If you come to one of my yoga classes you'll find you may get adjusted my be from time to time. This isn't necessarily because you're doing a pose 'wrong' - adjustments can be used to help effect profound changes in our practice that we might not ever explore on our own.
When your teacher changes the angle of your hand or encourages you to drop your shoulders they are helping you to change the neuro-muscular patterns that you have developed over time. If you always go into cobra with your shoulders scrunched up around your ears, repetition of this pose in this rather uncomfortable way leads to the establishment of patterns within your body that will not help you attain optimal health and flexibility. Yoga for me is a way to establish patterns of movement that are healthy, sustainable and fun. It has given me a way to explore my own movement patterns mindfully and offers a form of exercise which is accessible to a non-sporty person! Adjustments encourage the body to release established neuro-muscular patterns, give additional dimensions to a pose and help the fascia respond in a different way to their usual movement.
When I give my students adjustments, I am helping them to understand a technique, re-pattern their movement, or aiding them in grounding or deepening a pose. I hope that from a little hands on help you will be able to find extra dimensions in your postures you didn't know were there.
(*Thanks to Anna Robertshaw-Freeth for her excellent adjustments workshop I attended at the Freestyle Yoga Project in February.)
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