ASSISTING & ALIGNMENT SCHOOL
Enrich your understanding of the traditional technique and philosophy of hands-on adjustments and alignment principles, all from your own home.
For the second year in a row, we’re offering our most well-known course - virtually.
Assisting & Alignment School is an immersive program carefully created with an aim to communicate a thorough knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga technique.
THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO:
Feel more confident when giving safe hands-on adjustments
Learn how to give/receive clear and correct alignment cues
Increase your knowledge of yoga anatomy
Explore new ways to communicate effectively as a student/teacher in the Mysore room
“The assisting school was very good and definitely worth taking even online: lots of clear and precise information on how to assist and I really enjoyed the anatomy with Arielle who is an amazing teacher and the mindfulness with Sandra. David and Jelena support students in their practice and give them confidence to assist and adjust (and this is not easy with an online course.) All their courses are well thought out, interactive , comprehensive and FUN.” - Cecile Payne (2020 Assisting School Student)
“It was amazing to finally be able to take this course with David and Jelena. They have assembled a full curriculum with amazing teachers to take you deeper into your own understanding of the practice and to give you the confidence to share this knowledge with others. The information is presented in multiple ways from David and Jelena’s experience in the Shala, Arielle’s insightful functional anatomy, and the psychotherapy perspectives offered from Sandra. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to deepen their practice, strengthen their teaching, or looking to connect more deeply to the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga.” - CJ Fritts - Assisting School 2020 Student
“Besides great structured classes, clear guidance, dedication in sharing knowledge and experience, patience in answering all of your questions, I’m deeply grateful and inspired by the care, support and kindness of teachers and all AYCT team. Special thanks to Meghan for organizing informal study group classes and extra practice time.” - Manuela Kan (2020 Assisting School Student)
“Assisting School Online 2020 is a well-structured and comprehensive course perfect for Ashtanga teachers and those wishing to deepen their practice. David and Jelena are clear, patient, and passionate teachers whose love of yoga is apparent and contagious (in a good way). Taking this course was a truly rewarding and enriching experience. I have grown as an Ashtangi and as a person.” Jessica Murphy (2020 Assisting School Student)
Adjustment Techniques – 12 hours
This section is the main focus of our Assisting & Alignment School:
Our aim is for you to gain the tools you need to safely assist and adjust students. These live workshops, taught by David Robson and Jelena Vesić, will cover many diverse techniques and options for assisting.
The teaching will also focus on how to assist and support students with back, knee, shoulder and hip injuries as well as detecting potential issues that may lead to discomfort or pain.
Practice Teaching with Verbal Cues & Corrections - 3 hours
Now more than ever, being skilled and confident in offering verbal corrections is so important. In this section of the course you’ll have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of these skills.
During these 2 small group sessions, you’ll have a chance to practice your verbal cues and corrections in an online class setting. David & Jelena will be there to observe and offer insightful feedback.
Ashtanga Practice – 18 hours
The way we learn to help others best really comes from our own practice and experience.
As a part of this course, Assisting School participants will have full access to daily livestream Mysore-style with David, Jelena and AYCT teachers Lisa Novembre & Nathan Wilton.
In addition, we'll have weekly Led Primary Series, and Pranayama & Meditation classes with David & Jelena.
Anatomy – 6 hours
Proper knowledge of movement mechanics and integrated anatomy will help you to give safe and effective individual adjustments with confidence. This portion of the course goes beyond basic muscle and bone anatomy, covering all the body’s systems and introduces the fascial lines. This segment provides a holistic understanding of how the body functions and responds to specific adjustments. This portion of the course will be taught by Arielle Nash.
Listening Skills & Mindfulness– 4.5 hours
A unique part of Mysore style practice is the dialogue that opens up between teacher and student. Psychotherapist and Ashtangi, Sandra Pribanić will lead a series of classes aimed to help practitioners expand self-awareness on and off the mat. You’ll learn listening techniques to create awareness of student’s needs, and create a safe space for deepening the inward journey that daily Ashtanga practice opens up.
Upon Completion Of This Intensive Program, You’ll Have:
A deepened understanding of various adjustment techniques and modifications.
The ability to detect alignment mistakes and know how to correct postures both verbally and physically with precise cueing taught by David and Jelena.
An awareness of functional anatomy through training with expert Arielle Nash.
The skills to actively listen to and help students from exploratory sessions with psychotherapist Sandra Pribanić.
Program Tuition Includes:
- 40+ hours of online livestream teaching ($1600 value)
- Assisting School Manual PDF ($50 value)
- Access to our closed discussion group for Assisting School Students
- Certificate of Completion *new*
- BONUS: First 20 students to enroll will receive a branded AYCT tank FREE! ($40 value)
This comprehensive online course is valued at $1,690.
All pricing is in USD. No refunds once purchased.
About David and Jelena
David Robson is a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, in the tradition of Sharath Yoga Centre (SYC). David is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, where he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India.
David began a daily practice in 1998 while at university studying Comparative Religion. After graduating, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned to Mysore annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching.
In 2007, David was Authorized to teach Ashtanga and now holds a level 2 authorization.
Jelena first came to yoga through dance. As a former ballet dancer of 16 years, the structure and rigour of the Ashtanga Yoga practice felt like home. Drawn to the discipline, mindfulness of the movement and emphasis on the breath, Jelena made the Ashtanga practice her sole focus in 2009.
Jelena has maintained a daily Ashtanga practice for over a decade. She’s made two trips to Mysore, India to study with her teacher, Sharath Jois.
Lastly, Jelena’s true passion lies in promoting rescue and adoption of (street) dogs. You can often find her sharing her love for #adoptdontshop on her IG, and sharing the joys of living with her two fur-babies, Boksoon and Khani, both celebrities in their own right.