Props and Assists: Hands On and/or Off Tools for Teaching

with Savonn Wyland

Total:  20 Hours

Part 1:

  • Thursday, November 3, 2022 (6pm-8:30pm)
  • Saturday, November 5, 2022 (1pm-5:30pm)
  • Sunday, November 6, 2022 (12:30pm-3:30pm)

Part 2:

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 (6pm-8:30pm)
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 (1pm-5:30pm)
  • Sunday, November 20, 2022 (12:30pm-3:30pm)
  • Have you wondered whether to adjust or not adjust? Touch or not touch? Be hands on or hands off?
  • Are you nervous about including hands on adjustments due to lack of practice or training, or a bad experience?
  • Do you need more practice giving adjustments in order to build your skills and competence?
  • Interested in including more props in your classes or with your private clients?

Yoga props, adjustments and assists are used to enhance your students’ experience, not to make them feel like they are doing something wrong. If you have received a great adjustment, you know how it feels to be touched in a way that makes your pose come to life. If you have been the recipient of a not-so-great adjustment, you also know how it feels to be the receiver of something that shakes you up or just feels off.  

Props such as chairs, blocks, bolsters, straps and many household objects are great ways to enhance a practice and give students a sense of empowerment and support.  

You Will Learn

  • How to confidently and competently manually adjust common poses and/or suggest the use of props to meet your students where they are, keeping in mind that “one size/adjustment/approach does not fit all”.
  • Why adjustments (hands on and/or hands off) can be helpful and effective tools for students of all levels.
  • When to include adjustments and when you may be better off avoiding them.
  • The healing and communicative power of intentional touch.
  • How to verbally cue for common modifications, choices, and options.
  • Props:  general to specific ways to include them in your instruction.
  • Creative props:  how to encourage the use of props when you don’t have access to “common” props such as blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps.

What to Expect

You will be working with other yoga teachers (and soon-to-be teachers) to experience both giving and receiving adjustments and assists. While there will be plenty of time to discuss what, how, and why as it pertains to adjustments, assists, and modifications, most of our time will be in giving & receiving, practicing & experimenting, and feeling & sensing.

You will practice with props in ways that you may or may not be familiar with to increase your skill set and understanding as to how and why props can be used in a variety of settings.

You will gain experience that can easily be put to good use. Your newfound skills and knowledge will help you better support your students’ practices and your confidence as a great teacher.

Who Should Take This Weekend Intensive

  • Soon-to-be teachers and newer teachers looking for experienced guidance, practice, and tips/tools in the use of props, adjustments and assists.
  • Experienced teachers who want to build on what they have been already doing (or not doing) when it comes to skillfully adding verbal and manual (hands on) adjustments as well as using props in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Anyone who is currently participating in a Yoga Teacher Training Program or who has completed a Yoga Teacher Training Program and has not started teaching yet.
  • Yoga students who want to deepen their understanding of the benefits of props and assists/adjustments.

This Weekend Intensive is part of Sellwood Yoga’s 300 Hour Advanced Studies Yoga Teacher Training Program as well as the “Deep Dive” Track. With instructor approval, you may be able to register for this module as a stand-alone weekend. Please email advancedstudies@sellwoodyoga.com for more information.