Yoga Private Lessons in Alexandria

5.00 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)


One-on-one sessions allow us to craft the yoga flows and asanas to your unique goals and improve your weaknesses.  Build range of motion, balances, and dramatically improve recovery with our private yoga sessions.  We offer customized sessions based on Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Rocket, Iyengar, Yin, and Animal Flow.

Private Yoga Lessons Alexandria VA

Nutrition coaching is sold under our private training / personal training service.  When you sign up for personal training, you can use one or more sessions for personal training, private yoga, nutrition, private boxing, or mobility.

We build custom yoga flows based on your movement goal, intensity goal, appropriate difficulty, and yoga style.  Yoga Private Lessons in Alexandria features customizing flows based on your goals for doing yoga. We take you through a yoga assessment to help us determine what type of yoga is best for you. From there, we start to build you a custom yoga flow designed to build strength, mobility, and flexibility.

Yoga Private Lessons in Alexandria is different to different people.  We work with Powerlifters who need more hip mobility.  We teach CrossFitters how to master handstands.  We help seniors restore lost mobility.

Paul On “Why I Teach Private Yoga”

When I teach people how to do yoga I empower them.  Teaching yoga and seeing my clients improve is a tremendously rewarding experience.  I love getting down into the trenches with them and getting the burn that only yoga really can provide.  Teaching one-on-one allows me to customize each flow to the student creating a much better experience.  I can lead, cue, and modify each pose.  Move Better… Build Strength … and Just Feel Better with Yoga

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Yoga Private Lessons in Alexandria Styles

  • Yoga for Beginners and Tight People. Balanced Flows and Stretches.
  • Yoga Ashtanga. Vinyasa Flow with Standing Strength & Strength with Lots of Stretching.
  • Yoga Bikram. Intensity to Build Power & Balance. Highly Restorative for Injuries.
  • Yoga Hatha Earth Flow. Vinyasa Flows with Shoulder Openers, Heart Openers, Back Stretches, and Backbends.
  • Yoga Hatha Moon Flow. Vinyasa Flows for Hips, Abs, and Twists. Stretches for Calves, Quads, and Hamstrings.
  • Yoga Iyengar. A Slow, Balanced, and Deliberate Practice. Stretching and Lengthening Muscles, Improving Alignment, and Building Stabilizer Muscles for Balance.
  • Yoga Yin. Gentle, Deep, & Stretchy
  • Yoga Rocket Flow. Vinyasa Flow with challenging Standing Balance, Inversions, & Arm Balances.

Animal Flow in Alexandria

Animal Flow takes all of the challenges of Vinyasa yoga (flowing yoga) and builds new transitions to help you flow from one pose to another.  Animal Flow is a constantly moving practice that incorporates Animal Walks, Balance Postures, and Bodyweight Movements.   It’s fun, burns tons of calories, and you can do it anywhere.

New Yoga Students Always Start with a Yoga Assessment. We need to determine what Yoga Style (Ashtanga, Yin, Bikram, etc.) is best, and which positions we need focus on (heart openers, folds, etc.) The Yoga Assessment is it’s own workout, and it will be dynamically scaled to you.

Standing Head to Knee Bikram

We use this list of poses to assess what kind of yoga style and programming is best for you.  Our list of poses has easy poses to very challenging poses.  We select poses of appropriate difficulty for each of the eight main pose types.

  1. Standing Balance
  2. Heart Opener / Backbend
  3. Hip Openers
  4. Arm Balance
  5. Inversions
  6. Seated Pose
  7. Twist
  8. Fold

Naturally, we won’t select poses that you aren’t ready to try.


    1. Phalakasana – Plank
    2. Urdhva Hastasana – Standing Back Bend
    3. Uttanasana with Heel Lock – Forward Fold with Heel Lock
Yoga Beginner - Uttasana With Block - Forward Fold
Yoga Beginner – Uttasana With Block – Forward Fold
  1. Chaturanga Dandasana – Hover Pose
  2. Chandrasana – Crescent Pose
  3. Virabhadrasana A – Warrior I
  4. Vasisthasana – Side Plank

Sun Saluations

  1. 3X Surya Namaskara B – Sun Saluation B
  2. Balasana – Ball Pose
  3. 3X Surya Namaskara E – Sun Saluation E
  4. Uttihita Balasana – Child’s Pose

