What's wrong with this pose? Nothing. Nothing at all if you are super flexible and have a healthy spine. But there are many people for whom practicing this pose is unhelpful (and, depending on your spinal health, dangerous). That's why this pose (it's called Kurmasana) doesn't show up in our Yoga Therapy professional trainings.
So what DO we teach?
The answer is: We teach yoga teachers and wellbeing professionals to offer whatever practices are appropriate for the people who come to them for support.
- For a student with back pain, that might be a simple asana practice, designed to release tension and strengthen the back.
- For a student with an autoimmune disease, it might be a series of Vata reducing techniques that increase vagal tone.
- A student with asthma may be taught a simple dynamic forward bending practice, designed to lengthen the exhalation.
- A client with social anxiety may learn deep relaxation techniques and be offered a mantra.
Students in our professional yoga therapy trainings learn a broad range of therapeutic yoga practices, including postures, breathing techniques, chanting and meditation. They also learn to creatively adapt every practice to meet the individual needs of every student they work with.
Our students 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 Therapy.
Strong, physically challenging postures are great for some people, but, as a yoga therapy training school, we specialise in supporting students who don't match the idealised image of a yogi - you, thin and bendy. Our students - and those training to become yoga therapists - come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. T
Adore Yoga is where yoga teachers and wellbeing professionals such as counsellors, coaches and social workers, 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 training in Yoga Therapy with Adore Yoga.