Aided yoga is interactive. We work together. We collaborate. I guide you where to feel how you move. I help you feel as you extend and engage. I guide you in response to what you feel and what you can do. I help you to feel, use, and benefit from how you specifically align and engage.
Other practices could mislead understanding, so it is clearer to tell you what this is not. This is not pushing you into a pose. This is not Thai. You are not passive. This is not massage. And we do not use complicated poses for this.
An example can help understand how we will do this together. Your strongest hip flexors (your iliacus & psoas) are also deep inside you. They’re hard to reach, and you probably don’t notice them. Having your hip flexors tight can tilt your pelvis in ways that contribute to discomfort. And your psoas can contribute to common discomfort in your lower back.
We can easily touch these muscles in only a few places, and that is helpful. I will guide you to find where. We can extend these muscles, but to do so you need to feel specifically how you align. We can feel what we cannot see. We use aided yoga together for you to learn to feel how you align.
The well known warrior 1 pose by Krishnamacharya will extend your hip flexors. And I can guide you to feel how to align to extend your deep hip flexors. But that pose is not an easy way to learn to feel this and use it.
I use stable and supported poses to teach: they help simplify and help you focus on how you extend and engage. Doing warrior 1 standing people often attempt to over extend and under use their butts. I teach variations of warrior 1 on the chair and mat. Doing aided yoga together, we will do warrior 1 kneeling. It is stable and supported. From this comfortable pose you can more easily focus as I guide you to feel as your extend your hip flexors and engage your butt.
Another example, moving up your torso. Your ql muscles also often contribute to discomfort in your lower back. They are much easier to touch than your deep hip flexors, but you still probably don’t notice them and just notice the discomfort.
Doing aided yoga together we can use pyramid rest pose and have you feel your chest move as you extend one arm. Then let your knees fall to one side and extend your opposite arm and feel as your ribs pull away from your pelvis and extend your ql muscle.
And another example: uneven or tight groin muscles can make you move in ways that contribute to discomfort. We can use bound angle, tree, and warrior 2 poses to extend some of these muscles, but many people find those poses difficult.
And you have 5 groin muscles on each side. Each doing something slightly different than the other 4. If you have something uneven or tight, we want to find which one.
Doing aided yoga together for these muscles we will use a wide, stable cat-cow pose, and reclined poses, and stable poses on our knees. I guide you how to feel and extend these muscles.
We do aided yoga together with many simple and simplified poses.