How it's done
Stand to the side of the practitioner so that, in the position, their back is facing you. As they enter the pose on the first side, take your left hand and grab the students right knee. The reason for this is to prevent the student's shoulder from slipping over the knee... (Note: Different from other adjustments we are stabilizing from the opposite side)
Your right forearm can rest on the upper ribs and you can gently support the rotation in the thoracic spine by gently rotating your forearm towards you, which should give the student a chance to rotate their torso a bit more. Additionally, you can help the student to draw the upper arm forward.
You can support the practitioner's foundation by placing your legs behind those of the practitioner, which will offer the student enhanced stability. Don't forget that here the feet should not be on the same line but rather hips distance apart to allow for a well-balanced twist.
Why we recommend this video
We believe that a good adjustment can have a profound effect on a student's practice. In working mindfully and cautiously, we can help the student gain a better sense of where they are in space and a deeper connection to their breathing and foundation.
Effects of adjustment
- Improved twist
- Deeper breath
- New insight on a common pose
- More length
- Enhanced stability
This tutorial does not replace the guidance of a competent teacher. Each person and every body is different. Please keep this in mind when offering this or any other adjustment.
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and student).