Hands-on assists can be an incredibly potent tool for helping yoga students find better alignment, relaxation, stability, and extension. Learn five.
Hands-on assists can be an incredibly potent tool for helping yoga students find better alignment, deeper relaxation, increased stability, and greater extension, says AcroYoga teacher Deven Sisler.
"For students of yoga, receiving a great hands-on assist can communicate more clearly than words," Sisler says. "Hands-on assists are an opportunity to help students gain deeper access to a pose, even if they are not doing anything 'wrong.'" Here are 5 poses where hands-on assists can be beneficial, and how they help, according to Sisler. Teachers: Remember to ask for consent, as touch can be very intimate and may be unwelcome by some of your students.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This adjustment supports students in rooting down to rise up in Tadasana and other standing poses.
Place the palm of your hand over the top of their foot in Tadasana. Keep the hand soft and receptive as you press down. The additional pressure can help your students ground into the full capacity of their own structure and find better alignment through this standing posture. This technique is very simple and can be utilized for most standing poses.
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