Private Yoga Classes

Why Do a Private Yoga Class?

Students can come to Karuna for a private yoga lesson.  A private yoga lesson is for students who would like a specifically-tailored yoga sequence for their home practice.  These sessions are also for people who don’t feel ready, confident, or safe attending a yoga class because of a condition.

Our Method:

Private yoga targets a number of areas in the body by using a series of individualized postures chosen to address the imbalances in specific areas.  All of the postures are taught in a precise, methodical, and conscious manner.  The sequences focus to align the bones, joints, muscles, breath, and consciousness. As a student progresses in personal practice, he or she is progressively able to stay in poses with lightness and ease.  Maintaining the posture in a dynamic state allows positive physical and psychological changes to occur, which brings the student closer to peacefulness, equanimity and inner connection.

  1. We give specific instruction on how yoga can ease various ailments and stress and build strength in all of the systems of the body.
  2. We use props to adjust the poses for those people who are inflexible or unable to do the pose and also to facilitate more opening.
  3. We emphasize standing poses to develop strength, stability, and stamina.  If a student cannot do the standing poses, we modify with props, as for example, using chairs and the floor and the wall.
  4. The initial postures address the gross imbalances, and these postures are followed by more challenging poses to address the deeper and more subtle layers of challenge or injury.
  5. We work with opposing muscular actions and internal traction, which increase disc and joint space while strengthening the muscles.
  6. Each sequence increases the student’s understanding of how to work correctly.
  7. Each student is given a sequence to take home and practice. Once the student has worked on the sequence and experienced personal changes, the sequence will be modified to respond to the changes that are taking place.
  8. Each student is also introduced to passive postures which help to relieve pain. These postures enable the student to learn different actions necessary to maintain stability.

Reasons for a private session:

People come for a private session for many different  reasons:

  1. Before surgery
  2. After surgery
  3. Recovering from surgery
  4. Improving energy
  5. Injury (you may have tried many different modalities and are feeling frustrated because there hasn’t been much improvement)
  6. Back pain
  7. Scoliosis
  8. Sacroiliac joint pain
  9. Sciatica
  10. Neck and shoulder problems
  11. Knee problems
  12. Depression and anxiety
  13. Insomnia
  14. Headaches and migraines
  15. Hormonal challenges
  16. Fatigue
  17. Dietary challenges
  18. Gastrointestinal issues
  19. Body image
  20. Eating disorders
  21. Bulimia
  22. Anorexia
  23. Menstrual problems
  24. Menopause
  25. Biorhythms
  26. Muscle strain
  27. Strains and sprains
  28. Asthma
  29. Breathing irregularities
  30. High blood pressure
  31. Low blood pressure
  32. Strength and fitness
  33. There are many more!

Whatever your reason for coming to yoga, you will receive a guided and tailored sequence so you can take it home, do your own practice, and learn to work with connecting the body and mind.  You will have consistent check ins with the teacher and the sequence will be modified as you continue to see positive results and changes in your body.

Book a Session

Please call 413-584-5054 or email if you would like to schedule a private yoga class or lesson with one of the teachers below, we will respond shortly with our availability.  Please note that at least 24 hours’ notice is required to receive a full refund for a scheduled appointment. 

Paul Menard,


Jo Schneiderman - Yoga Instructor

Jo Schneiderman


Jamie Tancredi



Susan Yard Harris - Yoga Instructor

Susan Yard Harris