How do you adapt as a yoga teacher? MLA...modify, learn and adapt.
*Modify - utilize any prop you may have access to and find out what makes the student comfortable and without pain. Let them find the stability and ease in the pose.
*Learn - research, talk to professionals, and find out more if someone comes to you with an illness, injury or other health problems. Always ensuring that they have medical clearance and are safe to do yoga.
*Adapt - seek new ways to look at Yoga, try different classes, and become a person who can have a unique view of yoga and consider training in adapted yoga.
The adapted Yoga training will help you become a Yoga teacher who can offer versatility, compassion and vast knowledge in your classes. For myself, I recently took Chair Yoga training in October and it was mind boggling the way a chair could assist an individual who couldn’t go down on the floor.
From a personal perspective, Yoga has been a journey of self-discovery. And part of that was finding out that I had shoulder limitations and learned that certain poses would be re-triggers of pain. So I did my formula of modify, learn and adapt and now can do poses with stability and ease that work for me.
If you are in yoga now as a participant, you might find a different way that works or maybe a professional such as a physiotherapist has also given you suggestions. Either way, find that avenue that allow you to be in the pose and enjoy what yoga can bring. So as a teacher or practitioner, enjoy your practice and let Yoga be that safe place where you meet your mat, and connect the body, mind and breath and feel the joy of life.
Just like shopping for a bathing suit becomes a journey of finding that right fit, explore Yoga with that same mentality to ensure that no matter what you are bringing into the class that you feel connected with your inner light and live with happiness.
See you at the Accessibile Yoga Conference in September 2016. Please join us for a wonderful experience of community, sharing and knowledge.