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Praise for Yoga Adjustments:
"Yoga Adjustments shows how to thoughtfully consider adjustments as more than manual manipulation. It's a sensible guide to the best use of verbal cues, hands-on cues, and pose demonstration... Drawing on almost a quarter century of practice, including time spent studying vinyasa, lyengar, and Ashtanga styles, [Stephens] synthesizes hard-earned wisdom within this book." —Yoga Journal
"Mark Stephens has presented us with an invaluable guidebook, not only for the yoga teacher, but for the student as well... Yoga Adjustments is an important addition to everyone's yoga library." —Creations Magazine
"Whether you're in training to be a teacher, just starting your teaching career, or a veteran with many years of experience, Mark Stephens' Yoga Adjustments will prove to be an invaluable resource. As with all his work, this book is written with intelligence, insight, and integrity."
—Richard Rosen, director of teacher training at Piedmont Yoga and author of Original Yoga

"I'm very excited about Mark Stephens' new book, which offers an invaluable service to the yoga community—teachers, aspiring teachers, and yoga students. As yoga's popularity grows, we need our yoga teachers to mature as well, and Mark has given them a superb guidebook for making smart, safe, clear asana adjustments that further our understanding and deepen our experience of yoga. In this way, the benefits of Mark's expertise extend beyond the yoga community by demonstrating how healthy environments can be created in which anybody can practice yoga with confidence."
—Cyndi Lee, founder of NYC’s Om Yoga and author of May I Be Happy and Yoga Body, Buddha Mind
"This book is an important contribution to the ongoing evolution of yoga teaching and practice. Hands-on adjustments provide a quick and amazing two-way communication stream between teacher and student. Used with or without verbal cues, they can bypass most abstract theory and induce good alignment to reveal how a pose might feel when balanced, open, flowing, and free. Conversely, adjustments can be mechanical and even manipulative, seductive, and harmful. Because of this powerful potential in both ways, we all need to look intelligently at their mechanics, purposes, and ethics. Stephens' Yoga Adjustments is a wonderfully detailed resource for our investigation."
—Richard Freeman, director of The Yoga Workshop and author of The Mirror of Yoga

"As someone who is regularly called upon to treat yoga students injured by ill-informed teachers, I can confidently say that Mark Stephens has done our community a wonderful service with his newest work, Yoga Adjustments. Along with Teaching Yoga and Yoga Sequencing, this book forms a trilogy of essential works for every yoga teacher who strives to be more sensitive, safe, and effective in their teaching."
—Leslie Kaminoff, founder of The Breathing Project, NYC, and coauthor of Yoga Anatomy
"Another monumental and much-needed work to guide yoga teachers in making safe and effective hands-on adjustments with their students. Once again Mark Stephens raises the bar and accelerates the evolutionary path of modern yoga. This book is an invaluable reference for today's and future teachers."
—Ganga White, founder and codirector of White Lotus Foundation and author of Yoga Beyond Belief
"Just as a good massage feels great and is healing, and a bad massage can be annoying, even painful and unpleasant, so it goes with hands-on assists in yoga. May this book encourage healing touch! Thank you, Mark, for making this information so accessible and clear!"
—Erich Schiffmann, founder of Freedom Style Yoga and author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
"I love that Mark Stephens has covered not just the biomechanics of hands-on assists and the spectrum from technical support to subtle energetic direction, but also the internal dynamics and ethics that the power of touch brings up in people of all walks of life. Mark offers practical insights, including the many dimensions of respecting a person's process, injuries, and tweaks, and the important boundaries that are necessary for entering this territory that is often like being a 'midwife of the embodied experience.' Mark brings understanding to the somatic power of touch and the role of hands-on assists in the unfolding of yoga. This is a book that will surely be serving teachers for a long time."
—Shiva Rea, founder of Prana Flow®–Energetic Vinyasa and author of Tending the Heart Fire
"We generally think of touch as from one person to another. In this book, Stephens reminds us that we must first be 'in touch' with ourselves and with our own yoga practice before adjusting another person's pose. Overall, the book focuses on practical application of adjustments, based on fundamental elements of an ethical personal practice. On asanas, Stephens states that the teacher should understand 'their benefits, risks, contraindications, preparatory asanas, alignment principals, energetic actions, common challenges, modifications, use of props.' Quite thorough, the step-by-step examples are threaded throughout with groundwork in both Western and yoga philosophy. It is a pleasure to read."  
—Lisa Walford, curriculum director of Yoga Works Teacher Training and senior certified Iyengar Yoga teacher
"Finally, the book I have been waiting for—a clear and thorough guide to hands-on assisting in yoga. Mark Stephens takes us from the guiding principles of touch, observation of students, and establishing intention for touching, through to specific verbal cues and hands-on instruction to support those cues. For teachers, he offers stances to safely ground ourselves while adjusting a student along with terminology for clarifying the various ways of touching for maximum effectiveness. Additionally, Mark provides clear guidance on how not to touch. All of this culminates in a comprehensive index of poses with verbal cues and clear photographs explaining the various options for hands-on assistance to provide greater alignment in the asanas. Never before have we teachers and students had such a concise guide available to us."
—Marion (Mugs) McConnell, founder of South Okanagan Yoga Academy, British Columbia
"A must-read for any yoga teacher looking to expand and deepen not only their knowledge of adjustments, but also of teaching asana as well. The level of detail and knowledge presented here is phenomenal."
—Chris Courtney, yoga teacher and editor-at-large of Elephant Journal

