Episode 18: Hands On Or Off? That Is The Question

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The Show:

  • Our tips for new teachers — hint: hands (mostly) off
  • What ‘guided self-practices’ are and how it informed Kate’s philosophies on assisting + adjusting
  • How we define adjusts versus assists
  • Our hierarchy of assisting + adjusting (we start off sans touch)

#Stickynotes + Weekly Work:

1. What is your hierarchy of assisting?

2. How can you start each adjustment or assist with clarity around your intention behind it?

3. How are you motivating students and clients to give you consent?

4. Do you want to have dialogue after adjustments + assists?

Laura’s Wise Words:

“As I’ve grown as a teacher, I see a lot of opportunity for me to use my hands mindfully to help people bring more awareness to the body.”

“Help people help themselves.”

“You need to ask yourself what is the purpose of this pose? What are the benefits? 100% of the time you can find another pose with similar benefits.”

“Your assists and adjusts need to be for the sake of the student — it’s not about you (or your entertainment).”

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A-ha’s from Kate:

“More than getting a feel adjustments, when I started teaching I was focusing on being clear and concise verbally  If I’m finding that I am not communicating clearly what I want someone to do with their body after saying it and showing it, the problem is the precision I’m able to have with my words. I say the same thing in a variety of ways in an effort to move through the hierarchy of adjustments.”

“I’m not looking to use my body to move their body, I’m looking for a perimeter of guidance to move their body where I want them to go.”

“Collectively, we just don’t know what is going on with people’s bodies.”

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