“Yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person.”
“Yoga is intimate. Yoga is between two, the teacher and the student.”
– TKV Desikachar
These statements have been confirmed again and again the more I teach and observe in the yoga world. Can you get benefit from yoga by following a video or attending a group class? Absolutely, if you can find one that meets your abilities, goals, and schedule. But to get the most powerful benefits yoga has to offer you, finding a compassionate knowledgeable teacher to work with you one on one will prove more efficient and effective. Working with someone you trust, who listens to your goals and observes and understands your physical and emotional patterns is going to bring you those desired results more safely and in less time. Once you have developed a personal practice with your teacher, you can continue using the customized tools they have given you on your own, at home or wherever you happen to be, listening only to your own breath and inner cues to give your body and mind the balance, strength, stability, flexibility, inner-peace, and wisdom you desire at that moment. Plus, once you have confidence in your practice and in connecting with your inner wisdom, you can more safely experiment with and enjoy the social aspects and variety of public and online classes! If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Even 10 minutes a day will positively change your life.