On International Yoga Day, it's nice to be mentioned in this new article by Jessica Matthews and the American Council on Exercise this month!
4. OFFER INCLUSIVE CLASSES
In addition to understanding biomechanics and basic alignment principles, it’s crucial to offer progressions and regressions of each pose in order to best serve a wide variety of students, says Claudia Micco, E-RYT 500, YogaFit master trainer and wellness program coordinator for The Ritz Carlton Spa and Resort in Kapalua, Maui. “Providing modifications allows your students to let the pose fit their bodies without trying to force or strain into a position.” In addition to adapting the postures to allow for steadiness in each pose, Micco also recommends that teachers utilize positive and inclusive language to create a memorable, multi-level experience that is rooted in empathy and compassion. “As teachers, it’s imperative that we practice ahimsa, or non-violence, in our thoughts, actions and speech,” notes Micco. “There’s no place for negativity in a yoga class.”