WHAT IS A PRIVATE YOGA CLASS?
Individual or private yoga class – as it is popularly called, is the process that takes place between an teacher and a student. Such classes were created because each person has an individual story and our needs are different.
Individual or private yoga classes are fully consistent with the important yogic principles. The principle of work starts from the fact that a certain way of exercise can not benefit everyone equally, so different types of people are approached differently based on their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition. Traditionally, yoga has been passed down directly from teacher to student since the ancient teachers deeply understood the importance of individual approach, so that each student can develop in their own unique way.
Therefore, these individual lessons are thought of and run by combining the programs of Sattva Yoga and traditional Hatha Yoga.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PRIVATE YOGA CLASSES?
1. Positive effects of yoga are more visible, an individual progresses quickly and knowledge is directly transmitted. The student becomes aware of their possibilities and restrictions that they are working on.
2. The instructor focuses on the specific emotional, mental and physical problem (disability) of the individual.
3. Asanas are adapted and modified to suit the needs of the individual, everything takes place under the watchful eye of the instructor, so the risk of injury is practically nonexistent.
4. Adjustment to the time and space convenient for the student – which means that the individual lessons can take place in accordance with your free time in your home.
5. If the newcomers do not feel comfortable in a group, individual lessons are the perfect preparation for group work.
NOTE: Group work means working with small number of people. Also, you can create a group of people close to you to experience together the benefits of this kind of work.
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ABOUT SATTVA YOGA
Sattva Yoga is a holistic way of yoga. Sattva Yoga comes directly from India from the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh. It combines the practice of ancient yogis with the evolution of a modern man, and it offers a special, holistic approach where the individual sinks within itself in the conscious way, guided by intuition. Sattva practice brings the complete physical and spiritual health to each student. To feel most directly the benefits of sattva, the programs are designed by individual classes.
1. Hatha yoga (static, dynamic, and Vinyasa aspects) to rejuvenate the body, shape and stretch muscles, strengthen the bones, joints, spine, to increase metabolism, regulate the acute and chronic injuries and body weight
2. Kundalini yoga – Shakti Yoga, which liberates and lifts Kundalini Energy (to raise our infinite potential).
3. Kriyas, which is a subtle energy yoga that represents “action” – working with electricity in the body at the cellular level where we process our energy layer through the breath and specific body movements, the blood is purified from carbon dioxide and collecting venous (stale) blood, which prevents or reduces tissue deterioration, restores the brain and spinal cord centers.
4. Laya yoga – this is the “flow” aspect of yogic practices in Sattva, serves to connect the asanas, and kriyas it unites the harmony within us through the free movement. The term ,, Laya ” means a celebration of the heart center.
5. Nada yoga – here, the sound is used, with vibration healing the deeper layers of the mind, bringing us to the subtle emotional state of removing blockages in the energy centers, recognizing our unique internal sound of the soul.
6. Dance of free movements activates the power of self – healing and creative expression through specific music. The body moves at their own pace without any plan and introduces unknown by putting yourself into a state of self-healing psyche
7. Pranayama – ancient breathing techniques that have a profound impact on physical, mental and spiritual level where we see how the breath affects us and how we influence the breath. Breathing techniques that increase lung capacity, improve digestion, vitality, memory and immune system, remove toxins from the body, protect internal organs and cells from degradation, removing both acute and chronic stress, neutralize lactic acid (which causes sluggishness and fatigue), regenerate the skin, increase the intake of prana (universal life force) in our body.
8. Meditation – includes a variety of techniques: silence and observing the breath, meditation and guided meditation with mantras and meditation kriyas. These techniques awaken intuition, increase memory, concentration, sense of self-awareness, compassion, inner peace and harmony, remove deep stress, alter the structure of the brain, balance the nervous system and the heart rate and normalize hormonal system.
9. Sattva puts the emphasis on Bhakti yoga, yoga of connection and deep devotion that teaches us how to live that connection through the experience of love.
