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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