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toaster
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Thank you Bernie!

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Thank you SO much for the article on "How to Refuse Alignment Cues." This student focused article is a perfect complement to the recent discussions around teacher touch/adjustments. Furthermore, the concept of giving students agency is such a vital one! I am a psychologist in addition to being a yoga teacher--I emphasize to both my therapy clients and my yoga students that they are the experts in their own lives.

If you were interested in doing a follow-up article, I would love to see something about how to talk to other teachers about these issues. For example, how would a yoga teacher like me--coming from a very individualized perspective--talk to a teacher on insists on the idea of "correct" alignment?

Thank you again Bernie for all of the excellent information you put out into the public domain.
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Bernie
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Post by Bernie »

Thanks, Beth.

Yes, talking teacher to teacher about alignment can be challenging as well. This is another common topic that comes up in my trainings. When a teacher says that a particular alignment is good, I have to ask, "Good for whom?" Not everybody. And, then we are off into the full discussion of human variation, which can result in what Paul Grilley calls, "The 5 Stages of Grieving". These arise when teachers who were trained in the aesthetic alignment paradigm start to transition to a functional alignment paradigm: denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and finally, hopefully, acceptance. :wink:

Cheers!
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Bernie, thank you for the laugh. :D

I admit that I can be a little intimidated talking to other teachers. I am relatively new to teaching, having graduated from my 200-hour YTT 3 years ago. I do like to further educate myself and am frequently reading, doing online seminars, taking workshops, etc., yet I don't always feel fully equipped to back up my positions on the spot.

One of the the things that I found validating in your article is that you talked about things that I've been doing intuitively. For example, as a psychologist, I for years I'm been telling new therapy clients something along the lines of "I may be an expert in mental health, but you are the expert in YOU." When I started teaching yoga, it was natural for me to tell my yoga students that too; I am a huge believer in agency! The guru model doesn't make sense to me.
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Is your yoga teacher a wanna-be cult leader? Ask this question.

https://rgyoga.com/2017/12/26/is-your-y ... -question/

It really is a good read.

Really good information here too.

ANATOMY STUDIES FOR YOGA TEACHERS https://www.asfyt.com/blog
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