Updates for 2024
PLEASE NOTE The Rutherford Location is Closed.
You can book a workshop, teacher training, or Private by Calling 973-980-4367
Felise Berman (Shivadasi)
Founding Director of Shiva Shanti Yoga School
Benefits of Private Yoga Lessons:
Although yoga classes have grown in popularity over the years, some individuals may find that private lessons are more appealing. Unlike basic classes, private lessons are a one-on-one experience with an instructor. Private lessons can bring about improvements to one’s mental and physical health and help one achieve personal yoga goals.
Gaining Initial Experience:
Beginning yoga students can feel overwhelmed in typical class settings, particularly during the first few classes. It can seem difficult to keep up and personal flexibility might require a little work before it becomes easier to get into different poses. A private yoga session shows each move personally and can help improve form immediately, which makes it easier to get started.
Focusing on Personal Goals:
Private yoga lessons also offer students the ability to focus on personal interests, concerns, or goals. Instead of following along with the yoga instructor in a class setting, a private lesson allows an individual to set specific goals and plans, such as personal goals for flexibility, strength, or meditation.
An instructor teaching in a private setting takes the information about the yoga practitioner’s goals and creates a personalized routine based on the information.
Creating a Personalized Schedule:
Although the experience itself and goal planning are important, making the time to practice is a vital element of yoga. If it’s not possible to get to a class, then joining a class is not the best choice. In such an instance, a private lesson can accommodate even the most hectic of schedules.
Private lessons work around personal plans and scheduling conflicts. Taking lessons at any time of the day or night, depending on work and/or social obligations, allows more flexibility in one’s yoga practice.
Overcoming Health Concerns:
Injuries and health concerns can make a normal yoga class impractical for some participants. A yoga instructor teaching several students at one time cannot focus on individual needs or ensure that the poses will not further injure or strain a particular person. Furthermore, health concerns like pregnancy, diabetes or heart disease may require special alterations to one’s yoga practice.
When health concerns are a potential issue, it is best to have a private yoga lesson. The instructor can work around the problem and avoid further complications.
Developing a Plan for Personal Home Yoga:
Practicing yoga at home is not recommended until after working with a professional because home practice without any initial instruction can lead to accidental injuries.
A private yoga lesson makes it possible to create a plan that is appropriate for practicing in the home at a future date.
Working on In-Depth Practice:
Although beginners can benefit from private lessons to gain confidence and learn safe practices, private lessons also are beneficial for advanced practitioners. Private instruction can allow one to take their yoga practice to the next level. Advanced classes, in a group setting, might not offer the level of challenge and planning that is required for more advanced practitioners.
It is beneficial to work with a private yoga instructor. In many cases, it will result in better skills, a greater level of confidence, and fewer complications. Likewise, private yoga lessons may be the right approach to getting started or taking one’s yoga practice to the next level. If students have a group of 10 or more, I will travel to teach classes and workshops and a 200 Hour Teacher Training Course.
I am available for corporate groups.
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May all beings be Happy and Free!
Founding Director of Shiva Shanti Yoga School.
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Shiva Shanti Yoga School provides an Educational Center for Yogic Studies and Spiritual Growth. Shiva Shanti Yoga is dedicated to teaching the sacred, study, art, science, and philosophy of Yoga, as taught in the ancient texts. We offer a variety of classes, from beginner to advanced. We are pleased to host inspirational and educational workshops that offer depth and insight. We bring highly skilled teachers and workshops that support your sojourn toward inner peace through Yoga, please join our sacred space and grow with us! Become a yoga teacher and change your life! Sign up for our Signature Teacher Training Program; Ask for an application TODAY.
At Shiva Shanti Yoga, we focus on the practice of asana with a flow (vinyasa), philosophy, deep breathing, restorative yoga, meditation, and mantra; to enhance one’s health and well-being. Classes are paced, and systematic, and provide a foundation for understanding the many branches of yoga. In our classes the duration that you are engaged in asana varies; heat can be generated from within when practicing a dynamic asana or a flowing sequence. In some classes you may be encouraged to relax in a pose or dynamically embrace a pose for an extended period, always our classes are created to flow intelligently. Each class begins by chanting the eternal sound of OM, followed by a dharma talk, a brief physical warm-up, sun salutations, infused with music, anatomy integration, structural alignment, flexibility, range of motion, and graceful transitions. You will be taught how to use props and be guided in a safe and thoughtful asana class.
Classes include standing poses, backbends, forward bends, hip openers, twisting, inversions, Shavasana, meditation, and mantra. Our classes are designed to join the mind, body, and spirit. The temperature is balanced for safety and never overheated. All Shiva Shanti Yoga Teachers are interested in the deep historical and philosophical study of the ancient practice of yoga. We invite and encourage people of every background, shape, size, gender, and color to join us. Shiva means transformation (by dissolving our old ways of thinking and being), and Shanti means peace, we happily promote unity and peace among all beings. Shiva Shanti Yoga is committed to providing an atmosphere where the ancient texts of yoga can be taught, understood, and explored, while in a safe and compassionate environment. “I believe your practice must be thoughtful, joyful, devotional, graceful, calming, challenging, enlightening, and steady.”