My most recent spell spent at a shala has left me feeling overadjusted. So I have to mention this quote from Matthew Sweeney’s new book:

This posture is often over adjusted, analysed and manipulated by teachers and students. It may be best to leave it alone. It will gradually develop just fine without your interference.

In this case, he’s referring to downward dog. But I wonder… Once you see the direction a posture is going, once you understand the mechanics and the shape, is there really any pose to which this doesn’t apply?

Whether or not you think that’s the case, you have to admit this is a great attitude to take to a daily, life-long practice.


2 Responses

  1. True, and there is also a whole dialogue to be had here for those who are doing the adjusting (and MS got into this in the afternoon workshops in MN, too): when does one observe, or adjust verbally, or adjust physically? Why? How much? To teach what? Big ole chewy questions. Recently in a 1-on-1 class where I basically watched one of my students do the first half of Primary, I gave almost exclusively verbal adjustments.

  2. It’s interesting though, I was talking to Cary about how some people adopt an adjustment into their body and change the way they do the posture, and others are very resistant.. For instance they may need to widen their stance in down dog or parsvakonasana, but you can tell them and adjust them every single day, and they will not budge from their habit / preferred way.

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