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The Art of Adjusting Asana

Adjustments for Hatha, Vinyasa & Hatha Flow Classes (30 Hours CPD) At BCY, Stokes Croft, Bristol, from 26 April 2018 to 29 Apr 2018

BCY, Stokes Croft, Bristol
26 April 2018
- 29 Apr 2018

Kaine Shutler Hatha Yoga, Training Intensive, Vinyasa Yoga

This adjustments course is one of our specialist intensive courses for teachers and serious students of yoga. An effective adjustment can be one of the most enlightening experiences for a yoga student; the power of touch can convey something that is otherwise inaccessible.

As humans we all have our “blind spots”, and adjustments can be eye opening. This course is literally “hands on” with a wide range of adjustments being taught, there is plenty of opportunity to practice with other individuals in the class as well as a small group of volunteer students who offer their support. This gives you plenty of opportunity to hone your new skills!

We will explore how to adjust students with great sensitivity and how to help students in gaining awareness of their restrictions or hyper mobility. You will learn to adjust in a way that empowers the student and increases their own awareness of their mind-body. We will explore what it means to adjust in depth as well as how to give confident but sensitive physical adjustments.

Course Skills

  • Verbal adjustments-  how to describe the pose accurately so that the whole class has the best chance to come into the pose well
  • How to recognize the student most in need of adjustment
  • How to teach with the use of props to help students adjust their own pose
  • Why, when and how to give an adjustment, and when to “leave alone”
  • The healing nature of physical touch – experience of the prana
  • Knowledge of the functional anatomy, underlying restrictions in the physical body and how to support students to release these restrictions
  • Safety and the management of touch – how to tell if an adjustment is suitable on both they physical and emotional level
  • Awareness of the subtle body – the Koshas, Chakras and Vayus which inform your adjustments

Course Teachers

Laura Gilmore has taught Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in London and Bristol for the past 12 years. She leads the Bristol City Yoga teacher training programmes, and is certified to train teachers to the highest level. Laura sequences classes intelligently to enable students to move deep into the asana, whilst also discovering how to focus and still the mind. Laura is known for her intuitive teaching and sharing of the psychological and emotional healing yoga can unfold. Her teaching effortlessly integrates the yoga philosophy to enable students to discover the depths and joys of yoga and to live with more ease. Find out more about Laura.

Melanie Cooper has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1993.  Her main practice and love is Ashtanga yoga but she has also gained a huge amount from studying other styles such as Iyengar and Scaravelli. Both have made her practice and teaching richer and safer. Mel has also been very lucky to learn to practice and teach pranayama from Emil Wendle and to learn to teach teachers (and more) with Julie Martin in Goa. She also loved the intensity and discipline of learning ashtanga with Hamish Hendry in London and Guruji in Mysore. Another teacher who has had a big impact on her practice and teaching (especially my adjustments) is Nancy Gilgoff. Find out more about Mel

How to Sign up

It’s great to have you on board.  Click on the ‘Book Now’ button and follow the instructions on the enrolment form. We’ll be in contact!

Before your Course

You will be given reading materials throughout the course but if you want to get off to a flying start ahead of your first day then we recommend the following literature:

  • Mel Cooper – Teaching yoga Adjusting Asana. 2013.
  • Mark Stephens – Yoga adjustments. North Atlantic Books.


You will receive a BCY certificate of attendance to the course, for those of you on the BCY (or Yoga campus) Yoga Alliance Course this intensive counts towards your 500 hour diploma course.

Further information

No refunds, credits or transfers are available on cancellation of the course prior to, during or after the start date.

In extenuating circumstances courses can be deferred until a later date and a 10% deferral fee will be charged.

This course is bookable as a stand-alone intensive course or as part of our 500 hour teacher training course.

Getting to Bristol is very easy, more information can be found on our Contact page.

If you have any queries please contact us on  07828 202203 or

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