Yoga Adjusts & Assists | Teacher Training | IN STUDIO

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.

Yoga Adjusts & Assists | Teacher Training | IN STUDIO

with Gingi Lee

Fri & Sat 19 & 20 November   Fri & Sat 26 & 27 November 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.

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

Teacher Bio

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.

Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

  • Saturday 17 September 2022 DAY 1 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM


  • Sunday 18 September 2022 Day 2 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM


  • Saturday 15 October 2022 DAY 3 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM

    9-5:30 pm

  • Sunday 16 October 2022 DAY 4 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM

    9-5:30 pm

  • Saturday 12 November 2022 DAY 5 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM

    9 am -5:30 pm

  • Sunday 13 November 2022 DAY 6 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM



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