Standing Balance

  1. Virabhadrasana B – Warrior II
  2. Yoga Iyengar- Standing Bow Pose - Dancer - Natarajasana
    Yoga Iyengar- Standing Bow Pose – Dancer – Natarajasana
  3. Utthita Parsvakonasana Dwi Pada – Extended Side Angle Stretch
  4. Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana – Standing Split Pose
  5. Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon
  6. Virabhadrasana C – Warrior III
  7. Malasana – Garland Pose
  8. Utthita Trikonasana – Extended Triangle
  9. Parivrtta Trikonasana – Revolved Triangle
  10. Prasarita Padottanasana – Split Leg Fold
  11. Dandayamana Janushirasana – Standing Head to Knee
  12. Dandayamana Dhanurasana – Natarajasana – Dancer Pose
  13. Garudasana – Eagle Pose
  14. Utkata Konasana – Goddess Squat
  15. Uktanasana – Awkward Pose
  16. Parivrtta Uktanasana – Revolved Awkward
  17. Tall Toe Stand
Yoga Revolved HeadStand Pose
Yoga Revolved HeadStand Pose

Arm Balance & Inversions

  1. Salamba Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stance
  2. Bakasana – Crow
  3. Sirsasana – Headstand
  4. Vrksasana – Handstand

Seated Poses

    1. Dandasana – Staff Pose
    2. Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Bench
    3. Janu Sirsasana – One Leg Head to Knee
    4. Marichyasana A & C – Marchi’s Fold and Twist
    5. Salabhasana (Bikram) Locust Pose
  1. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Pose
  2. Supta Parivartanasana – Laying Revolved Twist
  3. Yoga Bikram - Rabbit Pose Sasangasana
    Yoga Bikram – Rabbit Pose Sasangasana
  4. Adho Mukha Mandukasana – Frog Pose
  5. Pavanamuktasana Pasasana – Wind Removing Pose
  6. Virasana – Hero Pose
  7. Upavistha Konasana – Seated Split Leg Folder
  8. Gomukhasana – Cow Face Pose


  1. Baddha Konasana – Cobbler’s Pose
  2. Viparita Karani – Wall Supported Shoulder Stance

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We care about your experience.  If your session is great, we want to know why you liked it.
Of course, should any session fail to meet your expectations, please fillout the following form to request a full or partial credit.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

The following terms and conditions apply to all packages.  Buying a training package of any type constitutes acceptance of the below Membership Policy.

1) Zero Tolerance Policy for Discrimination, Bullying, or Creating a Poisoned Workout Environment.

We accept no justification for ANY Discrimination, Bullying, or Creating a Poisoned Workout Environment.  Any member or employee found to be in violation of this policy IN OR OUT OF SAND AND STEEL FITNESS will have their membership canceled or employment status terminated.

It’s not OK… not now… not ever.

Discrimination: treating people differently, negatively, or adversely because of: race, color, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or physical or mental disability.

Bullying: attacking and diminishing another by subjecting a person to unjustified criticism and/or trivial fault-finding, humiliating the recipient (especially in front of others), and/or ignoring, overruling, isolating, and excluding the recipient.

Poisoned workout environment: is behavior that creates a hostile or offensive place to workout. Examples include sexual, racial or religious insults or jokes, or abusive treatment of a member or an employee.

2) COVID-19 Policies

Sand & Steel’s COVID-19 Mask Policy is as follows:

  • Members must wear masks at all times in the gym.  This applies to all fitness classes, open gym, barbell club, and personal training members. The mask must cover your mouth and nose.
  • You can briefly remove your mask to drink or to open your phone.
  • All personal items water bottles, phones, masks, etc. must be kept in cubbies.  You may not put them on the floor or on equipment.
  • You must maintain a social distance of ten feet from other members when you are working out.
  • You must maintain a social distance of six feet in the lobby.
  • Employees are required to wear masks when they are coaching or working with other staff.

Sand & Steel’s Complete COVID-19 and Face Mask Policies can be found here. The entire document is incorporated by reference in its entirety.

3) SSF COVID-19 Sick Policy

You may not train with any cold symptoms whatsoever, including but not limited to:

If you have had potential exposure to Covid-19 in the last 14 days;
Have a fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a sense of having a fever;
Have a new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have new shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have new chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have a new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have new muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise);
You may not train at Sand & Steel for 14 days from the first onset of any of the above symptoms.

4) Checking In

Checking in: you are required to check-in with your personal trainer, through the app, or online at our member connect portal. While coaches may remind you, it is ultimately your responsibility to check-in. If you do not check-in, the session will be counted as a no-show, even if you were in-fact present.  If you do not check-in, you will be assigned a no-show fee.

5) Booking Policy

A) Personal Training

  • Personal Training Sessions may be booked 6 hours to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Early Cancellation is 24 or more hours before your scheduled session. Early cancellations are done through the website or app. Early cancellations have no cancellation penalty.
  • Late cancellations will result in you losing your session unless it’s for an emergency.

