-- Erich Schiffmann
What style of yoga do you teach?
I've been teaching yoga for over 20 years. While I started out practicing and teaching a very traditional style of Hatha yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute, in the early 2000s I started practicing an alignment-based style of vinyasa flow yoga at OM Yoga Studio. While practicing and eventually teaching at OM Yoga, I also spent some time studying with Erich Schiffman... whose influence on my teaching continues to this day. It was from Erich that I learned to think of the breath as the wind through the instrument, how to run lines of energy through my arms, legs and spine, how to play the edge within the postures, and most importantly, how to listen deeply and be guided from within. My teaching has also been influenced by my studies in exercise science, functional anatomy, tai chi and Zen Buddhist meditation. I think of myself as a student on this path, and my own students as fellow practitioners that I've been entrusted to guide along the way.
What are some of the benefits of yoga?
A recent article on Healthline (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-benefits-of-yoga#section2) indicates thirteen, evidence-based benefits of yoga:
How are private sessions different from group classes?
In a group class, the teacher will usually have a specific sequence in mind that they plan to teach. While they might deviate slightly from the plan, more often than not they'll stick to the plan from start to finish. In a private session, the teacher might also have a plan but the plan revolves completely around you, based on your unique needs, goals and level of fitness. There may also be more opportunities to pause and ask questions, with less of an agenda to "get all the way through a sequence." There is more of an exchange between teacher and student. As time goes on it will become more clear what your strengths and weaknesses are so that we can hone in on developing the areas that need work.
In private yoga sessions, all of the instructors attention is on you so the pace, choice of postures and level of difficulty can more easily be adapted to your unique circumstances, fitness level and abilities
With one-on-one instruction, it's easier for the teacher to discern where your weaknesses, strengths and imbalances are so that postures and sequences can be chosen to more efficiently help you make progress
Unlike group classes, which happen at a set time and place each week, private instruction can be arranged to accommodate your busy schedule, and modifications can occasionally be made as needed when life gets in the way
If you don't already have yoga props at home, here are the ones that I recommend you get before our first session together:
I'm a big fan of the B-Mat Strong, as it provides excellent traction, stability and support. Comes in charcoal, deep blue, purple, ocean green, saffron and sunrise red.
Blocks come in different shapes, colors and sizes. I like to use two 4" cork blocks because they're wide enough and dense enough to offer greater stability and support.
A couple of dense blankets made specifically for yoga are great because they can be folded or rolled in a variety of ways to provide support in seated and supine yoga postures.
I offer virtual private yoga instruction in the comfort of your own home via Zoom or FaceTime. All you need is a good internet connection and either a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Prior to your first appointment, we'll set up a time to do a "tech run-through" so that I can help you position your device and yoga props so that we can see and hear each other. You'll be surprised how intimate it will feel... and I guarantee that even though I won't physically be in your space it will seem as though I am... guiding your every movement and breath and keeping an eye on your alignment throughout the session.
If you you live in upper Manhattan, Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood or Riverdale I can come directly to your home for private instruction.
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