What's wrong with this pose? Nothing. Nothing at all if you are super flexible. But there are many people for whom practicing this pose is unhelpful (and, depending on your spinal health, dangerous). That's why we don't include this pose (it's called Kurmasana) in our 200hr yoga teacher program. We don't teach it in our studio classes either.
So what DO we teach?
The answer is: Whatever is appropriate for the people who come to our classes. Some days that can be slow and relaxing. Other days it can be invigorating and active. Our students enjoy a broad range of yoga practices, including postures, breathing techniques, chanting and meditation, and every practice is adapted to meet the individual needs of each student in the room. We can do that because there are never more than 8 people in the room.
And that's what our yoga teacher trainees learn. A range of yoga practices that are creatively adapted to work for every student. They learn to work with different body types, abilities and age groups, closely observing students to make the practice works for THEM rather than trying to force the students to adapt to the postures.
There's no 'one size fits all' at Adore Yoga.
Strong, physically challenging postures are great for some people, but, as a yoga therapy centre, we work with students who don't match the idealised image of a yogi - you, thin and bendy. Our students (and teacher trainees) come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. The Mosman studio is wheelchair accessible so nobody is turned away (no, you don't need to be able to walk to practice, or teach, yoga).
Adore Yoga is where teacher trainees come to learn how to support people in their community with yoga. They want to learn how to connect with and help real, everyday people. That doesn't look as glamourous as the magazine pictures of perfect yogis, but it's making a difference to the health and wellbeing of many people, one adaptive yoga class at a time.
Learn more about Adore Yoga 200hr Teacher Training.
Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.