private sessions

SCHEDULE A SESSION Shift's Certified Instructors specialize in teaching - groups and privates. Here's what to expect:
  1. Private sessions are private. No one else is in the studio but you and your instructor.
  2. "With Pain, There's No Gain" Private sessions focus on each individual's unique body structure and mechanics so that foundations are built honoring the uniqueness of you.  Listening to your body and coming back to your senses with balanced, healing, mindful movement is what we offer.
  3. Awareness. Private sessions deepen awareness, focus, clarity, strength, relaxation, and open students to the many layers of practice that make it rich, rewarding and full.
  4. Meeting needs. Private sessions are built based on what you need - whether it's simply feeling the strength of your body, easing the busyness of your mind, building clarity, moving through a difficult situation, or creating a life long practice.
  5. Options for Time and Money. We offer 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute private sessions and encourage you to know what's good for you.
Here's what we do:
  1. Prepare! We'll meet and talk and create a savory meal of movement or meditation (or both) for you to practice and refine during the session.
  2. Homework? What?! You will be given homework to practice between sessions so that the work during the private session is supported and builds.
  3. Choice. It's always your choice to do your homework. There's no shaming or judgment over this. We're all adults here. We all juggle a lot in life. It's why we have stress 🙂
  4. Reschedule. It's completely up to you if you want to reschedule or not. We don't pressure. It's your choice.
If you'd like to deepen your practice, prepare yourself for a teacher training, or rebuild your mind/body foundation, check the availability of our private instructors:

Lucy Bartimole, CPT, RYTE200, GPY Tai Chi Chuan Lifetime Certification, Taiji For Balance: Levels 1, 2, 3 Developer, Meditation Specialist

Lucy brings joy into movement.  You've got to like what you're doing, or you aren't going to do it.  She offers private sessions in tai chi, qigong, personal training classes, yoga and sometimes a mixture of all, depending on the person's needs, interests and abilities.  Her focus is whole body - mental, emotional, physical and spirit. We own them all and they all affect our health and happiness. She has worked with people from the age of 4 to the age of 97, whether they're in perfect health or the depths of disease.  She is engaging, funny, but also has a serious ear, listening closely to her clients and honoring their experiences.  She has worked with people who have arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, anxiety, diabetes, weight issues, and depression. She is available for private sessions at the studio, home or corporate settings. If you would like to make an appointment with Lucy or contact her directly, click on her name or call her at 614-407-4668  

Michelle Renee Tavenner, RYT500

Michelle specializes in one-on-one yoga training.  She works with individuals not only for precise body mechanics, but the energy within the postures. She opens individuals awareness to the full expression of each yoga posture through her caring, gentle ways. Michelle has been teaching gentle Hatha yoga since 2007.  She is a main instructor for our RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and currently teaches sixth grade in Gahanna. Her other interests include Ballroom and Latin dancing, fitness, and learning as much as possible about mind/body/spirit practices. Her teaching style is reflective of her personality: easy-going, soft-spoken, and caring. Michelle Renee’s philosophy of the yoga practice is to become ever more aware about one’s own body, movement of the body, and the connection between one’s breath and the inner stillness and peace within. If you would like to make an appointment with Michelle or contact her directly, click on her name or call her at 614-407-4668  

Christine Varga, PhD, RN, Certified Pilates Instructor

Christine Varga is a deeply talented instructor. Clear, concise guidance with a deep knowledge of the body she is a 3rd generation descendant of Joseph Pilates and has been certified since 2009 in the New York Method of Pilates while living in South Africa. Christine is a registered nurse with a master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology and has worked for many years in international public health. Christine will connect you back into your core to build a foundation for any movement practice you begin.  Christine's teaching of Pilates will change the way to see your body.
shift studio is located at 1520 w 1st ave in Grandview Heights, Ohio, near downtown Columbus (see map). Phone: 407-4mov (614-407-4668)