Private yoga classes are a wonderful way to explore yoga and meditation. Just as we all have different bodies, we have different needs and goals.
What works for one persons body (and may look amazing), likely won’t work for yours and may even be harmful. The shapes and lengths of our bones are different, and our flexibility changes from day to day. Small classes give the instructor more opportunity to provide greater support, but I know many of my clients have benefited from having at least one private session. Even I had to tweak much of my practice for my well-being, as I never had anyone show me correct poses when I started many many years ago. Little nuances can make a world of difference, to build greater strength or allow more flexibility in a safe manner.
My priorities when practicing (almost any sport & life!) are focusing on the core, alignment, and breath. If we aren’t breathing, chances are we aren’t doing much! Without proper alignment, be it in the body or our everyday actions, we aren’t going where we truly need to be. And lastly, the core brings us strength – it is part of our foundation that allows us to stretch, move, and grow!