Defining & Teaching Alignment

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we define alignment and a general approach to teaching it.


Clearly understand why and how to teach people as opposed to poses, and techniques for empowering students to learn alignment “from the inside.”


Define and discuss the term, “alignment.” Explain the goal of alignment and discuss possible outcomes from healthy alignment, such as joint functioning, the free flow of prana and a sense of mental-emotional-spiritual integration. Consider the differences between the human body and buildings or machines. Explain why no alignment teaching works for all students. Discuss teaching people vs poses and the maturity required to consider principles — not dictate rules. Propose priorities in teaching alignment. Discuss the subject of “proper” alignment. Explore the value in empowering students to learn alignment “from the inside” and how this can be accomplished.

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