The Art of the Application of Yoga within Personal Lessons

Who are Individual Yoga Lessons for Tuition or Therapy for?

Private lessons can be for anybody in any situation or life phase, though those with specific interests or needs 
will find the advantages of working individually more beneficial than group classes.

Furthermore certain situations may better suited to individual Yoga Lessons and require practices and advice customised and developed for home use within the privacy of a personal context.

Whether interested in learning Yoga as a: 

  • Personal Art
    – or ability to achieve something through intense physical and mental effort, for instance to cultivate and maintain a state of concentration or to develop the body and the breath through exploration and refinement of of a wide range of postures and breathing techniques.
  • Means of Self-Inquiry
    –  or meditative path both into and beyond what we view as the everyday self, its actions and its motives, this offers a space that can allow our actions or especially reactions to be less influenced by the more usual patternings within the mind.
  • Form of Therapy
    – or restorative support and preventative healthcare support, to help us work at changing or even anticipating the effects of problems and illness in our lives.

Meeting face to face individually can be beneficial with time to discuss your priorities in developing a practice appropriate to your lifestyle and short term and longer term requests.

“Like everything, Yoga must be presented intelligently. It should be spoken of carefully
and offered according to the aspiration, requirement and the culture of the individual.
This should be done in stages. 
Systematic application of Yoga – be it concerned with physical exercises, deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, food, studies – is the need of the day.
This I believe – is what the word viniyoga represents.”
– TKV Desikachar

Furthermore according to T Krishnamacharya Yoga for adults needs to be taught within a 121 collaborative relationship between teacher and student, as one might work with an Osteopath, or Medical Herbalist, or Homeopath, or Physiotherapist, or Psychotherapist, or Acupuncturist, or even Personal Coach.

This is still seen as the most realistic way to explore Yoga practice in terms of realising our potentials according to the individual and given the many variables between our personal stories and current situation.

What is the unique training in this approach to adapting Yoga according to the person?

The uniqueness of the Application of Yoga is in the ability of those trained as Practitioners, within a Professional Teacher Training Programme that includes an extensive 121 lesson process for their own development, to personally customise Yoga practice according to the individual and their situation.

The specialist Practitioner training in short term and long term personalising of our Yoga Practice and Study is in the many skills around respecting our unique differences in age, gender, mental aptitude, physical health, social lifestyle, occupation and interests, together with abilities in the ongoing mapping of the student’s developmental potentials according to their current situation and needs.

Care has been taken to preserve the spirit of this transmission which emphasises:

  • The Adaptation of all aspects of personal practice, to our starting point and future potentials, in the fields of:
    – Āsana or general postures
    – Mudrā or special postures
    – Prāṇāyāma or seated breathing
    – Dhyānam or seated meditation
    – Chanting or sound and voice work
  • The Integration of Yoga postures with slow meditative movement blended with profound breathing and mindful attention.
  • Our Yoga practice as a personalised process that moves from a short term practice adapted to our outer limitations towards a longer term practice that explores our inner potentials.
  • The individualised and progressively developmental priorities around the importance of the breath as a primary practice tool to influence our emotional, mental, energetic and physical states.
  • The integration of Lifestyle Skills according to an individuals constitution, living rhythms and dietary patterns to support and optimise our health, energy and psychological vitality potentials.
  • The value of an ongoing, personalised and collaborative 121 relationship between the Yoga teacher and the Yoga teachings and the Yoga student and their Yoga practice.

Yoga Lessons can be offered whether for Development, Support or Recovery

Thus whatever your situation 121 lessons mean Yoga can be customised to meet your needs as a:

  • Developmental Practice for Personal Pursuits of body, breath or mind, or
  • Constitutional Practice for Lifestyle Support in sustaining health, energy and vitality, or
  • Therapeutic Practice within Recovery from illness, disease or unhelpful lifestyle consequences

It also provides an opportunity to adapt, refine and develop your Yoga 
practice, firstly to respect your limitations and then to explore your potentials. Here time can be given to exploring your needs and develop a practice appropriate to your current lifestyle, interests and ongoing and changing commitments.

Yoga Lessons are uniquely Customisable and Developmental according to your Needs

In modern life Yoga practice can be applied both developmentally
 or therapeutically to enhance health, well being 
or life potential from many different directions, such as to support our efforts to:

  • Improve personal fitness levels
  • Enhance personal energy levels
  • Explore physical potentials
  • Access specific physical goals
  • Elevate attention and focus
  • Influence mental or emotional states
  • Address lifestyle issues, unhelpful living rhythms and dietary patterns
  • Reduce dependency on social 
and medical drugs or overeating
  • Learn to care for health issues such as 
back pain, arthritis, asthma, circulatory 
or digestive disorders

Utilising Yoga concepts it is possible, within a careful individual Yoga teaching, to introduce practices and lifestyle strategies that both respect our issues, problems or health, as well as supporting our intention to reduce their negative effects in the future, alongside cultivating positive alternatives.

Here the approach must be different for each person as our potential to practice Yoga will be affected by the problem, or the problem by our attitude towards working with it. However, practicing Yoga as for recovery, lifestyle support or for personal development also presumes that we are willing to accept responsibility for making and sustaining changes within our own situation.

“The patient must be his own doctor, must observe himself, use his own intelligence,
and find the right tools. Fundamentally, the solution is in the patient’s discernment.
No one can understand for the patient.”
– TKV Desikachar

Also according to Āyurveda or traditional Indian medicine those diseases that are chronic and cannot be cured by medicine alone can also be helped by using Yoga techniques. So Yoga can be used as a support alongside other forms of treatment.

A Personal Yoga Practice is designed for regular use at home

It can vary from a two or three times daily short 10-15 minute practice for Yoga as a therapy, 
to an hour or more single practice for students, depending on its role and how much time 
the Yoga student is prepared to make available. Typically it is around 25 minutes for beginners working with general postures.

This can expand to around an hour, according to personal interest, as we either develop our work with postures or embrace progressive facets of Yoga practice such as seated breathing or seated meditation.

“Whether or not I like it, I should know where I am.
Otherwise we try to draw the line from where we are not to where we want to be.”
– TKV Desikachar

The Yoga Teacher guides the student through the Yoga practice, carefully ensuring that 
it meets their needs and that they are comfortable with the structure and forms used. The frequency and overall span of personal Yoga lessons can vary according 
to the needs, concerns and requests of the Yoga student.

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