How to Give Hands On Adjustments in Yoga Classes | 55 minute lesson



A intro lesson on how to give hands on assists and adjustments in your in-person yoga classes. I am using the book Yoga Adjustments by Mark Stephans. For more trainings like this, join my yoga teacher mentorship membership, Ashes Academy, at

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TIMESTAMPS
00:00 Introduction
03:36 7 Principles of Hands On Adjustments
16:38 Creating a Yoga Intake Form
24:25 How NOT to touch students
29:58 How to Make Adjustments
40:42 Your Stance when Adjusting
47:19 Ashley’s Savasana Adjustment

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Ashley Hagen (E-RYT), started practicing yoga in 2010 to help improve her performance as a college athlete. In 2013, after experiencing the benefits of a daily yoga practice, she received her 200-hr yoga teacher certification and began teaching vinyasa yoga, the most accessible style of power yoga. Her classes are fun, yet challenging with focus on finding the yogi warrior within. She also mentors new yoga teachers develop confidence to teach with ease and authenticity. Find more at

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9 comments

  1. Hi Ashley,
    Great content as always. I'm not able to download your notes. Can you guide me on that. Thanks 😊❤️

  2. Ashley, I’m sorry, you might’ve already responded to this. I’m wondering what kind of camera you use to film.

  3. Thanks Ashley. Great tips! The one thing that I find confusing is with regard to getting permission to give adjustments. You mentioned that asking for permission from everyone (probably at the beginning of class) by asking those who don’t want adjustments to raise their hands (maybe when they are in child’s pose so the whole class doesn’t see) could potentially ruin their concentration or distract them from what they are doing at that moment. Therefore, it is not recommended. But how is that any different from approaching a student and asking them if you can adjust them on the spot? Also, how do you get permission to adjust students during savasana if I don’t ask them sometime prior, given that most students have their eyes closed? Thanks again 🙏

  4. Fantastic yoga 😊I’ve just taking up yoga and oh my your a fantastic teacher 😊strange thing your hair is lovely you should do a video with you playing with your hair 😂❤️

  5. THANK YOU! this is the next step in making my teaching more dynamic and 4 dimensional. I started teaching during the pandemic so even leaving my mat and walking the room more was a new thing for me. Covid just really limited us for a while. I appreciate this!

  6. So good, Ashley! As a student, I absolutely enjoy receiving the leg sway adjustment in savasana! Excellent tip to demo what I plan to do for a savasana adjustment on a volunteer before starting class. Entire video is very worthwhile to me as a new yoga teacher. I had one teacher start class with everyone in savasana with eyes closed doing breathe work. While we were there, the instructor asked those who did not want "hands on" adjustments during this class to raise a hand. As long as the size of the class is manageable and you can remember those who said, "no thanks today", that could work. Thank you!

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