Hands on or off?
This is an interesting article the New York Times ran about physically adjusting yoga students’ poses. I am on the fence about manual adjustments…it doesn’t bother me to be adjusted in a class but I can tell some of my students don’t like it. I also know that some of my students prefer to have manual rather than verbal adjustment. I have been in classes where teachers used manual adjustments as a form of control, as in “you’re not doing it right, do it like this” which, to me, is not what yoga is about. When I touch students it’s more of a light press to help them get deeper into pigeon or maybe a temple massage during savasana. Physically twisting someone’s hips or pressing their quad deeper into a warrior pose just doesn’t seem like it would be comfortable for the student. What do you think?