MASTER-CRAFTED SEQUENCING, CUEING AND ADJUSTING
3 Weekends of study
Nov 2/3 - Nov 9/10 - Nov 16/17
$599 + tax
The Master-Crafted Sequencing, Cueing and Adjusting course is one of the Core modules for our 500/300 Hour Teacher Training Program. This course can be taken as a standalone training to supplement your previous education, or as hours towards earning your 500/300 certification through AOTS. The course is developed and facilitated by Aaron Patrick and supported by other faculty members.
MASTER-CRAFTED SEQUENCING, CUEING & ADJUSTING:
After much contemplation, when developing a course on yoga posture adjustments, we decided that it needed to be about so much more than simply 'adjustments'. There are many factors to consider when approaching the teaching of a movement or a yoga posture for it to be of greatest value to the practitioner. Yoga, which includes the postures, is innately therapeutic. Being therapeutic would imply that the practitioner is moving towards and maintaining a more balanced state of increased health and vitality. Yoga postures must be taught and practiced in such a way that the student is being directed toward a state of greater functionality, mobility and strength. Proper understanding is required, first on behalf of the teacher in order to avoid deepening unhealthy movement/postural patterns & creating compensations in other parts of the body.
Physically adjusting the yoga postures assumes first that you are intelligently sequencing the postures with the intention of therapeutically freeing and re-developing newer and more functional movement patterns in the body. It also assumes that you have utilized the immeasurably powerful tool that is your voice. Clear, concise cueing that is directed with understanding towards what is being observed in the body is essential, and must be naturally woven in with the physical adjustment that may - or may not - be needed.
The ability to intelligently sequence, cue and adjust is gained through many thousands of hours of practicing and teaching yoga postures. This is not something that can be taught using recipes and pictures from books. Teachers often make the decision to adjust a posture without understanding the full picture of what is happening and what needs to be done. Approaching an adjustment with an agenda to bring the student's body closer to an assumed form/shape or to 'deepen the stretch' can be dangerous and is not always supportive of allowing the student space to own the responsibility of their path towards Realization.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- to look at the science of sequencing Yoga postures with intelligence and therapeutic intentions
- to refine your eye for observing and recognizing common dysfunctional movement and postural patterns
- to cue with understanding, creativity and intelligence. NO MORE RECIPE CUES. Know what you're seeing and why you're cueing what you're cueing
- what NOT to do when adjusting. Understanding why common (classic) adjustments don't always work and often lead towards injury or compensation
- trauma sensitivity training. Not all students should or need to be adjusted. What you need to know before you decide to enter a student's space
- a deepened understanding of anatomy and biomechanics applied to yoga asana
- to refine your approach to students and your use of purposeful and confident hands-on touch
- to explore unique approaches to supporting common asana with language, props and touch