Présentation de l'éditeur

The quintessential guide to yoga assisting and hands-on teaching, Yoga Adjustments introduces the art and practice of providing yoga assists to yoga students. Addressing one of the most important topics in the yoga field, expert yoga instructor and best-selling author Mark Stephens covers the philosophy of yoga practice, the sensibilities of touch in teaching yoga and improving alignment, the seven principles of hands-on yoga teaching, and the twenty-five most effective methods of tactile cueing. An invaluable resource for all yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and serious yoga students, this book includes a foreword by yoga star Shiva Rea as well as over 850 unique instructional photos and explanatory captions demonstrating precise ways of guiding a variety of flowing sequences.

Opening with an in-depth discussion of the philosophy of yoga assisting, Part I--Foundations describes the methods and techniques of giving yoga assistance, with detailed discussions of all of the elements of yoga assisting including communicating with students, qualities of touch, the five basic steps of providing hands-on cues, hands-on positioning and stance.

Part II--Applications demonstrates how to assist students in each of over 100 postures in the seven families of asanas (poses). Each chapter begins with background on an asana family and close consideration of its foundation asana. Each asana is presented in a two-page spread with photos that show how to give students effective guidance and support. Part III--Evolution offers thoughts on the further development of yoga in the twenty-first century.

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Recommend this book for yoga teachers who wish to aligne their students correctly. Detailed explanation with heaps of photos. Rich teaching that not only benefits your students but also your own yoga practice.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Winner from Mark Stephens 9 juin 2014
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Mark Stephens has given the yoga world another excellent resource.

Yoga Adjustments addresses the subject of hands-on instruction, specifically, how to use touch to encourage improved alignment, provide support and guidance, and clarify instructions. As always, Mr Stephens’ approach is student-focused and sensitive. Ask permission before touching. Respect personal boundaries and know that these can change during a session. Teach to the abilities of the person in front of you. Guide the student toward developing awareness and awakening through the asanas.

The scope of the book covers everything from the purposes of touch to where and how (and how not) to touch. Stephens begins with the seven basic principles of hands-on teaching—teaching what you know, asking permission, clear intention, move and breathe with the student, staying safe, teaching the essential asana elements, and supporting stable foundations. From here, he moves on to defining the various responses we hope to elicit, from elongation and activation to stabilization and relaxation. He also is clear about types of touch that can confuse, injure, or cross personal boundaries. His five basic steps to giving hands-on cues and assistance include setting up the asana with a stable base, eliciting elongation and then motion of the spine, followed by refinement and deepening the asana. He outlines nine stances for positioning yourself to maximize stability, comfort, and safety, and nine different hand positions and motions for cueing.

Then the fun begins.

Stephens devotes seven chapters, one for each asana family, to a detailed application of these techniques to 99 asanas, showing specific hand placements for encouraging proper alignment and refinement. For example, for Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), he shows cueing for the hips to encourage posterior pelvic rotation, shoulders to draw them down and away from the ears, and knees to prevent splaying. Modifications include using a blanket under the top front of the pelvis to reduce pressure on the low back and to ease the weight of the position farther back, and a strap if it’s difficult for the student to grasp her ankles. The suggested progression is to explore Side Lying Bow. The section ends with references to pertinent pages in Teaching Yoga and Yoga Sequencing and Stephens’ website.

The descriptions for assuming the poses are the same as those given in Teaching Yoga. Some of the discussion of touch is also from that book, but in Yoga Adjustments, it is elaborated and expanded. It makes for a valuable companion volume to Stephens’ other books.

Motivated home practitioners will find the cues for individual asanas helpful in refining their poses, and will also benefit from the suggested modifications and progressions.

