Cut out any awkward conversations and place a card on the edge of your mat so your yoga teachers knows if it’s okay to give you hands-on adjustments.
While hands-on adjustments are often the best way for a teacher to help students access proper alignment, they can also feel intrusive to those who are injured, have experienced trauma, or simply don’t like being touched. But publicly telling a teacher “Hands off!” can feel daunting, invite unwanted attention, or cause hurt feelings. That’s why some yoga studios are finding more discreet ways for students to express their wishes concerning physical contact. By placing a stone, card, or one of the new Yoga FlipChips—which feature the word “assist” printed on one side, and “no hands on assist” on the other—on their mat at the start of class, practitioners can make their comfort level with physical contact known in a subtle way. The bamboo FlipChips are $9 each, or $44 for 20; yogaflipchip.com.