Frequently Asked Questions About Private Sessions

How long is a session?

For our first in person meeting, sessions will be a little longer than normal so we have time to catch up, talk over your goals and assess where you're at. If we are only working on meditation, then our first session is 60 mins and each session afterwards is 45 mins. For yoga sessions (including or not including meditation), our first session is 75 mins and each session is 60 mins after that.


Where are sessions held?

I typically travel to your home, office or gym for a session. In select situations, I sometimes provide space in my aparment on the Upper East Side or I can rent a suitable space (for an additional fee) at a location of your choice.


Do I need to buy anything special for our session?

You don't need to buy anything specifically for our session. You may find a yoga mat useful, but it isn't neccessary. Depending on your needs, I may recommend the use of a chair, towel, pillows, blocks, resistance bands, etc. but we can discuss that once we've assessed your needs and goals. Typically, I use what we already have at our disposal and sometimes bring fun props for us to use together.


Do I need special clothing?

Not really. For a yoga class, just something loose and/or stretchy and comfortable. Just make sure it’s not see-through and that it covers the (ahem) necessary areas. For meditation, you can wear your normal clothes, as long as you’re comfortable sitting on the floor or in a chair.


How often do I need to do sessions with you?

The more frequent our sessions, the more likely and faster you are to see results. If you’re serious about getting out of pain, recovering from an injury or meeting your other goals, then I recommend we meet 2-3 times a week. I also get that work, travel and life can sometimes get in the way. If you’re the type of person that can commit to an at home practice on your own, then once a week may be sufficient.


Can I invite someone to join me in my session?

If you’re looking to meet a goal, then I would recommend we keep our sessions one-to-one. But I sometimes get situations where a client would rather use their time to bond with their partner or family member. In these situations, I can accommodate up to 2 people in private session. If you would like to book a session for more than 2 people, contact me about semi-private sessions at jesal@yogawallanyc.com.


Do you work with pregnant women?

Absolutely! Not only am I prenatal certified, I’m also on staff at Maha Mama, a program that offers prenatal and postnatal trainings, workshops and retreats. If you’re looking for resources on fertility, preparing your body for pregnancy, or supporting your self-care during and after pregnancy, I can point you in the right direction.


What is your background?

As an Indian American, my first experience with yoga was when I went to a Hindu camp as a kid. I remember thinking it was weird and that meditation was an impossible task where I had to “focus on nothing.” I didn’t really practice yoga again until after college. I started practicing regularly and wanted to know more so I did my first teacher training in India at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana near Bangalore.

That was the beginning of my teaching career over 10 years ago. Since then, I’ve completed over 800 hours of formal training, including areas like anatomy, biomechanics, injury awareness + prevention, kinesiology, meditation, prenatal yoga, Functional Range Conditioning®, and more.

In addition to teaching private yoga sessions, I’m a movement educator on staff for several yoga training programs, I mentor yoga teachers, and I volunteer with World Spine Care Yoga Project.


What are your hours?

I teach private sessions Tues-Thurs from 6am to 8:30pm, Fridays from 6am to 2pm and most Sundays from 10am to 6pm. If you have questions, you can always email me at jesal@yogawallanyc.com.


Are you CPR certified?

Yes, I keep my CPR certification up-to-date.