Yoga Adjustments - Teacher Training

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 5-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.

The Art & Science of Yoga Assists: Teacher Training

17, 18 & 19 January and 8 & 9 February 2020  | with Gingi Lee

It takes a certain skill to lead a yoga class with visual and verbal cues, it is a completely different art, however, to teach, connect and communicate with your students through touch. The intention of this course is to teach you this invaluable skill, in a way that is safe and intuitive. The course will give you, as a teacher, another rich and rewarding dimension to your teaching skill set. “To understand the knowledge and transmission of energy that takes place with hands-on assists is truly an awesome journey." Offering adjustments is a "whole new frontier” as a yoga teacher, says Gingi. The five day course, split over two weekends, will include giving hands on assists in standing postures, sitting postures, back-bending including standing drop backs, and inversions.  The journey of learning to give adjustments will also deepen your personal practice on all levels. This course is accredited by the Yoga Alliance (40 hours).

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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.

The Adjustment module in our 200-hour training is the one, trainees often find the most rewarding and are most keen to explore further. 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 Ginig's experience with adjustments on our Blog.


Yoga Adjustments-Assists

Who the Course is For

This course is suitable for teachers of all styles of yoga with an emphasis on Vinyasa yoga in particular Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. It is particularly beneficial for anyone working in a self practice environment. The course will give you the fundamentals of applying adjustments in a safe way following the biomechanics of the body and breath.

The course will invariably change your mindset so that you see the body both physically and energetically, knowing when to adjust and when not to, observing individuals in a class and as a whole group, building relationships with students so that you work together in the adjustment process.



Yoga Assists - Teacher Training

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 of adjustments 
  • 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

Gingi Lee Biography

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.

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In order to enroll for this course you should have 

  • completed the Shala School of Yoga 200-hour training course or
  • completed another (reputable) 200-hour teacher training

If none of these apply, please email us us stating your experiences and reasons for doing the course and we will assess on a case by case basis. Please do not pay the deposit until we have confirmed whether we can offer you a place.




£575 (Shala School of Yoga 200-hour graduates)

£625 full price

  • Click on the pink book button below to register your interest
  • Make payment of £150 (non refundable) deposit by bank transfer to: The Shala School of Yoga, Account Number: 68702298; Sort code: 08-92-50. It is very important you reference this with ADJUSTMENTS TTC + YOUR SURNAME. Note that your place is only confirmed once payment has been received.
  • Complete this application form and email it to us
  • The balance is due by 31 December 2019 by bank transfer – payable as above with the same reference. 
  • Deposit £150, non refundable but can be transferred to another person 
  • The remaining balance is refundable up to 1 month before the event.  
  • Cancellation 2 - 4 weeks before the event: 50 % of the balance in refund only
  • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event: no refund

This Teacher Training is run the Shala School of Yoga partnership.

The course leaders and the Shala reserve the right to photograph or film during the programme and to use these images for our website and marketing purposes.

This course is registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals and counts as 40 registerd hours of tuition and coursework. 

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