10. Gyana Yoga, which means the unconditioned mind, transcendenting all dogma and dogmatic teachings and restrictions created by keeping us in ego identification. Within Gyana Yoga the ancient texts of yoga are taught, but also modern quantum physics discoveries that confirm the correlation with the yogic teachings.
11. Karma Yoga – yoga of service for the sake of service, without any expectations, as yoga without the service is not yoga at all, and through it we learn how to be committed to serving in order to influence the world around us.
More about Sattva Yoga school: www.sattvayogaacademy.com, www.sattvaconnect.com
ABOUT HATHA YOGA
The practice of yoga is both the art and science which allow the union of man with his body, mind and spirit, thus bringing him into dynamic harmony and inner serenity. It is traditionally regarded as a spiritual discipline that leads to self-realization, and in the West the practice of Hatha yoga leans most towards preventive, therapeutic values and the stress-relief purposes. The Sanskrit word “Hatha” consists of two bija mantra (basic seed or sounds) HA (Moon) and THA (Sun). They represent the two forces of the universe, positive and negative, which are manifested in a man as IDA NADI (mental energy) and as Pingali NADI (pranic energy) which are located in the spinal cord. Bija mantra THA represents the flow of the solar Pingala Nadi, a bija mantra HA represents the lunar current Ida Nadi. The aim of Hatha Yoga is to balance or to establish perfect harmony between these two forces, and then the prana (life force) begins to flow in its most perfect form in the Sushumna Nadi (energy channels in the spinal cord). In this way, the consciousness expands and people can make the first steps toward spiritual enlightenment.
According to ancient texts of yoga “Gheranda Samhita ‘, there are seven steps through which each Yoga practitioner needs to pass in order to eventually attain self-realization.
1. The purification of the body with Hatha Yoga (Shodhanam)
2. Stability of mind and body using Asana (dridhata)
3. Peace of body and mind through Mudra and Bandha (sthairyam)
4. Patience and persistence using Pratyahara, the withdrawal of the senses from external objects (dhairyam)
5 . The lightness of the body by using Pranayama (laghawam)
6. Direct perception of the object of meditation through concentration and meditation (dhyana and dharana)
7. Non-attachment to senses through the union with the self (samadhi)
For the body to continue to develop on this noble path, the ancient yogis have developed six methods for the purification or so-called Shatkarma: Neti (nasal cleansing) Dhauti (cleaning of all channels for feeding), Nauli (massaging and strengthening the abdominal organs), Basti (flushing the colon), Kapalbhati (technique for the purification of the front part of the brain), Trataka (staring at a particular object to develop concentration and awake psychic powers).
“Hatha Yoga deals with the establishment of harmony between inner consciousness and its expression in external relations, inactivity with activity. Hatha Yoga balances the different levels of being. It is therefore an elevated road that performs multiple influences, and at much higher levels than it is usually attributed. “-Swami Saraswati Satyananda-
The benefits of Hatha yoga are as follows:
1. Maintains health of the body – strengthens your whole body inside, regulates body weight by improving the metabolism and the immune system. Deep breathing provides good oxygenation of blood and therefore rigid mental clarity and emotional calmness.
2. Stress release – reduces symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, depression and asthma because it directly affects cortisol (stress hormone) so it reduces it, thereby increasing better memory and brain function. 3. The flow of pranic energy or life force – breathing techniques (pranayama) and yoga asanas enhance this life force at all levels, enhancing vitality with rejuvenation effect.
4. Develops pliability of the body and better posture- muscles become more flexible, the flexibility of the body increases, reduces pain in the joints and bones.
5. Develops the strength – healthy muscles give strength and stability, allowing us to move freely (especially in old age). By strengthening the muscles, we influence and prevent the occurrence of arthritis. Yoga asanas activate every muscle in the body.
6. It helps with blood circulation – increases oxygenation of cells, leading to improved cardiovascular fitness, feeling of freshness and stability.
7. Develops Focus (sense of the present moment) – we are more connected with ourselves and our environment, we feel united with nature and the universe.
More about Hatha Yoga school: www.vidyayoga.net