How it's done?
Just as in Utthita Trikonasana, you will begin behind the practitioner, setting your foot against the outer edge of theirs for support. Place the hands on the ASIS (at the hip flexors) where you want your student to hinge from and from there begin pulling the hips in your direction.
Continue pulling so that the student can pull forwards and bring themselves into the end position. Once the student is in the final position, continue to work together pulling in either direction and establishing the maximal length in the pose.
Caution: When adjusting here you must be stable and the arms should be stretched long. In this way you are using your weight and not primarily your strength to hold the position. This is the smartest way to work and to protect your back. Additionally, you want to maintain common stability and match their pull to avoid taking your student out of balance.
Why we recommend this tutorial
This is yet another example of how the tug-of-war method works perfectly in creating length and results in providing two effects. First, it creates the stability needed to feel grounded in the pose. Second, it creates a sense of spaciousness in the spine. It's the perfect combination of stability and lightness!
Effects of the Adjustment
- more length in the spine
- promotes proper alignment
- deepening of the breath
- supports a good foundation
- offers a new experience in the pose
This tutorial does not replace the guidance of a competent teacher. Each person and every body is unique and this aspect should always be taken into consideration when offering this or any other adjustment in your class.
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and student).