Yoga Deconstructed: Movement Science Principles for Teaching
I enjoyed this book so much that I joined Trina Altman’s Online Book Club (https://trinaaltman.com/book-club/) to do a deeper dive into her Yoga Deconstructed principles. Yoga Deconstructed is an approach to sequencing your yoga classes that incorporates movement modalities beyond traditional asana. The approach is meant to help students reduce risk of injury while introducing new movement and mindfulness patterns.
As someone who wasn’t previously very familiar with somatic exercises, I found the incorporation of these movement practices to bring a breath of fresh air to a “regular” yoga class. Trina’s approach to regressions and progressions was also helpful – presenting them not as ways to “up level” or “down level” a pose, but rather as techniques to better prepare joints for load.
Overall, this is an intelligently written book jam-packed with specific techniques and knowledge for working with students that may be suffering from repetitive stress injuries, returning from physical therapy or recovering from injury, or students that are hyper-mobile. I personally am not hyper-mobile, so it was really great to read about someone’s first-hand experience with it and learn how to help those with hyper mobile joints avoid injury.