Adjustments, assists, and when/how to say no

It’s your practice, afterall.

Why do we assist in yoga and Pilates?

Physical adjustments are often made to help students find balance or alignment, keep safe, move into a deeper expression of a posture, or to simply relax in Savasana.

At BodyMindLife, our teachers have each been trained in the art of hands-on assists and you’ll often see the practice in class.

But this doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

In yoga and Pilates, your time spent on the mat or reformer is yours. While our teachers are there to support and guide you, the practice is your own and only you know what feels right. And this can change from class to class. It’s the nature of both disciplines and in fact, life, that our emotions and physical abilities vary from one day to the next.

Touch is one the most personal connections we can have. And depending on how we feel in the moment, it can be transformative in a yoga or Pilates class or it can be the very last thing we need.

So, what do you do if you don’t want a physical assist at BodyMindLife?

Near the entrance of each studio, we’ve placed a box of ‘do not assist’ chips that you’ll see sign posted.

Simply pick one of these up when you arrive in class and pop the chip at the top corner of your mat or reformer for the duration of the session. Our teachers know to look out for these signs and no explanation is needed.

After class has wrapped up, please return the chip to the box.

Note if you’re practising with an injury or you’re pregnant, it’s still really important to let your teacher know before you get started.

Questions or comments on adjustments at BodyMindLife?

We’d love to hear from you. Please speak with your teacher, the team at reception or drop us a line via our contact page.