Alicia has been a certified yoga trainer for 14 years and, in 2015, received specialized training in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine. Alicia currently works with older adults over 60 in her private yoga practice. She believes that the breath work, flexibility, and balance learned on the yoga mat can be an invaluable tool in everyday life.
What to Expect During Yoga
Private Yoga Sessions enable Alicia to focus exclusively on you and your needs – what you hope to get out of yoga practice, your general fitness level, your degree of flexibility, and any previous injuries or health conditions that need to be accommodated.
Unlike in a group yoga class where you may anonymously struggle with a position, Alicia can alter a pose on the fly so that you get the maximum benefit without injury. She can adjust a workout to your needs that day, which may change from one session to the next.
One-on-one yoga sessions are truly the best way to experience yoga, especially for beginners.
“One element that was missing in my exercise routine was flexibility. With little expectation, I tried a session with Alicia…and I became hooked. To get started in, and to appreciate yoga, I am convinced that one-on-one sessions are vital. My flexibility, balance and core strength have improved dramatically, and Alicia makes certain that the mind, body and spirit aspects are addressed as well. She is a caring, nurturing teacher and my life is better because of the care she continues to provide.” –Randy T.
Before You Come For Your Session
Alicia offers private yoga sessions Tuesday – Saturday by appointment.
Wear comfortable clothes that you would wear to an exercise class. Yoga is done barefoot, so no shoes required.
Please bring your own mat if possible for sanitation purposes; there are mats to borrow if needed.
Please fill out the Yoga Release Statement and bring it to your first session, or arrive early for your first session in order to read and sign it.
1 Private Yoga Session $80
3 Private Yoga Sessions $200
6 Private Yoga Sessions $360
Private Yoga with Reiki Therapy $75
Improved Fitness – Strength AND Flexibility
Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities. Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, everything you do gets easier: walking, sitting and standing. You’ll also probably notice that day-to-day aches and pains start to disappear.
Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.
A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result. Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released.
Management of Chronic Conditions
Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
Why Private Yoga Sessions?
It’s Less Intimidating
A private session reduces or eliminates any level of intimidation associated with attending a group class for the first time. In one or two private sessions, you can prepare for what to expect in class and learn enough basics to make you feel comfortable.
We can design a practice to accommodate any injuries, health concerns, or other limitations you may have. Maybe you’ve put off attending your first yoga class because you’re concerned about re-injury. Working one-on-one with an instructor will give you the opportunity to learn valuable modifications and postures to avoid for when you are in class.
Tailored to Your Intentions
Do you have specific goals you are trying to achieve? If you are coming to yoga for a specific reason, whether physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional, we can offer some guidance on how to achieve those goals.
After working closely with you in one or more private lessons, we’ll be able to recommend appropriate group classes for you based on feedback during your private sessions.
Ready to get started? Schedule your session today!