direction. 

What do you think of private yoga instruction vs. group work?

6 thoughts on “Private Yoga

  1. Listen to your students. They’re telling you there is a market for such a thing. My preference is to hide in the group setting but I’m sure there are many folks who don’t take classes of all sorts because they don’t want to look weird or be embarrassed in front of other people. Go for it.

  2. I second Amy. The expensive swimming lesson place I took my son to begins with private lessons with the goal of working up to a group lesson. Maybe you could offer it both ways – if a person wants to learn privately until they feel they are group-competent or learn privately because they want a customized session (or they simply prefer to learn that way.) If there is demand and you have interest, it’s perfect.

  3. As you know I just finished private pilates sessions. I think if you are just getting started and want to know proper form and technique, this is the way to go. That said, it is expensive. But, if you plan on making yoga a part of your life for a very long time it is well worth the investment. I agree with Amy – there is a market for this and you should swipe it up. You would be amazing!

  4. Just this past Monday I had my first ever private yoga session. I bought it for myself as part of a holiday special my studio was running. I have been practicing for a little less than a year, so I am still a baby, and I will admit to being very nervous going into the lesson. I wanted to spend the lesson checking my alignment and making sure I had the fundamentals and a solid base. In the course of the lesson my beautiful teacher showed me double pigeon. This isn’t a pose she generally uses in the basics class, so I had never done it before. As a runner, this pose has been a game changer for me.

    All that to say, if people are asking, then perhaps you should try it. I certainly got something wonderful out of a private session that I might no otherwise have found. You might find something wonderful in teaching private lessons that you would not have found otherwise.

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