AS A YOGA TEACHER I KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF ADJUSTING STUDENTS AND FEEL THAT WORKING WITH STUDENTS AND BUILDING THAT TRUST AND BOND THROUGH ADJUSTMENTS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF TEACHING YOGA.
However, something that is extremely important to remember as a teacher and as a student is that no one knows your body as well as you do, and you know what feels right, when your in pain and when you’re uncomfortable. Having someone push you into a pose that just doesn’t feel right, isn’t nice.
Different styles of yoga have different styles of adjustments, for example Ashtanga yoga has long been know for its adjustments on the more extreme levels, whereas Sivananda yoga, which I was originally trained in has a much more subtle and gentle adjustment style, with lots of my teachers not making any adjustments at all.
So where’s the middle ground? As a student I like to be adjusted when it’s needed, but that’s the key… when it’s needed. I recently attended a yoga class, and the teacher spent the whole 90 minutes adjusting every student constantly, I must have been adjusted at lease 12 times, sometimes in the same pose she’s adjusted me in 10 minutes earlier, and some times I felt it was just for the sake of making an adjustment. How much is too much? I was always taught to never adjust the same person more than three times in a class, as it can make students lack confidence and even make them feel victimized. As long as a student isn’t in danger of hurting themselves a slight adjustment isn’t going to make that much difference to their practice on that day, but could knock their confidence and mean they don’t come back to your class.
Everyone’s bodies are different, just because a book about yoga that was written 500 years ago says you need to have your hips in a certain position doesn’t mean you can’t slightly adjust yourself to make it more comfortable. We’re all different, we all move in different ways, there really isn’t any right or wrong way of doing something as long as your not putting yourself in danger.
So I’d like to put the question out there. What do people think about adjustments? Do you love them or loathe them? How many is too many. Let me know what you think.
Love Lauranza x