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Complete Visual And Inspirational Guide To Yoga Asana Assists

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Are you looking to deepen your yoga practice and take it to the next level? One way to do so is by incorporating yoga asana assists into your routine. Yoga asana assists, also known as adjustments, are physical adjustments made by a teacher or an experienced practitioner to help you get into a yoga pose more accurately or experience it more fully. They can provide support, alignment, and a deeper sense of connection to the practice.

In this guide, we will dive deep into the world of yoga asana assists, providing you with a comprehensive visual and inspirational overview. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, this guide will help you gain a deeper understanding of asana assists and how they can enhance your yoga practice.

What are Yoga Asana Assists?

Yoga asana assists involve the use of touch, verbal cues, and props to help practitioners achieve proper alignment and deepen their experience in a yoga pose. They are typically provided by an experienced yoga teacher or a knowledgeable practitioner who possesses a deep understanding of the asanas and the human body.

Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists
Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists
by Sharon Gannon(Kindle Edition)

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 8927 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 315 pages
Lending : Enabled

The purpose of asana assists is to provide guidance and support to practitioners, helping them explore their own boundaries and stretch their abilities. By receiving an assist, practitioners can refine their alignment, deepen their stretches, and connect more fully with their bodies.

The Benefits of Yoga Asana Assists

There are numerous benefits to incorporating yoga asana assists into your practice. Here are some key advantages:

1. Enhanced Body Awareness:

Yoga asana assists can help you develop a deeper awareness of your body and its alignment. The hands-on guidance from a teacher or practitioner can help you understand how the pose should feel and where your body should be in space.

2. Improved Alignment:

Asana assists ensure that you are in proper alignment during a pose, reducing the risk of injury and allowing you to experience the benefits of the pose more fully. They can help you engage the correct muscles and maintain proper spinal alignment.

3. Deeper Expression of the Pose:

Assists can help you go deeper into a yoga pose, allowing you to experience a stretch or a sensation that you may not have been able to achieve on your own. They can help you access poses that seemed impossible and deepen your practice overall.

4. Relaxed and Deeper Breathing:

When receiving an assist, you can relax into the pose and allow for a deeper and more natural breath. This can help you find more ease and comfort in the pose, facilitating better relaxation and increased energy flow.

5. Personalized Adjustments:

Asana assists can be tailored to your individual needs and abilities. Whether you are working with an injury, have limited flexibility, or are simply looking for a specific sensation, assists can be customized to meet your unique requirements.

Types of Yoga Asana Assists

There are various types of yoga asana assists that can be used to support and deepen your practice. Some commonly used assists include:

1. Verbal Cues:

A teacher or practitioner may use verbal cues to guide you into a pose or provide alignment corrections. This can be helpful for practitioners who prefer a non-touch approach or for situations where a physical assist may not be appropriate.

2. Hands-On Adjustments:

Hands-on adjustments involve the teacher or practitioner physically adjusting your body to correct alignment or provide support. This can involve gentle pressure, repositioning limbs, or providing stability.

3. Props and Tools:

Props such as blocks, straps, and blankets, as well as tools like yoga wheels or bolsters, can be used to provide support and assist in achieving proper alignment. They can be especially beneficial for beginners or individuals with limited flexibility.

Understanding Consent and Communication

When it comes to receiving yoga asana assists, consent and communication are key. It is important to remember that not everyone may be comfortable with or require physical adjustments. Always communicate your preferences and any limitations to your teacher or practitioner.

Similarly, as a teacher or practitioner providing assists, it is crucial to always ask for consent and respect the boundaries of the practitioner. It is also important to explain the purpose and intention behind any assist and ensure that the practitioner feels safe and supported throughout the process.

Yoga asana assists can be a transformative addition to your yoga practice, providing guidance, support, and a deeper connection to your body. From enhanced body awareness to improved alignment and deeper expressions of poses, asana assists can help you unlock new dimensions in your practice.

Remember, as with any aspect of yoga, it is important to approach asana assists with an open mind, a compassionate heart, and a willingness to explore your own boundaries. Embrace the guidance and support that asana assists offer and allow them to take your practice to new heights.

So, take the next step on your yoga journey and start incorporating yoga asana assists into your practice. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for it.

Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists
Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists
by Sharon Gannon(Kindle Edition)

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 8927 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 315 pages
Lending : Enabled

The founders of Jivamukti Yoga outline the fundamental principles of the assist, and how to apply them in practice and service to others.
The benefits of both giving and receiving an assist—the extraordinary mind/body/spirit connection between yoga teacher and student—depend on knowing what an assist is, and fully understanding the method of Jivamukti itself.
Though “corrections”—with teachers who fixed students’ mistakes—had evolved to “adjustments,” the world-renowned founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method recognized this still suggested that changes to one’s technique were necessary. In this book, they use “assist” to communicate the idea of two beings interacting on various levels of consciousness to bring into focus the five central tenets of Jivamukti: Shastra (or scripture),devotion, nonviolence, music, and meditation.
From cultivating trust and patience to final relaxation and massage, this step-by-step, fully illustrated guide—featuring dozens of asanas—explores the giving of yoga as an art, a flowing dance of body, breath, and energy between two connected beings. Whether we receive or give, an assist is an active process in the resolution of a relationship between teacher and student, a microcosm of the flowing interrelation among all people, and all species.

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