Start Your Lessons

Take the First Step

E-mail me with a little bit about why you want to start lessons. Is there something specific you’d like to address? Or do you just want to see what yoga / learning how to move well / self-observation can do for you?

I’ll respond within a day or two –if you don’t hear from me within 48-hours, please reach out again! Sometimes email tech is a little wonky.

From there, we’ll set up a complimentary assessment. Bring your questions! This conversation gives you a chance to meet me without committing to anything. I use the time to assess your needs and determine whether or not I’m the right teacher for you.

Beyond the First Step

We made it to the other side of our first meeting and set you up for your first series of lessons, now what?

The Lessons

If you’re in NYC, your lessons will take place near Union Square or in your own home.

If you’re somewhere other than NYC, we’ll set ourselves up for lessons via Skype. We’ll work out any technical challenges together, outside of your lesson time.

My strength lies in guiding you through a learning process, whether that’s learning how to move well, flow through yoga poses, or sit and be still.

The focus of our lessons will be tailored to you; we might establish that focus through the lens of a physical yoga practice, or a meditation practice, or even a rich philosophy discussion! Bring your interests, questions, and curiosities, and we’ll roll with it.

In the physical yoga practice, you’ll learn how to build strength and start to develop it where it’s most needed. You’ll learn how to release tension both during a session and throughout your day, so you can free yourself from daily physical discomfort.

What constitutes a yoga practice? Lots of things might be involved, including:

  • strength + alignment focused movement with attention on the breath – you’ll start to balance your joints and work through stress with movement + breath
  • gentle yoga – the focus on breath and comfort of movement is greater here; regain mobility and physical comfort with conditions such as arthritis, vertigo, fibromyalgia, back pain, shoulder tension, and others
  • breath awareness – you can restore balance in your body and mind through simple but transformative breathing practices
  • meditation – meditation is just awesome at “calming your brain” and nervous system (not technical terminology there!).
  • restorative yoga – this is deeply restful practice that requires no active movement.
  • prenatal yoga – the focus on YOU doesn’t go away when you’re pregnant, it just shifts a little 😉

You’re ready to really do this, right? So let’s do it right. After your free check-in, I’m going to ask you to continue with a trial period of 2-4 lessons. This gives us time to get a sense of how well we work together (learning is a dialogue!), and whether this is the right practice for you to commit to right now.

If it doesn’t work out, I’ll do my best to recommend a different teacher or a different direction that I think might work better for you.

If it’s going well after a few sessions, well, then we’re gonna roll up our sleeves and commit! I recommend sticking with regular lessons for at least a year to see what the practice can do.

I want to be clear that I’m asking you to make an up-front financial commitment to me, but rather a commitment to yourself to put the sessions in your calendar and stick with the process, because there will be “ups” and “downs.” (Well…, it is yoga, so “downs” might be days when it leaves you feeling just OK, instead of brilliant and amazing. The latter is far more common.) Having promised this time to yourself, you’ll be able to relax and just let the learning unfold however it unfolds.

Between Lessons

Depending on your objectives and learning style, there may be homework or something to keep in mind between sessions. Don’t worry. It’ll always be something you want to do.

How’s The Yoga Working?

Ever so often, we’ll check in with your objectives (which might be very broad, that’s ok). This can help you stay engaged with your learning or recognize any shifts that have moved you towards a new objective.

What Do I Need to Start

You, just as you are (and maybe a yoga mat); you do NOT need to be flexible, strong, fearless, or “right” for this work. Happily, the practice meets you where you are –even if you’re not quite there yet yourself.

What Are The Costs?

Please email me to discuss costs. My fees are set based on multiple factors, including session frequency, duration, and location.

Move well, live well
A Yoga + Movement Course on the Self

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That’s me, Esther

I teach yoga and champion individuality by teaching you what’s under the hood (thank you, yoga AND science!). Together, we sort through what we can know, what we can’t, and how to work with both. There might be mention of superheroes. And science!


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