Choosing Alignment Cues Introduction – Choosing Cues & The Difficulty with Cueing (for Yoga Teachers)

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we set a clear philosophical foundation from which to choose pose cues.


Be clear that no alignment teaching will work for all students while exploring cues that may work in a reasonably broad set of situations, and acknowledging cues that may be problematic.


Describe categories of teaching cues and how anatomical cues may hinder some students. Describe the intent and value in asking students questions about what they are feeling and how you might begin to offer alignment cues to various students. Explain how the fundamental principle of alignment being more about the individual than the pose informs decisions about choosing generally useful cues. Describe an example of how a cue such as “draw your shoulder blades down your back” can be over-applied or mis-applied.

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