Down Under School of Yoga believes that the art of assisting is a craft in its own right. While a teacher uses words and imagery to guide students, a gifted assistant can translate those words into action, teaching students through touch.
In Iyengar classes, assistants adjust the alignment of students’ poses or work with particular individuals needing therapeutic or special attention. In Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes, an assistant moves quietly through the room translating the teacher’s instructions into physical form, offering corrective and deepening adjustments that enhance the students’ understanding of each pose. The guidance of a good assistant can be profound and students often express great appreciation for the steady presence of an assistant week after week. It is a deeply rewarding role, a form of seva (sacred service).