Private Sessions

Individualized sessions develop the most therapeutic, invigorating, and transformational sequences for your body and mind.

To schedule sessions, email or call 513-255-0166.

Your sessions are planned specifically so that you progress in your movement according to what you already love, and enjoy, and intend—as well as what you need. I adapt what we do to how you feel and the conditions you’re dealing with day to day, as we navigate toward your longer-term goals and intentions. We can meet in person at your home, office, outdoors, or we can meet virtually on Zoom.

Rates and Scheduling
A single session can be scheduled as a one-hour meeting, with a follow-up of written notes, along with your choice of photos, short videos, or a practice schedule, to help you integrate and put into action what we've done together, for $120.

For a series of 5 or more sessions, scheduled in advance, the hourly rate is $90.

A travel fee applies for a round-trip total of more than 35 minutes. (Starts at $20 for 35 to 45 travel minutes, round-trip total. Call for info if you're looking for a special event.)

We can adapt your sessions for you and another person, or for a small private group. The hourly rate is the same no matter how many people. (The more people, the less individualized the session is for each person, given your different intentions and needs, but the camaraderie and relationship-building can be great, too.)

Individualized sessions can also help you discover the most effective short practices to do on your own. I support you with short videos, audio files, handwritten notes, emails, or texts, depending on which format works best for you.

Most of my clients have been working with me for years, progressing their movement and breath practices through childbirths and deliveries, promotions and retirements, minor injuries and surgeries, improved chronic conditions and reduced medications.

To get a feel for how I teach, check my YouTube channel for short sequences I’ve created for my students when they’re traveling or to practice between our sessions.

For reading, watching, and listening resources that can inspire your practice, read the article below on “Inquiries & Intentions.”

Inquiries & Intentions

When I first entered the Jivamukti Yoga School on Lafayette, I walked up a grey and dank emergency stairwell. I pushed, more than I expected to have to, to open a heavy metal door, emerging into a bustling, curvy front desk area. Upbeat music played. Rolled mats, slung over shoulders and sticking out of backpacks, bumped the back of my head. Mixed scents wafted from the crevasse of a boutique crammed with books and CDs and China Gel and Indu. After paying, I walked past a rack of cotton yoga rugs and unitards that spilled out of the skinny book alcove and was confronted with a small sign at just about at eye level. It was an old building, and I think the little sign was posted on a pillar.

It asked me, "Are you ready?"

This question bubbles up each time I practice. It reminds me to set an intention or an inquiry for those moments.

Who knows what can happen? So much already has. Already is. Happening. Right now.

If I want to clarify how I want my effort and awareness to contribute to what is happening, I can do so. At the same time, I can stay open to how others are—how things already are becoming.

To sustain a practice that is regular and intense, it helps to make that intention specific sometimes. This can take the form of a question formulated to help us observe what happens during practice. Or a quality to cultivate in our movement and stillness that day.

That day, I thought I was ready. I already took hatha and Ashtanga classes regularly upstate. I had recently had a chanting, breathing, and moving experience at a little Jivamukti annex studio uptown that gave me access to feelings that I hadn’t previously let myself feel much, if at all.
But the mass of bodies in the communal changing room was disorienting. Many of the students leaving class jockeyed for the two tiny showers. They dripped first with perspiration and then with water, while the rest chatted around me as they hung street clothes on hooks (no lockers, no cubbies) and changed (into whatever was worn to gyms or to dance classes, as not much clothing was yoga-specific in 1999). I was confused by the peppermint-scented, watery liquid coming from the small pumps at the sinks: Was it mouthwash or soap? (I may or may not have tasted it to decide. I soon came to love Dr. Bronner’s.)

I headed, barefoot and minty, down the narrow hall. On the studio door, another little sign counseled me that if I were arriving late, I would need to wait outside until the opening meditation ended and movement began. For once, I was not late.

As I walked in, the smells changed to Nag Champa and sweat—the good kind, clean and fresh when first emitted, and quite regularly scrubbed away and aired out, yet persistent. The wood floors got increasingly creaky as I walked across the wide room, or perhaps it just got quieter and I could hear more of what the floors said. The commercial busy-ness of the front desk and boutique dropped away. Suddenly, there was nothing to buy.

The small marks on the floor told me where to place a mat. It was warm and quiet, and most early arrivers sat cross-legged in silence. A few greeted each other, murmuring and hugging. Yoga was still a little weird, and Jivamukti was the weirdest—the studio walls were purple and blue and hand-ornamented. There was clearly not going to be air conditioning, and one wall featured a grotto of gurus, from Swami Nirmalananda to Bob Dylan to Glinda the Good Witch. Also, did I mention there would be chanting? And an initial talk from the teacher (which one childhood friend, upon taking her first class with Sharon a few months later, referred to afterward as "the homily").

The weirdness—which also felt familiar, like coming home—made me realize that I didn’t know what would happen. Was I ready?

This swirl of weird and familiar included so many components. There was an altar, an organ-sounding instrument, chant books, and a sermon, like church. There were simple and complex cues and choreography, like a dance class. Loud music and crowds, like a rock concert. Underneath us were creaky old hardwood planks, like a one-room country schoolhouse. The instructor reminded us that this wasn't merely a physical practice and had us sit still, like a meditation retreat. She also provided physical assists, some of which felt like they came from a demanding coach, others from a skilled masseuse, still others from a devoted mother. There was also some very specific breathing (which hatha and Ashtanga classes had primed me for mentally but had not made me experience so fully), which was like no place else I'd ever been.

