June 7, 2020

Should I get private yoga classes near me or should I get online private classes?

It all depends on how much time you have available for private yoga classes, how much money you can invest, and the availability of your yoga teacher for in-studio or online sessions.

Getting private yoga classes near your house will take extra time to get to the studio, park your car, get changed, check in, take the lesson, change back to your regular clothes, and get back home. Even if a studio is just a few minutes walk from home, but it’s cold or rainy outside, these conditions may complicate things or even deter you from taking a lesson altogether. Most likely in-studio services will be more expensive, because you would be paying for using the studio (rent, cleaning fee, marketing, etc.)  On the upside, you will be doing yoga in a special environment created for it – “zen” atmosphere provided by soft lights or candles, incense burning, relaxing music, etc.  Even more importantly, you will be closely supervised and manually adjusted by the teacher. The fact that the teacher is present next to you will make you connect to the practice better by syncing your brain waves and breathing patterns. To sum up, private yoga classes in studio will take more resources for a high quality session.

Doing private yoga classes online will save you time and money, as you don’t have to travel to the studio. In terms of creating special yoga vibes, it’s totally up to you! I suggest you dedicate a separate quiet and cosy room for your yoga. Set things up the way you like it and it could be even better than a yoga studio! You can control temperature, lighting, and all the accessories. Of course, not everyone has a luxury of an entire room for their yoga practice, so maybe you could find some space within your bedroom or living room that you can allocate to yoga only. In my case, I have a section of a living room where I have a mat, my rolling tools, straps, blocks, my FeetUP trainer, and some light weights. This is my yoga “corner” and having that special place really helps me to zone out. My cat Ginger is definitely the most cosy component of my yoga space 🙂

On a downside of online private lessons is inability of your instructor to see your body all around, because they can only see one perspective at a time depending on where you place your camera. Make sure you have high speed internet otherwise it the video will have bad quality and your instructor won’t be able to see nuances of your asanas. As an alignment-based yoga teacher, I find it extremely important to see weight bearing parts of the body (feet in standing poses and hands in arm balances), so you have to make sure your teacher can see it through the screen. So there will be some technical difficulties and it might take longer to actually get the right angle of view for some poses. Also, the teacher won’t be able to manually adjusted you, so you will have to rely on their voice commands and their demonstrations solely. For some people, it is just enough for their practice, but others, especially beginners, in my opinion definitely need hands-on guidance. Human touch has healing properties undeniably, and it’s a component that many people find necessary in their yoga practice. Some people learn best from manual adjustments- they are called kinesthetic learners. They can loose concentration if there is little or no external stimulation or movement. So if you are one of those, online training is most likely not for you.

Last but not least, you have to consider the availability of the yoga instructor for either in studio or online sessions and the availability of the facility for your private practice. From personal experience, scheduling sessions in-studio is very tricky, because you have to book space in advance and coordinate with other instructors’ schedule and yoga studio hours of operation. On the other hand, online yoga classes are simple to schedule because it’s just between you and your yoga teacher.  It’s much easier to go online at an agreed time than to meet at a certain location at an agreed time. The ease of scheduling online sessions is definitely a big plus that many people don’t take into consideration until they face issues with the studio, traffic, unexpected child sickness, or whatnot.  Personally I am flexible with moving  my clients’ time slot around for online sessions, but the studio won’t be. They most likely will charge you cancellation fee if you are trying to move things around last minute. 

I hope this blog posts brings more clarity for you in understanding all the pros and cons of in-studio versus online private yoga sessions or personal training. I am currently available for online yoga lessons or personal training and would love to help you on your journey! I offer a free trial session, flexible payment plans, and I am here to answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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