Individual Alignment and Balance

Individual Alignment and Balance sessions are designed to make yoga accessible and beneficial for students who are dealing with an acute issue or a chronic condition contributing to physical discomfort. Starting from the soles of the feet, body alignment and mechanics are addressed using basic yoga poses and props. In the context of one-on-one sessions, we work together to create a safe, effective and personally tailored yoga practice to bring the body into greater alignment and balance. In addition, we offer individualized modifications to make regular yoga classes accessible when appropriate.

How are these sessions different from standard private yoga sessions?

These sessions are perfect for those students who have a known condition and who wish to practice yoga but have doubts about using general alignment cues in regular group classes or who feel they cannot safely participate in those classes. We tailor the session(s) to help bring the student out of discomfort while in yoga poses and to help bring awareness to structural imbalances that may be contributing to discomfort.

At the end of the session, a series of specific poses are assigned to the student to practice on their own at home. A subsequent session may be scheduled to review their “homework” and any changes that may have taken place. Often “homework” is modified or added to depending on the results of the week’s work. A series sessions is helpful to establish a routine.

Individual Alignment and Balance sessions are not a substitute for medical care or physical therapy. Instead, these sessions are appropriate for those individuals who have their doctor’s approval to begin or continue a yoga practice but who wish to take a targeted approach to make their practice as safe, effective and beneficial as possible in light of their physical condition.

Some conditions that can be addressed:
  • General back and neck issues
  • Herniations
  • Scoliosis (for more information on classes & privates for scoliosis see our Yoga for Scoliosis page)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sacrum instability/dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis (for more information on classes & privates for scoliosis see our Yoga for Bone Health) page
  • Knock-knees/bowed knees
  • Hyper-mobile joints