What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first session is all about getting to know the client and what their needs and expectations are. With clients I don't know, I start with the basics. From there, the body reveals to me what is out of balance and what we will need to focus on in our sessions.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BFA in dance with a minor in kinesiology. I have completed the highest level of yoga training with over 1200 hours of study with Yoga Alliance certified teachers. Currently, I am working on a masters in Movement Therapy and I am also training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My standard pricing for private lessons is $85 for a 60 minute session and $100 for a 90 minute session. I also have packages that give you a discount when you sign up for multiple sessions. For information on my pricing you can visit my website.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began teaching yoga over 10 years ago. I had a strong yoga practice of my own and I found myself coming to yoga in order to ease pains in my body, to calm my anxieties, and overall, for a more healthy relationship towards myself. Yoga became a key component to my health and happiness during difficult times in my life. It was such a powerful tool that I wanted to share it with others. This was back in 2006, when I did my first teacher training and I have been teaching ever since.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have experience working with private clients who have presented muscular issues, low back pain, shoulder injuries, hip injuries, disc herniation, anxiety, depression, breathing disorders, cancer, chronic headaches, neuromuscular disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic injury recovery, and a need for overall balance and wellness. I work with a variety of populations including athletes, seniors, artists, dancers, musicians, children.
My experience includes teaching at the Lemuel Shattock Hospital in Boston, Harvard Center for Wellness, MIT, the University of Minnesota, as well as yoga studios, gyms, and as a part of wellness programs for corporations. I was a researcher for Tufts University and the Boston Education Development Foundation to help start the Susan E. Tift Yoga in the schools program that now serves the Boston public schools.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am currently working on a yoga for trauma audio class in collaboration with a psychotherapist. We are creating a class tailored to the needs of people who have undergone some kind of emotional or physical trauma.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Trusting the practitioner is key. Look for someone with over 200 hours of training experience as a yoga teacher. The teacher should also have other experience using their body and teaching others about the body. It is very easy to get a 200 hour certificate to become a yoga teacher. Not all teachers who come out of training programs are qualified to teach yoga to special demographics and people with injuries. Look for someone who has at least three years of experience teaching various populations in various settings.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What are your goals?
How often would you like to meet?
How much time and money can you commit to this project?