To become great at adjusting, it starts with your Observation Skills. Once you know what to look for you can skilfully individualize your adjustments according to your students needs. To do this requires knowledge of how to read body types, anatomy, joint mobility & functional movement etc.
There are three main reasons why you might offer a helping hand, Safety, Ease and to deepen your students experience of the pose.
There are three main reasons why you might offer hands-on physical adjustments. Firstly, to keep your students safe with healthy alignment. Secondly, to make the pose more easeful when they might be struggling. And thirdly to deepen the students experience of the pose, so that they can experience the fullest expression for their ability.
You will be taught when, and more importantly, when not to physically adjust a student, because there are certain situations when not adjusting is the most effective form of helping your students.
Many yoga teachers don’t give physical adjustments because a poor adjustment could injury your student. The role of a yoga teacher is to keep your students safe, healthy and to help them reach the best of their ability. A great adjustment it will not only keep them safe but help them experience the pose to the fullest. With experience, adjustments can help students learn new movement patterns that may in turn help them heal from previous injuries.
Seated Supine and Prone Poses
Inversions and Arm Balances
I did my first two teacher training’s with no intention of ever teaching yoga, I just wanted to further my knowledge for my own practice. It was my first teacher Bridget Woods-Kramer who dropped the bombshell on me that she needed cover for that Saturday’s class and there was no one else to do it that forced me into teaching my first class. I absolutely loved it…….. completely terrified……… but loved it!
It is said that we all come to healing in our own time and this was true for me when in 2000, I fell down a mountain snowboarding, breaking my back in four places and shattering my collarbone. After numerous unsuccessful operations, I decided to take matters into my own hands so that I might stand a chance of being mobile by the time I hit forty.
I began a regular yoga practice and as the ancient saying goes – ‘when the student is ready the teacher will appear’, I moved back to Cornwall at the same time as Bridget Woods-Kramer, a world renowned Anusara teacher. I spent six years studying and teaching with Bridget and have developed a style that is physically challenging with attention to posture and alignment and above all, playful. My experience has taught me to cherish the physical practice of yoga, but it is the connection between mind, body and soul that inspires my practice.
In the last few years my personal practice has moved towards Ashtanga and have undertaken Ashtanga teacher trainings with David Swenson, Manju Jois and John Scott.
I have been teaching for 19 years and over this time I feel deeply privileged to have been taught by some of the worlds best teachers from a range of different schools of yoga, including Richard Freeman, David Williams, Sianna Shermann, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Bruce Bowditch, John Friend, Nancy Gilgoff, and Doug Swenson. In my classes I call upon the teachings of all of my teachers to best serve my own students, with a blend of the styles, techniques and adjustments I’ve learnt along my yoga journey. I am also co-founder and director of Lime House Yoga and The Retreat with my partner Emma and a dad to two wonderful daughters who constantly inspire and challenge me to be more present in the world and on my mat.
These workshops are aimed primarily at Yoga Teachers, Yoga Teacher Trainees and experienced practitioners. There will be hands-on adjustments throughout the course.
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– Standing Poses & Twists
– Seated, Supine and Hip Openers
– Inversions, Arm-balances & Backbends
• £450 for all three weekends
(Saving £87 over buying all three weekends individually)
Each weekend can be booked individually or to receive the 40hr accreditation from Yoga Alliance Professionals you have to attend all three weekends.