What is touch? On the surface, touch is the connection of your skin to something or someone else. Deeper, touch can be reassuring or comforting; it can act as a transfer of energy from one body to another; it can be a symbol of love, light, and encouragement.
Regardless of what it means to you, there's no denial that touch is powerful.
One of CorePower's top strengths is touch. By adjusting and assisting practitioners through their yoga experience, instructors can help keep their students safe while deepening and strengthening poses.
My experience with touch has been wonderful so far. I'm a physical person and would much rather someone hug me than give me a gift. I'm a firm believer in the transfer of energy; when someone with positive energy and intention touches me, I feel better.
In yoga, there are several ways to adjust: verbal, directional, physical, and demo.
CorePower also encourages the following tips to provide the best experience for both instructor and student:
- Be present and confident
- Keep your intention of the adjust tailored to the student; if you are even a little attracted to them, do not adjust. If you have negative feelings toward them or in general, do not adjust.
- Breathe with them to help guide them and prevent your own injury.
- Ground down by connecting with the Earth. It's key that you are the sturdy one.
- Know the assist. Confidence is so important. Teach the adjust only from your personal experience.
Some key things to remember when adjusting:
- Always provide a verbal waiver at the beginning of class. If your student(s) don't want to be touched, no pressure (literally, ha) on them to be assisted. Make sure you have permission before administering any assists.
- Keep your hands in a "mitten" form. No gloves!
- Safety comes first. Always.
- If you adjust one side, you have to do the other side or risk your student feeling off-balance for the rest of the day or week.
- If you adjust the lower body in Savasana, you must adjust the upper body .
- Don't adjust if you're sick or have bad energy. You want your students to leave feeling positive.
For more on the power of touch, I encourage you to read this article from The New Yorker.