Yoga Assists & Adjustments | 40 hours

Offering skilful hands-on adjustments and assists as a teacher can be a powerful and integral part of helping students deepen their yoga practice, especially at a more advanced level. This practical 4-day YA accredited teacher training course with Gingi Lee focuses on teaching this invaluable skill with an understanding of the biomechanics and subtle energetics of the body.

Assists & Adjustments Yoga Teacher Training | IN STUDIO | 40 hours

Fri & Sat 19 & 20 November  & Fri & Sat 10 & 11 December 2021 | IN STUDIO training with Gingi Lee

This 4-day course will give you the fundamentals of applying adjustments in a safe way following the biomechanics of the body and breath. The course is designed to give you the tools and confidence to offer your students some hands on help in a safe and purposeful way. It can be attended as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our 300-hour programme.

Course Overview

The majority of practitioners come to the mat for the undisputed therapeutic benefits yoga offers. If they are in the hands of a skilled adjuster these benefits will often be greatly enhanced. A good adjustment can help a student safely access a deeper posture, set good alignment and explore energetic movement and intention. It may also release deep physical restrictions, as well as emotional blockages in a safe environment.

Learning the art of giving adjustments is an important journey as a teacher and should not be underestimated. The simple act of sharing human touch has tremendous power to heal both physically and emotionally. We are social creatures and touch is a fundamental part of development from the first moment of life when we have skin-on-skin contact with a parent.

Gingi has witnessed remarkable benefits during his twenty-five years of working in this way in his yoga classes and he believes it is an integral part of being a yoga teacher. “A skilled assist can be a transmission of knowledge, energy and healing that can be extremely profound.”

Students may sometimes be tentative or resistant to being physically assisted, but invariably with space, time and a building of trust, those students will usually open up to the gifts this dimension of yoga can give. Yoga is about evolution after all.

Read more about Gingi's experience with adjustments on our Blog.


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Course Content

The course will explore adjustments for sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures, backbends and inversions in addition to covering the following:

  • why and when to offer adjustments 
  • foundations 
  • using the breath 
  • biomechanics and energetics of adjustments 
  • sensitivity of touch 
  • building relationships/consent 
  • timing and working the room efficiently 
  • handling difficult scenarios 
  • working with different body types 
  • working with injuries 
  • self-preservation 
  • overview of teaching in a self practice environment


  • A 200-hour yoga teacher training is usually a prerequisite for joining any of our Level 2 trainings but not essential 
  • This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our 300-YA accredited programme
  • You will receive 40 accredited Level 2 hours as a stand-alone course or towards our 300-hour training; 32 contact hours plus 8 hours of prep and homework
  • Once you have completed your 300-hour training you can register as a RYT 500 teacher

Teacher Bio

Gingi Lee

Leading this teacher training course is Senior Yoga Alliance Registered teacher Gingi Lee, co-director of the Shala, who founded the studio in 1997 and founded the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme in 2016. He has been teaching yoga full time for over 25 years and is one of the country's most experienced ashtanga vinyasa yoga teachers. As a teacher who has primarily focused on teaching self practice ashtanga – where hands-on adjustments are central to the style of teaching – he has almost unrivalled experience in this field in the UK.

Gingi began studying and teaching martial arts in the 1980s with his father, Sensei Richard Taibong Lee. During an early trip to India, Gingi came into contact with yoga and spent many years returning to India to study and devote himself to the discipline. For two years in the mid 90s, he apprenticed with the late Derek Ireland after completing a teacher training course in Goa. He subsequently went to Mysore to continue his studies with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and then attended a two-year teacher training course with Graeme Northfield of Australia around 2001. Additionally, Gingi has trained more recently with Yamuna Zake and become certified in Yamuna Bodyrolling, a form of remedial bodywork which has interested him for many years and which he now incorporates into some of his teachings.

For 25 years, Gingi has focused his energy on teaching at his centre in South London, alongside hosting yoga holidays and workshops internationally. In 2016 he established the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme with co-teachers Kath RobertsMark Kan and Norman Blair and he is now hugely passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of teachers.

Gingi has played a key role in popularising ashtanga yoga in the UK and has taught, trained and inspired many British yoga teachers. He is a well-respected teacher who has remained at the forefront of the yoga community. His teaching is characterised by sensitivity, warmth and a deep commitment to the practice.

Read Gingi's own personal story here.

  • "

    The adjustments teacher training was the best teacher training investment I have made since becoming a yoga teacher. Gingi is an incredibly grounded and gifted course leader. He taught me so much and ultimately I gained the confidence I was lacking in my teaching and adjusting work.


  • "

    Gingi is a rare gifted teacher who teaches from the heart with compassion, love and humour. He gently encourages us to make the yoga practice our own, journeying towards an opening of the mind, body and heart


  • "

    Gingi's knowledge, enthusiasm and experience is unrivalled and his passion infectious. I came to this course relatively confident with giving many adjustments having taught regularly for several years. But I left with fresh inspiration and a deeper more profound understanding of the biomechanics and energetics of the body. No one offers adjustments quite like Gingi. It was wonderful to learn from one of the best : )



  • "

    I didn’t expect to go so deep with this practice on the TTC. Very intense and emotional experience. Gingi held such a safe and supportive space it was really special


  • "

    It’s really humbling to be in the company of such a master and I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to further their teacher training. Gingi embodies the essence of what yoga should signify and I am just so honoured to have completed this training with him.



  • "

    The approach was incredibly thorough and thoughtful, I couldn’t have asked for more. This was an outstanding course: thorough and detailed and designed to ensure us students had time to practise and reflect on all we learned. Time was taken to build up trust and compassion within the group, which was invaluable when working on assists and adjusts together. Gingi is a humble and generous course leader ...and it helps that he's the best there is when it comes to yoga assists.



  • "

    Gingi is an amazing adjuster and it is such an honour to learn the art of adjustments from him. His extraordinary experience, energy and sense of humour made the course really special.



  • "

    The course was everything I expected it to be and more. The structure, content and teaching surpassed my expectations.


  • "

    Gingi is a fountain of yoga knowledge and one of the most grounded and down-to-earth teachers I have met. He cared about each and every student and I felt he went out of his way to make sure I got what I needed from the course.



  • "

    Perfect. There was the right mix of practical and theoretical work. Gingi is such a gifted teacher; approachable, knowledgeable and inspiring.


  • "

    Gingi's knowledge and passion for adjusting was exceptional. I left inspired and confident to use all I had learned in my own teaching as there was the perfect balance of theory and practical work.



  • "

    This is a unique opportunity to hear and learn from Gingi in a fun and relaxed way. Gingi is very skilled and clearly an expert in his field. More than that though, is his unique ability to meet each student exactly where they are and bring out the best in each and the group as a whole.



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Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

Friday 19 November 2021


Saturday 20 November 2021


Friday 26 November 2021


Saturday 27 November 2021



  • The cost is £495 for the full 4-day IN STUDIO training. 
  • A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required on booking.
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  • 300 hour students get a 10% discount on this training if they have booked three trainings with us including the core. Email us if this is the case and the discount will be applied when the balance is taken

  • Deposit £150, non refundable but can be transferred to another person 
  • The remaining balance is refundable up to 1 month before the event.  
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  • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event: no refund


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  • The livestreamed elements of this training will be recorded and anyone who is unable to attend this part can email us to request a link to the recording, which will be available for 7 days after the event. 
  • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended. 
  • In the event that a workshop is cancelled by the Shala you will be offered a refund or the option to be transferred to an alternative event

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