On-site Private Yoga Sessions take place in our beautiful studio in Amsterdam-De Pijp. Off-site Private Yoga sessions can be held at almost any quiet space at a home or an office or any location preferred by the student. It is important though that the room is warm so that your body can relax, and that you can not be interrupted. You do not need more space than your yoga-mat, and the possibility to extend your arms sideways and to the front. (Note during these times of corona, private sessions will be held in our studio to ensure the safety of the teacher and to make sure the hygiene standards are met according to our Studio Corona Protocol).
Yoga Mat and Props
When the session is held in our studio of course we have all the materials you need available in our studio. Should the session be off-site then YogaYatra can bring mats, blocks and belts to support your session. We do recommend though that you buy your own mat and necessary materials, to encourage your own practice outside these sessions and to start implementing Yoga in your daily life! (Note whilst the studio is open during corona, for hygiene reasons you have to bring your own mat & props to the studio - please follow our Studio Corona Protocol).
Physical Restrictions and Boundaries
- Alignment in the posture is important so that the opening and strengthening in your body occurs correctly. During the course of your Yoga session, the teacher will be touching your body to lengthen, deepen, encourage, relax, and hold poses. If you are uncomfortable with physical adjustments, please let the teacher know before the session, as all physical boundaries will be respected.
- Also, please inform the teacher before the session, of any injuries or conditions you are experiencing that might affect your practice, including pregnancy.
- In the session, do what you can do without overstraining or injuring yourself. Do not overpush yourself. Yoga is noncompetitive. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about Yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day.
- For women: inverted poses should not be practiced when having your monthly period.
What to Wear
Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga will move you, figuratively and literally. Your body will be moving up and down, back and forth, side to side and twisting around. Therefore, your clothes should allow for a wide range of motions with all of your limbs, as well as being comfortable on your skin. Women typically wear spandex pants or shorts and a sports bra or T-shirt. Men may also find comfort in spandex shorts or other athletic shorts with support. Tops and shirts that can handle sweat are helpful. Regardless, make sure your clothes are comfortable and not too restricting.
All Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. Please give yourself ample digestion time after eating, at least 1.5-2 hours, and also eat something light. On a full stomach, you may get cramps or nausea. Digesting food also makes you dull and lazy when you need energy for class.
It can be comfortable and useful to bring to the session a small bottle of water, a towel (to be used as a belt / a little roll to sit on replacing a block / to cover up your eyes in final relaxation or if you sweat a lot!), and something warm like a light shawl/blanket/sweater (to keep yourself warm during meditation, breathing exercises and during final relaxation).