What are the benefits of one-on-one yoga and/or meditation sessions?
* full instructor attention increases safety
* personalized to meet you where you’re presently at & tailored to your goals
* instant feedback for instant modification
* 2-way dialog addresses questions & concerns
The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my advanced training at the YogaLife Institute, not derived from my status as an RYT with Yoga Alliance.
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Why would someone choose one-on-one instead of a group class?
After an initial consultation and in light of on-going feedback & dialog, private sessions are customized and modified to meet the specific & evolving needs of the client. Consequently, one-on-one sessions are more expensive than group classes. The reasons why individuals might nonetheless choose private sessions are as varied as the individuals themselves. So I'll start with one personal anecdote that is the reason I have such a strong desire to offer private sessions.
A former colleague retired and started to come to my class. In this "all-levels" class I aim for intermediate-level but give detailed instructions leading into and out of every pose and build from the ground up from first an easier, modified level and then offer modifications to "dial up" the challenge if participants wish and are ready for it. I was sad to see my colleague struggled tremendously with not only the easier level of postures, but even to get down to the mat and up. We spoke after class, and I reiterated the importance of not pushing beyond her ability and also went over some alternate postures for those for which even the dialed-down version might present too great a challenge and even some risk for her at this time. I even encouraged her to find a chair-yoga class, which I did not at the time offer, so that -- even though I would miss her -- it would be safer and likely also more enjoyable for her. To my surprise, she continued to come to my class even though she did opt out of many poses, saying she really enjoyed the atmosphere and sense of community.
Then she said something I will never forget and that, frankly, broke my heart. She said, "I couldn't wait to retire to have the time to do all the things I wanted to do. Then when I did retire, I found out I couldn't move well enough to do them." Wow. I knew right then and there that that had to change -- for her and for the many others like her. In response, I began offering one-on-one individualized sessions.
I have experience working with individuals with:
* stiffness & weakness due to a sedentary career
* stiffness & weakness after hip & knee replacement
* stiffness & weakness following accidents
* frozen shoulder
* depression & anxiety and panic disorder
* type A personality & high job stress
* sleep apnea & hypertension
* recurring severe headaches & migraines
* mild stroke
* weakness & low energy following cancer remission
* low-self confidence & self esteem
* changing sense of identity, self-esteem & energy following gastric bypass
* grief following loss of a loved-one
* arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid & psoriatic), fibromyalgia, COPD, and more...
And many studies (see article & links therein) have concluded that yoga can yield improvements in numerous other conditions and/or their symptoms as well including, but not limited to, back pain, insomnia, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and other heart disease, digestive diseases, side effects of cancer treatment, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's, addiction, PTSD, eating disorders, autism, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, sciatica, and others. And physicians and other healthcare providers are now beginning to recognize this and even prescribe yoga to their patients (see article #1 or #2).
One-on-one sessions with a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga instructor can be of benefit for (1) individuals who have difficulty doing yoga group classes - due perhaps to stiffness or limited range of motion and mobility or weakness due to age, weight, a long-term sedentary lifestyle, or recovery from major illness or for (2) individuals who avoid group classes because they are self-conscious, have self-esteem and confidence issues, are shy, or have had prior unpleasant experiences with moving their body, or for (3) individuals who wrestle with stress and anxiety. Private yoga is by no means a substitute for traditional medical care, physical therapy, chiropractic care, or counseling by the appropriate trained and licensed personnel. But it can be a helpful supplement or follow-up to such care to help get you back on the path to living life with physical and emotional vigor. I encourage you to ask your doctor or therapist their thoughts regarding the suitability of yoga and/or meditation for you.
"Sharon Kanfoush is a gifted teacher, and all of her strengths are evident in her role as a yoga instructor. She has a particular talent for seeking to discover where her students are and where they want to be. She seeks to help students find their own path and she guides them gently in the direction they want to take. Sharon is exceedingly patient. She is at once humble and confident. Her suggestions are consistently thoughtful and crafted to the student. She makes frequent references to her training and to her own practice, establishing empathy throughout the lesson." (a 65-year old client who had led a sedentary lifestyle)
“Stress was a big problem for me and was affecting my health in a negative way. My doctor recommended yoga and meditation. I always said I couldn't meditate, but after my first session with Sharon at Sharon Kanfoush Wellness, I was a believer. I'm handling stress better, sleeping better and feeling better overall. I highly recommend giving her classes a try." (a client with an anxiety disorder)
"I have given up sugar entirely since our last session. I think it may have been in response to the increased body awareness I have learned through our sessions, because I have just started to become really aware of how awful eating sugar makes me feel - achy, sluggish, depressed, and not able to think clearly. In less than a week, I am feeling better physically and mentally!" (a client who has had a lifelong struggle with obesity)
Arranging a session:
A free 20-minute face-to-face initial consultation, and 60-minute paid sessions, can be arranged by contacting me through the contact page within this website, by email at email@example.com, or by text or phone at (315) 982-7144.
One-on-One Session Cost is $65/hr or $250/5-session punch-card, or $400/10-session punch-card. Sessions and multi-session packages expire within 6 months of purchase. Gift certificates can be purchased that expire one year from date of purchase. VIRTUAL SESSIONS can also now be arranged.
Small Group Sessions (2-3 people) can also be arranged. Cost is that for one-on-one sessions plus $10/hr/extra person. There are many benefits to participating in small groups, the most valuable being when one or all participants would not otherwise come without the support of and sense of obligation to the other members of the group. One example is an elderly parent who would benefit from one-on-one individualized sessions but is too intimidated to participate alone and could therefore have the support of their child as a fellow participant. Or, in another example, adult sisters who both feel too busy to carve out time for self-care but could participate together to reinforce for one another the fundamental truth that taking care of themselves is the best way to thus be able to take care of others. Note: Group sessions larger than 3 people can be arranged.
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