Ashtanga Adjustment Training – TTC
The patterns of good (asana) teaching.
You will see how Grischa's whole teaching approach is based on a deep understanding of the meaning of Yoga practice in general as taught in the ancient scriptures. His Mysore Style teaching approach that is based on decades of inquiry into the purpose and goals of the practice. Ashtanga Yoga uses an intense physical approach, therefore we will be looking at different adjustments / assists for key poses of the primary and intermediate series that transmit this understanding. It's a pattern-based approach that allows you to customize your teaching on the fly for each single student. In this training you will have time to practice a few interesting assists. More importantly you will learn the alignment blueprints of good practice. That allows you to invent specific adjustments for practically every single pose and for any possible type of student - including yourself.
Intelligent assists educate the student
With intelligent assists all students can be guided into practically every pose if the teacher understands the underlying physiology and psychology that create restrictions. Poses are in fact constructed for revealing problematic patterns of posture and movement. As long as there are obstacles to good practice, there is no point in "pushing" a student. The forces rather need to be re-directed and reduced for proper results according to Yoga Sutra (verse II.47). Good adjustments are educating the student rather than fixing his or her external form from the outside.
Forceful adjustments cause injuries
Thousands of practitioners got injured by the "pushy" mindset of too many teachers. It's a shame because there is nothing more stupid than using force. Force is fighting against the body rather than assisting the student to solve the interesting "problems" every pose presents to them. Forceful adjustments always have negative impacts for both student and teacher. The difference feels like magic!
How can I learn more about "Ashtanga Adjustment Training - TTC"?
Asana is incomplete with Pranayama, practice without good alignment is harmful, Yoga practice without knowing the “philosophy” has no orientation.
All components of Yoga practice need each other. Therefore all of Grischa’s Retreat intensives are as complete as they can possibly be.
Many practitioners today learn only fractions of Yoga practices, in almost all cases only about the asana layer. If you are lucky to even hear about the other (much more powerful) practices, you normally need to find different teachers for different topics. But that is very problematic.
There are for example only few philosophy teachers and those often times have no idea about pranayama or asana. The experience shows, that studying from different teachers is fruitless. The teachings are unconnected and often not based on concrete experiences. But theoretical Yoga knowledge is useless just like “practice” without knowledge is ridiculous.
As teachers we MUST know and practice all yogic components. And we MUST know the theoretical foundation of all practices.
That is how Grischa has learnt it from his teacher Richard Freeman. You know why there is no alternative to this approach once you have experienced the difference between a mere asana teacher and one who has done his or her homework.