Touch & Adjustment Teacher Intensive

Noah Mazé & Peach Friedman - Global Online
September 13-16 2020

Join Peach and Noah for this in-depth exploration of the topic and modality of touch yoga. Over these 4 days we will dive deeply into practical application for the use of physical touch, assists, spotting, and hands on adjustments. We will explore the territory of consent, gender dynamics, cultural considerations, power dynamics, power inequity of teacher-student relationship, scope of practice and ethics as it relates to physical touch in general, in yoga communities, and in the yoga room.

The subject of continual cultural and personal debate, physical touch/assists/adjustments at their best serve as effective and precise teaching tools and methods of somatic communication, and a doorway to support students as they navigate their practice and deepen their relationship to poses. Yet when performed without skillful application and thoughtful attention to our role as teacher, and the world of possibility of our students’ experience, they can do great harm, even when well intended.

Expect to dive into:

  • Observation: how to see your students and how to know the limits of what you can see
  • Increase your pose knowledge and applied anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics
  • Expand your teaching tools and refine your integration of hands on adjustments in concert with your sequence, verbal cues, postural demonstrations, prop work etc.
  • Examine your teaching goals, your role as teacher, your teaching style, and evaluate the methodologies you use to accomplish your teaching goals
  • Practice setting and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Receptivity: refine your ability to assess your students’ goals, which may be different than yours, and your ability to compassionately help them make progress towards their goals
  • Engaging in sincere dialogue on consent, power and authority, teacher/student relationship, ethical and legal considerations, and why touch can be healing or traumatic
  • Participation of giving and receiving effective feedback with your peers, your teachers, and with your students.
  • How to assess who you should touch, and when, and skillful alternatives to physical touch
  • Understanding and practice of different types and purposes of touch, and how to assess what type of touch to use, and when
  • How to align your teaching aim with your adjusting approach
  • Considerations for physical injury and limitations; both yours and theirs.
  • Regression and progression strategies to increase your ability to help every student, from beginner to advanced, in a wide range of flexibility and strength
  • Creation and refinement of your approach to hands on adjustments, and learn to articulate your adjustments “policy” in ways that align with your teaching aims, your authentic style, the needs of each student, the community and context/setting/culture that you teach in

Expect to engage in open practices of asking for consent, to receive adjustments, and to offer manual adjustments in this program. We will explore the use of touch, assists and adjustments in a full spectrum of yoga-asana and movement, from basic poses to intermediate/advanced peak poses, including sun salutations and vinyasa, standing poses, forward folds, back bends, twists, and inversions. Each day Peach and Noah will lead practices of asana and mindful movement, contemplation and meditation, and discussion. Addititionally, you will have homework topics each night to prepare for the next day, as well as ongoing recommendations for further study.

This course is highly recommended for yoga teachers with an interest in furthering the conversation around hands-on adjustments in the yoga room, and for yoga teachers who seek to examine and refine their relationship with touch. Prerequisite: completion of a YTT200 or equivalent.

This course counts towards The Mazé Method’s 300 hour program and is accredited through the Yoga Alliance and counts towards 32 hours of contact continuing education hours.

Dates

September 13-16 2020

TIMES
10am to 6pm

Full participation in real time is highly recommended to maximize your online learning in a group environment. However, life is busy and full participation is not always possible. All sessions are archived and available within 24 hours after each ends (and in most cases sooner). Usually students may engage with missed sessions later on the same day of offering.  

Additionally, the perk of learning online is students may repeat sessions at a later time. There is always more to learn and repetition is sometimes useful and always a great resource. Despite when you participate, students may earn credit; as we are able to verify and track your participation. While we prefer real time student participation, anyone not participating live can still have an exceptionally rich and rewarding experience.

Expect to dive into:

  • Observation: how to see your students and how to know the limits of what you can see
  • Increase your pose knowledge and applied anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics
  • Expand your teaching tools and refine your integration of hands on adjustments in concert with your sequence, verbal cues, postural demonstrations, prop work etc.
  • Examine your teaching goals, your role as teacher, your teaching style, and evaluate the methodologies you use to accomplish your teaching goals
  • Practice setting and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Receptivity: refine your ability to assess your students’ goals, which may be different than yours, and your ability to compassionately help them make progress towards their goals
  • Engaging in sincere dialogue on consent, power and authority, teacher/student relationship, ethical and legal considerations, and why touch can be healing or traumatic
  • Participation of giving and receiving effective feedback with your peers, your teachers, and with your students.
  • How to assess who you should touch, and when, and skillful alternatives to physical touch
  • Understanding and practice of different types and purposes of touch, and how to assess what type of touch to use, and when
  • How to align your teaching aim with your adjusting approach
  • Considerations for physical injury and limitations; both yours and theirs.
  • Regression and progression strategies to increase your ability to help every student, from beginner to advanced, in a wide range of flexibility and strength
  • Creation and refinement of your approach to hands on adjustments, and learn to articulate your adjustments “policy” in ways that align with your teaching aims, your authentic style, the needs of each student, the community and context/setting/culture that you teach in
Pay In Full by August 1: USD $900
Pay In Full After August 1: USD $1,000
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Global Online

Details to be provided prior to program start.

Completion of YTT200 or equivalent

This training is led by Noah Mazé & Peach Friedman.

“I would definitely recommend this program, and I already have. It was top notch in quality and quantity of material, as well as in support and openness and communication. Noah’s unique experience has produced an unparalleled leader, facilitator, and guide. Lessons learned in our training modules have extended far beyond the scope of yoga into life and relating to others in a more effective manner. I received SO MUCH, this training goes above and beyond for any student wanting to deepen their skills, gain confidence, and reach a new level of mastery in yoga.”

“Noah is inspiring and exhibits an unparalleled mastery of teaching. For some time now, I have been contemplating the notion, “be impeccable with your word.” I tried to think of people who embody this and would often come up empty until I met Noah. Noah is careful with his words, exhibits accuracy, accountability, and thoughtful articulation. These are important qualities in an effective leader. When Noah speaks, people listen – and they take it to heart. Along with that, he also embodies creativity, playfulness, humor, sensitivity, and ardor. All of these qualities make for a very well-rounded, inspiring leader and I feel honored to have received guidance and to have learned such a great deal, not just about yoga, but about life.”

For more information about the program or the curriculum contact Tracy:
Email: yogamaze@icloud.com
Phone: (310) 871-8808