B) Group Classes

  • Group Classes may be booked 2 hours to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Early Cancellation is 2 or more hours before your scheduled session. Early cancellations are done through the website or app. Early cancellations have no cancellation penalty.
  • Late cancellations will result in a late cancellation fee $5 unless it’s an emergency (within 2 hours of the scheduled time).
  • No Show: you will be charged $10 as a no-show fee for taking another member’s spot and not attending the session.

C) Open Gym

  • Open Gym may be booked 2 hours to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Early Cancellation is 2 or more hours before your scheduled session. Early cancellations are done through the website or app. Early cancellations have no cancellation penalty.
  • Late cancellations will result in a late cancellation fee $5 unless it’s an emergency (within 2 hours of the scheduled time).
  • No Show: you will be charged $10 as a no-show fee for taking another member’s spot and not attending the session.

6) Membership Cancellation Form & Policy

  • Cancellation fee is $100 if you cancel within 60 days of your enrollment date;
  • Cancellation Fee is $50 if you cancel within 120 days of your enrollment date;
  • Cancellation Fee is $0 if you cancel after 121 days of your enrollment date;

If you are upgrading or downgrading your membership, there is no cancellation fee.  Please use our Membership Upgrade Form to make changes.  Additionally, members are only charged this fee once — the first time they make an early membership cancellation.  So if you come back to Sand and Steel later, there will be no second cancellation fee.  To cancel your membership, please review our Membership Cancellation Policy and fill out the requisite cancellation form.

7) Late Cancellation Form & Policy

If you would need to cancel your reservation within the time window, please review our Late Cancellation Policy and fill out the requisite late cancellation form.

8) Late Reservation Form & Policy

If you would like to reserve within the time window, please review our Late Reservation Policy and fill out the requisite late cancellation form.

9) SSF Standard Sick Policy

Policies When You Are Sick: To protect all clients and trainers, we won’t train you if you have visible symptoms of being sick. It doesn’t matter whether you are contagious or not. Exception: you have symptoms and a Dr.’s note that says you are not contagious. It’s impossible to sterilize every surface you might touch. Because we have a responsibility to our other clients, we will turn you away if you come to the gym sick or display any symptoms of being sick. You might say, “I’m not sick… it’s just allergies.” If it’s just allergies, take some Claritin and you won’t have any symptoms. Symptoms = no workout.

10) Membership Autorenew

All memberships renew until you cancel your membership. There is no turning off or disabling autorenew. When you are ready to cancel, please fill out the membership cancellation form.

11) Early Membership Renewal

If your membership is limited to a certain number of sessions and you book more than that number of sessions, your membership will renew early to allow you to book that additional session.  For example, our Personal Training 8 membership is valid for 4 weeks.  If you book 9 personal training sessions inside the 4 week period, our billing software will renew your membership on the date of the 9th session.

12) No Rollovers or Time Extensions

Unused sessions do not rollover.  There are no time extensions for unused sessions.  Unused sessions expire automatically at the end of your membership term.   If you are not able to make it to the gym for an extended time period, you should consider placing your membership on hold

13) Hold Form & Policy

If you would like to put your membership on Hold, please review our Membership Hold Policy and fill out the requisite hold form.

14) Open Gym Rules

The Open Gym Rules available at apply to this agreement.  For everyone’s safety, you are required to follow these rules at all times.

15) Session Length

  • Personal Training is approximately 45 minutes long.
  • Group Classes are approximately 45 minutes long – you can only book one group class session per day.
  • Open Gym is 2 Hours long

16) Apps

  • Zen Planner: to book, cancel, and buy memberships
  • SugarWOD: to view and track workouts and personal records for personal training and group classes. For personal training, you’ll need to record each of your workouts.
  • Kisi: for entry into Sand and Steel Fitness
  • MyFitnessPal: for tracking food for nutrition coaching

17) Sneaker Policies

You’ll need a dedicated pair of sneakers for the gym.  We recommend Nobulls, Metcons, Nano, Innov8, Chucks, Yoga Socks, or similar.  Please make sure your shoes are clean when you enter the gym. This policy is designed to keep the gym clean, and your knees and ankles safe.

18) Personal Items

Do not leave any personal items in the gym after you leave.  Sand & Steel is not responsible for any items you leave in the gym.  Due to safety issues associated with COVID-19, Sand & Steel does not maintain a lost and found.  Items left in the gym after it closes will be discarded.

All Personal Items like Water Bottles, Keys, Phones, Masks, etc. must be kept in the cubbies in the gym.  Please see our social distancing article for more information.

