In my last article, I wrote about the importance of being economical with your posture movement at all times. As teachers, our bodies are our paychecks and we should move mindfully at all times. Should you be compelled to make hands on adjustments in class, here are three Yoga Tune Up® based yoganomic components to cultivate your teaching as a means of amplifying your message and practicing sustainability:
- “Be efficient and conserve your energy”
During hands on adjustments, speak your adjustment so the rest of the class can benefit. In Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 Training, we learn how to adjust postures with the feet! If applicable, avoid bending over by using your feet to make adjustments. With some practice, it’s just as effective and could be a back saver.
- “Maintain your spine’s integrity”
No matter what your position during an adjustment, imbue stability with a Yoga Tune Up® technique, Tubular Core. If you don’t know about tubular core, you need to! It’s a way to internally “bubble-wrap” your torso, protecting the spine by keeping your core engaged from every possible angle. Think of pulling your lower ribs in and bracing while you breathe into your rib cage. Not only will this protect your spine, it will also project a non-verbal sense of stability to your clients.
- “Hip Hinge-Come to your student’s level”
Avoid hovering over your students in a dominating fashion. Become more effective by coming down to their level safely without decreasing the adjustment’s potential by utilizing functional squats: Keep your feet hip width or wider, even weight distribution amongst feet, neutral pelvis & spine, shoulders engaged and Tubular Core on.
If squats are problematic for you, train your functional squat with Squat Arms Up with Block at the wall (see picture), a Yoga Tune Up® pose that helps you develop impeccable standards of your spine during your squat. Gradually work your way away from the wall and try different variations with the arms to test your functional squat-abilities.
While these may seem like no-brainers, it is crucial that you embed these techniques into your daily routines and teaching formats in order to enhance your clients experience, practice sustainably and avoid those injuries that may alter or worse, end your teaching career.