Must Know Information for A Yoga Instructor

3 Dec

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  1. If they look safe and happy and reasonably well aligned, leave them alone.
  2. Always ask permission to touch a student
  3. Give students permission to refuse your touch. They can signal non-verbally by showing you the palm of their hand. It is universal for “back off.”
  4. Do not move students deeper into poses. Adjustments aren’t to push them further. We use adjustments often to pull them back and let them feel a place of ease and safety in a pose.
  5. If you move students.’ bodies with your hands, they won’t learn how to get there themselves.
  6. Instead lead them using a soft touch that suggests the direction in which they should move, or
  7. Offer your hand as something for them to reach for or push into.
  8. Human beings like to push, so asking students to push into your hands is more effective than asking them to pull away from your hand. An example in down dog is, instead of trying to push up on their front lower ribs, try putting your hands on their back ribs and tell them to breathe into your hands.
  9. Or demonstrate what they are doing and then what you want them to do on your own body.
  10. Use concrete landmarks on their body to describe what they should do.
  11. Touching these lightly will bring them into the front of their awareness.
  12. Core stabilisation comes from a correct relationship to the earth. Feel what ever is on the ground root down and whatever reaches out stay connected to those roots. Connect extremities to the core, and the core to the roots.
  13. Encourage students to maintain a neutral spine wherever possible and appropriate. Teach them what neutral is and feels like.
  14. Whatever a students’ posture in tadasana, they will repeat that postural habit in every standing pose.
  15. Take note of your students.’ facial expressions, the smoothness of their breath and the tension in their bodies. If they are too tense, they need to pull back and get breathing before going deeper.
  16. Be gentle and loving and trustworthy. If students trust you they will respond.
  17. To be a safe aware teacher, we do not suggest any adjustments that are manipulative, but rather we suggest that you correct alignment and create an approach that allows the practitioner to either re align by the .“soft touch feel.” and or move into the pose deeper from within by touch, verbal guidance or visual demonstration. In this way you are re wiring or wiring the muscle memory from an inner perspective rather than an outer experience.

Points to remember:

  • Instill in your students to move the spine, ribs and pelvis to switch on core stabilization.
  • Knee Alignment, body alignment etc
  • If the student is breathing or not breathing
  • Moving with the breath of the student
  • Allowing the student to respond to the alignment
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