Adaptation Principles / Adaptive Principles / Customization for Yoga Teachers + Downloadable Cheat Sheet

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we lay the foundation for approaching the complex subject of adapting for individual needs.


Understand the difference between adaptation vs. generic teachings vs. therapeutics and become aware of adaptation principles that can serve as a foundation from which to base your decisions.


Explain what is meant by “adaptation principles” and how this subject is similar and different from therapeutics. Provide examples of a yoga teacher using adaptation principles in teaching. Name topics to become familiar with as background knowledge before considering how to approach an individual situation. Explain why it’s important to know if a student is taking pain medication. Describe six principles that can guide a general approach when addressing an individual situation and five foundations upon which adaptive practice relies. Describe you might help students to experience an injury as their teacher.

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