Here are seven principles of hands-on adjustment in asana:
- Safety: Safety should always be the primary consideration when making adjustments. Ensure that the student is in a safe and stable position before making any adjustments.
- Communication: Communicate with the student before making any adjustments. Ask for permission, provide clear cues, and ensure that the student is comfortable with the adjustment.
- Observation: Observe the student’s body before making adjustments. Look for misalignments, asymmetries, and areas of tension or restriction.
- Intention: Have a clear intention for each adjustment. Consider what you are trying to achieve through the adjustment and how it will benefit the student.
- Gradual progression: Make adjustments gradually and progressively. Start with small adjustments and gradually increase the depth and intensity of the adjustment over time.
- Breath awareness: Encourage the student to maintain awareness of their breath throughout the adjustment. Use the breath as a tool to deepen the posture and release tension.
- Empowerment: Empower the student through hands-on adjustments. Encourage them to explore their own body and experience the posture for themselves. Provide guidance and support, but ultimately allow the student to take ownership of their practice.