It made me realize that I couldn’t know what would happen on my mat for that hour and thirty-five minutes. The possibilities were infinite.

Which then made me realize that I couldn’t know what would happen as I rolled up my mat and walked back into the other hours of life. The possibilities were infinite.

The shift, internally, could be tiny or massive.

Yoga isn’t weird, anymore, in most of America. And it’s blending and synthesizing and filtering so much in America that it’s not, maybe, useful to call it ‘yoga’ anymore. (Authenticity and purity don’t interest me. I just want us to communicate as clearly as we can about what we experience, acknowledging that our words and gestures are approximations even as we attempt to approach precision.) I wasn't completely blind, even back then, to the appropriation and the performance of it. And I don't want you to be, either, whether you're just starting this journey or have been on it for years. But I also don't want you to miss out on those moments that inspire us to ask important questions and formulate new intentions.

Sparks to Ignite Tapas (Fiery Self-Discipline)

That studio is closed now, but that first class was one of many sparks that lit my path of movement and breathing. There is inspiration for our inquiries and intentions all around us, in the most historic translations of texts, in strictly traced lineages of teachings, and in the most recent cultural syntheses in film, literature, and music.

To weird your movement and breathing, and find the familiar in it, too, I offer you a list of some of the many works that have lit things up for me.

Are you ready?

Some Modern Fiction and Nonfiction with Yogic, Buddhist, Tantric, and Vedantic Themes

Tenth of December (short stories), The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (children’s book), The Braindead Megaphone (nonfiction articles), and Congratulations, By the Way (commencement speech), by George Saunders

Oblivion (short stories definitely start with "Good Old Neon"), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (more short stories, linked), Consider the Lobster (nonfiction articles), and This Is Water (commencement speech), by David Foster Wallace

The Razor's Edge, by Somerset Maugham (novel)

The Island, by Aldous Huxley (novel)

Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger (novel)

Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (novel)

Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg (novel)

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (novel)

Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene (nonfiction physics)

The Order of Time, by Carlo Rovelli (nonfiction physics)

I Heart Huckabees, directed by David O Russell (film)

Some Words about Philosophy and Meditation Practices (Mostly Eastern, Some Western)

A Path with Heart, by Jack Kornfield (Buddhism, meditation practices)

The Mirror of Yoga, by Richard Freeman (yoga, ethics, metaphysics)

A Life Worth Breathing, by Max Strom (yoga, breath, ethics)

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (and other books), by Mark Epstein (psychotherapy and Buddhism)

Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth, by Michel Foucault (western philosophy)

Bodies That Matter, by Judith Butler (western philosophy)

Ecrits, by Jacques Lacan (western philosophy)

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, preferably the translation by Swami Muktibodhananda and the Bihar School of Yoga (hatha and tantra yoga practices—asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra, shatkarma)

Light on the Yoga Sutras, trans. by B.K.S. Iyengar (yoga, ethics)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, trans. by Sri Swami Satchidananda (yoga, Samkhya)

The Principal Upanishads, trans. by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (advaita Vedanta)

The Upanishads, trans. by Eknath Easwaran (advaita Vedanta)

Dhammapada, trans. by Glenn Wallis (Buddhism)

Buddhism Without Beliefs and Alone with Others: An Existential Approach to Buddhism, by Stephen Batchelor (Buddhism and western philosophy)

The Deeper Dimension of Yoga and Yoga: Technology of Ecstasy, by Georg Feuerstein (yoga and Tantra, mostly philosophy)

The Tree of Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar (yoga, ethics)

Words to Help You Understand Asana (Postures), Pranayama (Breath and Energy) and Related Practices

Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul, by Sharon Gannon and David Life

Yoga: Moving into Stillness, by Erich Schiffman

Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, by Gary Kraftsow

The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V. Desikachar Dynamic Yoga and Hatha Yoga, by Godfrey Devereux

Yoga for Healthy Backs, by Rachel Krentzman

Light on Yoga and Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, by B.K.S. Iyengar

Structural Yoga Therapy, by Mukunda Stiles

Taoist Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice, by Paul Grilley

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy and Ashtanga Yoga: The Intermediate Series, by Gregor Maehle

Pilates Mat, by Ellie Herman

Yoga as Therapy (plus all his great articles for Yoga International and yoga Journal), by Doug Keller

The Breathing Book, by Donna Farhi

Anatomy of Breathing, The Female Pelvis, No-Risk Abs, and No-Risk Pilates, by Blandine Calais-Germain

Pilates Anatomy, by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger

Words to Expand Our Understanding of Anatomy and Biomechanics

Anatomy of Movement and The Female Pelvis, by Blandine Calais-Germain

Whole Body Barefoot, Move Your DNA, Diastasis Recti, and Dynamic Aging, by Katy Bowman

Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book, by Kelly Solloway

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, by H. David Coulter

Scientific Keys, Vol. II: The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, by Ray Long, MD

Words to Help Us Eat in Ways That Are Good for Us and for Others

The Omnivore's Dilemma and Food Rules, by Michael Pollan

Healing with Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford

Diet for a New America, by John Robbins

Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser