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Alignment Cueing: Introduction to Choosing Cues & The Difficulty with Cueing

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we apply knowledge about physiology and alignment principles to the act of choosing pose cues.

Objective

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

Description

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.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What are some categories of cues at your disposal?
  2. While anatomical cues can be highly useful and effective, how can they also hinder some students?
  3. What is the intent and value in asking students questions about what they are feeling?
  4. When offering alignment cues to an individual, how might you begin?
  5. What is the primary point, or fundamental understanding, related to alignment?
  6. How does this primary point inform our effort to provide generally useful cues?
  7. 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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