Yoga Alignment Workshop Resources September 2020

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Further Resources

I have been writing a lot on instagram, check it the first of a series of a few posts here:

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What does yoga alignment mean anymore when yoga teachers are learning that dogmatic one-size-fits-all approaches to cueing don't stand up to scrutiny, or the experience of an ever-increasing sample of practitioners? Much of what I learned in my first decade of practising yoga as 'THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DO A YOGA POSE' is no longer what I practise or teach anymore, or at least it's not what I teach as the only way. I've seen enough femur and hip socket photos to know that there is too much variety in our bodies to be contained in a set of standard cues. As a student or teacher grappling with all the conflicting alignment advice (I mean how many opinions on triangle pose do we have???) and seeking pose perfection, it can be tempting to throw up the white flag and try to find a new discipline where there's a bit more certainty. However, I've come to love the uncertainty and the knowledge that I'll never practise any pose perfectly – it means there's so much to explore. In the lead up to my workshop next week (link in bio) I'm gonna share my thoughts on yoga alignment in a few posts. I want to share how I see yoga alignment not as dogma, but as a process of inquiry. Here's my first alignment re-think: Alignment cues can be questions rather than answers Are the alignment cues you are using a final destination or an invitation to explore and inquire? Be flexible. Be nondogmatic. Be prepared for cues not to work. The body isn’t one size fits all, but we do our best to find a way into these shapes for ourselves and for others. Alignment must be the starting point for inquiry rather than the end. Much like every musician will interpret a piece of music differently based on their own personal experience and technique and limitations, so shall you interpret asana. Tips: Let alignment cues be suggestive of areas to watch, notice, and feel. Try questions rather than directions. Allow moments of individual curiosity and exploration. What are your favourite alignment inquiries? ____ Photo: @Yogaandphoto #yoga #yogalife #igyoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogainspiration #yogadaily #yogateacher #mensyoga

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They were a re-think of this previous blog: