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Lesson Overview

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

Objective

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

Description

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.

Questions Answered Here

  1. In yoga teaching, what words are typically synonymous with “adaptation?”
  2. What is meant by “adaptation principles” and how is adaptation similar and different from “generic” teaching and from therapeutics?
  3. Give two examples of a yoga teacher using adaptation principles in teaching.
  4. Name three topics to become familiar with as background knowledge before considering how to approach an individual situation.
  5. Why is it important to know if a student is taking pain medication?
  6. Describe six principles that can guide a general approach when addressing an individual situation.
  7. Describe five foundations upon which adaptive practice relies.
  8. How might teachers help students to experience an injury as their teacher?

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