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The Art of Skillful Adjustment with John Schumacher


  • Serendipity Retreat Center 102 Hull Drive Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 USA (map)

As yoga teachers we strive to improve our students’ performance by guiding them to safer and more effective ways to work. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adjusting their poses. We can do it verbally, by visually demonstrating the proper method, or by hands-on corrections.
First, however, we need to see what must be done. Observing what is happening, who needs attention most, where to go first: all are key elements in seeing the class and the students in it.
Then comes the art of adjusting. Skill in manually adjusting your students is learned over time and is based on the depth and intelligence of your own practice, but there are some basic principles that form the foundation for giving good adjustments.
In the morning sessions we will focus on seeing a class and the students in it and work on what to look for, what to avoid, and the mechanics of observation. We will also study and practice. We will examine some of the techniques you can use to make effective adjustments. As always, we will practice teach in the afternoon sessions to help you refine your skills as a teacher. Optional early morning practices are open to all.


John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washington’s premier yoga studio. He has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and has taught in the Washington area since 1973. John studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years, and is a certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the U.S. to hold that level of certification. John also spent many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman.

Workshop Level: Serious students & Teachers-in-Training

Phone Number: (301) 656-8992