Thank you, Mr Stephens, for sharing your knowledge and philosophy with others. Yoga Adjustments is a worthy and important addition to anyone’s yoga library.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensive guide, but a bit lacking for working with more beginning students 23 juin 2016
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I purchased this book from Amazon after reviewing it extensively at a local bookstore. As a new yoga instructor, it looked like something that could be beneficial to me in further developing my skills for hands-on assists in class. (Because I work full-time as a psychologist, I currently teach 1 yoga class/week, a beginners class.)

Author Mark Stephens has created a comprehensive, thorough guide for performing yoga adjustments. Of course, it is difficult to learn this from a book, but still, Stephens has put together a manual that offers very detailed instructions to build on what most teachers have (hopefully) learned in their teacher training programs. Stephens is clearly extremely knowledgeable, and the book is well-organized, first describing basis for hands-on teaching and then going on to provide both photos and step-by-step guidelines for individual postures, broken down by asana category (e.g., Standing Asanas, Back Bends, etc.).

So given all of the above, I couldn't figure out why this book was not more helpful to me. Finally, the realization dawned on me--it is because all of the models performing the postures in the book are PERFECT! None of the models in the book looks at all like any of my students; they don't even appear to be in NEED of any type of adjustment. To the best of my knowledge, most of the adjustments described by Stephens are to assist students WHO ALREADY HAVE GOOD ALIGNMENT with getting deeper into the pose. In my beginners classes, however, I want to give my students assists so that they have better alignment, can achieve greater comfort in the pose, can do the posture in a way that is safe for their joints, etc. I would have loved if Stephens had addressed these issues and had included photos of models who were MIS-aligned and in need of adjustment, but this did not appear to be the focus of his book.

So in the end, although I do think this book is very well-done, I'm also somewhat disappointed with it. I would suggest that YOGA ADJUSTMENTS is best suited to teachers who are mostly working with experienced students and/or all-levels classes, not with beginners.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent discussion of touch; be cautious of overly specific instruction. 4 août 2014
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This book is a welcome addition to the literature on the teaching of asana. The first chapters do a good job of discussing the philosophical and ethical dimensions of touch in yoga teaching and yoga therapy. The current American climate of hysteria about sexual abuse has bred a concomitant fear of litigation which has persuaded many teachers never to touch students. One can make a good scientific argument that this position is unethical since touch can be said to be the sensory modality that drives human development as well as emotional healing. Many students, especially elders, come to yoga classes because its the only place they get touched and treated with respect. I was impressed with the depth and subtlety of these chapters.

The later chapters go into considerable detail about how to adjust, posture by posture. This is probably useful for those who don't have clear sense of how to usefully adjust someone. There is a danger here that people will simply imitate the book as many of us did learning asana in the 1970s and will not learn to see the totality of human movement and develop an intuitive sense of what is needed. One wishes the latter part of the book would have been devoted to developing this ability to see movement kinesiologically.

So taking the latter chapters with the aforementioned grain of salt, this is a very useful book and well with reading.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Poor quality format for excellent content 16 mai 2017
Par moonbeam - Publié sur
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Received all three yoga books from Amazon published by North Atlantic books and am greatly disappointed in the quality of the recycled paper, the faint print and blurred pictures...content is excellent, but the 1 1/8" paper binding will make the book less durable upon repeated opening and will be returned; Do you have another publisher that would use better quality much like Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy which is crisp print, better paper and durability because it is thinner.
These thick manuals would be better served by spiral binding at Staples if you intend to use them frequently. The author think the earlier editions from Random House may have been better, but has not provided contact information, so despite excellent content, the books are going back.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great resource for teachers 8 juin 2014
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In my experience this is very useful book in guiding the vast array of students that may come to your class. Stephen's does a great job of recognizing the uniqueness of physical and emotional qualities that each student brings to the mat. This book sets up a strong foundation of knowledge and guiding principles that apply to all adjustments, but that you can adapt to each individual need. It offers alignment cues on how to correctly guide students into a pose, then goes on to explore possible adjustments. Stephens offers both images and text to clarify the explanation of adjustments which has proven to be incredibly useful. For each pose he also offers ways to explore deeper or how to modify. As a teacher, I appreciate the realistic, easy to understand feel of this book.

One things I really like about this(and Stephen's previous 2 books) is how he recognizes and talks about the roots of this ancient practice, while making the information relevant to the place where yoga is today.
He builds a strong foundation in philosophy, history, and principles before going into detailed descriptions of set up and adjustment for a huge number of asanas. I like that this book has such strong alignment and structural foundations but also talks about the more subtle, energetic and spiritual side of this practice. Stephens does a good job of reminding us of the strength of each person's inner teacher. As we are adjusting, guiding, and teaching we are helping students find and recognize this inner light.

Great book, would definitely recommend it to anyone on the teaching path!
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