Ashtanga Yoga Adjustment Videos with Ryan Spielman cover all the relevant hands-on adjustments for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd series in the Ashtanga Yoga system. Yoga teachers from every asana tradition will benefit from these information-packed videos.
In these videos I explain in detail the subtle mechanics of how to use hands-on adjustments to assist yoga postures. Each posture includes multiple perspectives on how to apply these techniques. You will learn how to adapt each pose for different body types and how to work with injuries.
These videos offer safe, effective and exciting new ways to connect to your students, deepen their practice and deepen your own understanding of body mechanics.
A hands-on adjustment is worth a thousand words.
Often the simplest way to communicate information about the asana practice is by physically putting the practitioner’s body into the correct position. This bypasses a lot of mental processing that can end up being counterproductive to the learning process.
I have had a knack for hands-on assists from the beginning of my journey as a yoga teacher. As a trained massage therapist and an advanced asana practitioner myself, my intuition for postural alignment and a sensitivity to the practitioner’s experience has helped me develop adjustments that are highly effective and that feel great.
I have refined these adjustments over the last 20 years. Not only have I been experimenting with the best ways to perform assists on students, I have also taught these assists in workshops for two decades. By teaching these adjustments I have learned which of them are universal, which adjustments work for all teachers, not just for my particular body type.
I believe these techniques are the most skillful ways to offer assists to yoga practitioners. My approach is pragmatic, not dogmatic. I care about what works and what feels good, not about repeating adjustments merely because it is the way they have been traditionally taught. In my opinion, many of the adjustments that are used in the Ashtanga tradition need updating. This is another purpose of this video, to offer alternatives to routine adjustments.
I hope these videos offer you new opportunities to enhance your yoga teaching, bring new insights into your asana practice and make deeper, long lasting connections with your students.
If you would like to participate in my adjustment workshops check out upcoming dates here.