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The Art of Assists Part 1

Upcoming Events

The Art of Assists Part 1


Sat, Sun Date: Jan 21, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017 From: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

This module in our 500-hour yoga teacher training core curriculum is also open to all teachers! We will explore the principles of verbal and manual assists and adjustments in two separate weekends. This is the first part of our exploration.

Have you ever received a physical adjustment so perfect, it felt like it shifted your being in lasting obvious and subtle ways? Have you ever received an assist that left you feeling maladjusted?

A great physical adjustment is a honed skill and refined art. If we practice offering them with solid alignment understanding and a wide knowledge of the various different body types and their specific needs, then our physical adjustments can be most effective and heart-opening. We’ll learn adjustments for asanas in the various classes of poses, key alignment techniques for the different classes, how to differentiate acute pain from the development of musculoskeletal strength and stability, and when to apply more refined alignment and adjustment, versus when to avoid the pose.

Part 1 will cover universal assisting principles; body types and needs; how to use your hands optimally; verbal vs. physical adjustments; types of adjustments; and hands-on assists for standing poses, backbends, and arm balances.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday's class begins with a 1.5 hr vinyasa practice.

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