will change your Yoga Experience
Aesthetic based cueing in a yoga class assumes that every person is able to “achieve” the right “look” of a yoga posture if they just put in enough effort. The assumption here is that underneath all the soft tissues of the body, we have identical skeletons. This is simply untrue.
Whereas a functional approach to cueing in a yoga class re-examines the true intention of each yoga posture, (as in, what does the posture offer the body, or what does it do to the body), so that each person in their own unique physicality can find the alignment that works best for them.
No two bodies are exactly alike, not even identical twins! At a core level we all have slightly (sometimes vastly) different variations in the shapes, length, and orientations of our bones.
This is the primary reason that two people can have such a different felt-experience of the same yoga posture.
Throughout the training, we will systematically look at each of the major synovial joint complexes in the human body, and examine why and how a persons’ bone shape will affect their yoga experience. As well as how we can give optional language and alternatives for students to explore their own body in a functional setting.
By broadening your awareness of skeletal variation, you will gain a much deeper understanding of where more options are needed in your cueing, and why it is impossible for every yogi in a class to adhere to strict alignment-based cues for a yoga posture. You will likely also have your own “aha” moments as to why certain yoga postures or alignment-based cues never felt right in your body, and how you can find your own version of the shape rather than criticising your capacity for the “perfect pose.” As Paul Grilley says, “there is no perfect pose. What is easy for one skeleton is impossible for another.”