Hatha Yoga

Assists For Downward Facing Dog

Yoga Teachers and interns - Learn to safely make physical assists to students in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose). Have you ever wondered what other options are available for assisting your stunts in downward facing dog? In this video, Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT (director of yoga teacher training at Aura Wellness Center) explains how to assist your yoga students for optimum alignment.

How Important is Physical Assisting in a Hatha Yoga Class?

Most Yoga teacher training programs focus on teaching interns about physical assists, which guide a student toward proper alignment. Yet, many students attend classes where a Yoga instructor may not look at them for the entire class. Needless to say, there are no physical assists in these same classes. Why?

Teaching Hatha Yoga – Contraindications for Inversions

What is an inverted posture, or an inversion, in a Hatha Yoga class? Technically, any posture (asana), in which the head is below the heart, is an inversion. Whether you stand on your head, bend forward, or bend back, if the head is below the heart, you are performing an inversion.

Teaching Hatha Yoga – Contraindications for Standing Asanas

Standing postures seem easy enough for most of us, but can still be quite challenging for your legs, regardless of age or physical condition. Many commonly seen standing poses are Warrior (Virabhadrasana) postures.

Teaching Hatha Yoga – General Guidelines for Contraindications

What exactly is a contraindication for a Yoga technique? A contraindication is a factor which makes a Yoga technique inadvisable. These Yoga techniques are postures (asanas) or Yogic breathing methods (pranayama). The reasons they become inadvisable are related to people with specific health conditions performing techniques, which put them at risk.

Eight Keys to Physically Assisting Hatha Yoga Students

Physically adjusting a student, into the best possible skeletal alignment, is a skill that is passed from teacher to student. With so many questions about assisting and adjusting students for proper alignment - below are eight keys to guide Yoga teachers in the art of assisting.