While there are endless benefits to practising yoga and aerial, getting these benefits requires correct technique which can be delivered through personalised guidance in the form of one on one yoga or aerial sessions.
What is one on one yoga/aerial?
If you join a gym and aren’t too sure what you’re doing, you hire a personal trainer. This helps to keep you safe, goal oriented and progressing. It’s the same for yoga or aerial. To be put simply, one on one yoga is like personal training, minus being yelled at or being made to feel like you’re going to pass out or vomit from over exertion. In a one on one yoga session, you’re the focus of the teacher. The teacher and you will discuss your goals and format a plan to get you there, in a nice yoga way.
One on one yoga – the origin of yoga
Traditionally, yoga teachings were passed down from teacher onto students in small, intimate groups, quite often in a mentor set up. This allowed for intricate technique to be developed. Nowadays, group classes allow for mass groups of people to participate all at once, but removes the personalised attention.
Development for beginners and advanced
Being a beginner in a group yoga or aerial yoga class can be quite daunting, especially when surrounded by seemingly experienced others. Sometimes essential verbal cues from the teacher can be missed or misunderstood, and so trying to copy what the person next to you is doing seems like the next best thing. In this instance, looks can be deceiving. The person next to you might be fully engaging certain muscles unbeknownst to the untrained eye of an outsider. They may be working with an injury, or just straight out doing it wrong…by once copying someone’s incorrect form themselves! As a beginner, it is so very crucial to build a correct foundation so that the subsequent levels are laid correctly. This too is pertinent for the other end of the spectrum. As an advanced student, you’re similar to a beginner student, in that you’re learning new poses for the first time.
In a fitness class you’re able to gain some strength and fitness by following the instructor’s cues, similar to that of a group yoga class. Like a fitness class, if you’re not too sure of specific technique, it can be hard to obtain personalised assistance during the class from the teacher. The teacher will do their best to help everyone they can, but unless the 60-minute class was extended to become a 4-hour class, it’s near impossible. In a one on one session, the teacher is able to analyse your technique and provide specific guidance on how to improve it. From there, you’re able to continue your practice in a group setting with correct technique and form.
Personalised practice for injuries
When injured, a common belief is to reduce or stop physical activity. While for many instances this can be the safest option, yoga is actually a physical exercise that can offer rehabilitative and restorative qualities. Under the guidance of a teacher in a personalised session, the content is tailored to suit your needs. This could be rehabilitating an existing injury, or improving technique to prevent future injuries.
One on One and Duos
Personalised classes at Bend + Fly are available as one on one or duo sessions. While the most obvious difference between them is quantity of participants, this does not alter quality. Some people are more comfortable in small group settings versus a one on one set up, and vice versa. While a one on one session will obviously mean the whole focus is on the one individual, a duo session just means the time is shared with the others. Duos are suited to pairs of people with similar goals, which might be honing the skills of advanced yogis or yoginis. Whereas a one on one is more suited to individuals with quite unique needs, like rehabilitating an injury.
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