Ask the Expert: Turning Down Hands-On Adjustments

Our expert weighs in on the graceful way to tell your teacher you just don't like adjustments.
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Our expert weighs in on the graceful way to tell your teacher you just don't like adjustments.
yoga teacher giving an adjustment

Answers to your questions about health, nutrition, anatomy, and more.

Q: I’m uncomfortable speaking up in yoga class, but I don’t like it when my teacher adjusts me. What’s a graceful way to let him or her know?

A: To avoid these moments of in-class discomfort, pull your teacher aside before class and let her know you’d like to skip any adjustments. Most yoga teachers are happy to spend a few moments outside class to address student concerns or requests. If the teacher approaches you during class and you feel put on the spot, simply say, “No, thank you.” Most yoga teachers will tune in to the subtleties.

Debbie Williamson
Yoga teacher, life coach, and founder of Wild Abundant Life

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