January 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – January 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
Waynesville Yoga Center
274 S Main St
Waynesville, NC 28786
Waynesville Yoga Center

Alignment, Adjustments, and Assists for the Modern Yoga Class

We will explore the principles of alignment, adjustments and assists with a modern and sensitive approach to each one. The overall philosophy of which will emphasize the importance of how a pose feels being of primary importance over how a pose looks or should look being of lesser importance.

We will also explore the importance of knowing the “why” of these principles and not just repeating “rote cues” that are outdated and not always helpful to the individual. The days of forceful adjustments and rigid alignment ideals are and should be a relic of the past as we now know that all bodies do not look the same or feel the same in any pose nor should they.

It is not our job to force or push a yogi deeper into a pose so they look a certain way because that decision should be more of an internal assessment rather than an external one as only they know if they are mentally, physically and emotionally ready for that deep dive.

Learn how to collaborate and invite in that internal compass and guide from your students so that you can infuse these principles with a philosophy of partnership and collaboration over an “I know best and what this pose should look like” attitude and belief.

Trainees will learn:
  • the different kinds of alignment, adjustments, and assists that can be incorporated into a yoga class
  • how the alignment, adjustments, and assists can be incorporated in a way that is sensitive to students of all backgrounds and experience levels
  • about the variety of different anatomical structures and physiology of students and how these can be observed in students’ alignment during a yoga class
  • how anatomy and physiology play roles in the proper adjustments and assists for a range of students
  • the historical and/or traditional yogic philosophy, yoga lifestyles, and ethics for yoga teachers as it relates to Alignment, Adjustments, and Assists. This workshop will be presented with the framework of the principle of Ahimsa – to do no harm.
  • about appropriate and acceptable teacher-student relationships as it relates to physical touch, language, and cueing under the framework of alignment, adjustments, and assists
This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald. Learn more about her here.


Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM


  • Suggested: Yoga Myths: What you need to learn and unlearn for a safe and healthy yoga practice by Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT
  • Suggested: Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews (second edition)
  • Suggested: Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn alignment cues that are skillful, safe and best suited to you by Bernie Clark
  • Suggested Video: Anatomy for Yoga with Paul Grilley

Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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Waynesville Yoga Center
274 S Main St
Waynesville, NC 28786