19) Photography

Dawn and Paul, occasionally take photos and videos of clients in the gym. We use these photos for marketing and fostering an environment of positivity for all clients. We also share the photos with you during the session to make sure they like them. Photos that coaches take are uploaded to our smugmug account: We take care not to publish unflattering pictures, we’ll provide you a copy of the pictures, and make sure you look good to inspire others. If you don’t want your picture taken, just remind your coach during the session.

20) Cancellations of Memberships

Cancellation of Memberships: from time to time, Sand and Steel Fitness discontinues certain types of memberships.  Generally, we cancel membership based on changes in the economy and/or global member preferences.  We may, at our discretion, cancel your membership at any time.  If we cancel your membership, we will determine the value of the unused portion of your membership (by the remaining time in the month and/or number of sessions.)  We place the value of this unused portion into your account as an account credit.  Account credits do not expire, and they may be used to purchase any membership type.  You will be emailed with screenshots of your account so that you understand you are being adequately compensated for the unused portion of your account.

21) General Items

Merger Clause: I understand that this Agreement and the Informed Consent document are the final, complete and exclusive statement of the agreement between the Sand & Steel and the Client with respect to the transactions contemplated herein, and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements with respect to the subject matter hereof are merged herein.

Membership Updates: Sand & Steel reserves the right to update this membership FAQ from time to time.  Any major update to our membership policy will be distributed via newsletter and updated on this document.

4 reviews for Yoga Private Lessons in Alexandria

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda T.

    I cannot say enough great things about Sand & Steel Fitness! I came into the gym as a stressed out couch potato – between work stress and recovery from surgery, I was about as sedentary as they come. With the help of Paul and Dawn, I feel better every day!

    Paul was a rock star from day one, scaling every exercise to challenge me, and build my confidence and strength from workout to workout. And Dawn keeps me laughing as i steadily make progress.

    What I love is the constant support and encouragement. I love working with all of the coaches – they each have a slightly different style that keep workouts interesting, challenging and new.

    What I love more is the positive energy, encouragement and sense of purpose that all of the coaches have. I am a Sand & Steel super fan after 3 months. 20 lbs lost, self confidence found, and building strength and confidence every day! I turn 55 in 4 months, and it will be my best year ever with my Sand & Steel coaches at my side!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raj. M

    In addition to personal training sessions, I have also had nutritional counseling, yoga, and mobility sessions with Paul and have found them all to be integral to my weight-loss progress. I have been training at Sand & Steel Fitness for about three months and am quite pleased with the progress I have made. I have had training sessions with almost all of the trainers and have found them all to be fantastic-teaching proper form and holding you to it and adapting workouts to fit your capabilities and needs. Doing everything through Sand & Steel Fitness has been really beneficial-during my personal training sessions, we discovered that I had some flexibility and balance issues, and it was addressed through dedicated mobility sessions. This sort of synergy has been characteristic of my experience at Sand & Steel Fitness.

  3. 5 out of 5


    I first started at Sand & Steel in January after committing myself to getting healthier, and I am so happy I went with them. From the start, it was clear that Paul and Dawn cared about each individual client’s needs, ensuring they felt their goals were identified and structuring the training plan to meet those goals. As a person with certain health limitations, they were very understanding and encouraging, demonstrating I could still meet my goals.

    After training for a few months, I also decided to give the nutrition counseling a try, and that has made all the difference. Being able to approach my goals from multiple angles in a single place where I trust the expertise of everyone I’m working with has been the key to my success, and I’ve started to see results here I’ve never gotten with other gyms or programs.

    All of the trainers are fantastic, the space and location is perfect for me, and the schedule flexibility really supports so many schedules.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Larry B.

    No joke, Paul’s yoga sessions are challenging, but oh so satisfying. He builds the program based on your level of understanding and capability of what movement you can do. I came into this class at first thinking, “I’m good, I can do this.” and it morphed into, “Um…WOW! I didn’t know I could do that.”. Again, no joke I left after my fourth session of private yoga session able to do a bow pose. I looked like a bow while I held my feet behind my back. Paul, again, will modify your session so you are able to make it through your workout but will challenge you as well so you can build the capability of what you can and eventually will be doing much more easier.
    Another thing I loved about this was the fact that there was plenty of space to work out and stretch out. I didn’t feel like I was going to kick anybody while I was stretching out. I’m glad to also see they are bringing on new yoga coaches as well, I’m excited to try them out as well because it’s always great to experience the different styles of teaching that each coach can offer. This is one of the best and most equipped yoga classes I have been to in quite some time and I’m looking forward to doing many more yoga sessions here.

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