Is Modification A Dirty Word?Oct 26, 2022
✨ Tuesday Tip of the Week ✨
Is modification a dirty word?
Should we be using the word modification in our yoga classes? As in "here is a way to modify this side angle pose" or "place your left hand on a block to modify this lunge twist".
I personally think modification teeters on being a "dirty" word when we use it to imply there is a "right" way to do this pose, but if you "can't", here is a "modified way."
However, on the flip side I was reading the print copy on my website and I state to my target audience (my corporate decision maker): "we go the extra mile to make the classes inviting and full of modifications for all levels".
At this moment I am still liking that use of "modification" because it clearly tells my target audience that my teachers and I are capable of teaching to all levels and to offer various options for each pose.
However, I have trained myself over the years to stop using the word "modification" with my yoga students and instead I practice stating phrases such as:
- "Here are several arm options for this warrior 1.....(illustrate) pick the one that feels best."
- "Let's explore various ways we can play with this tree pose (illustrate). Try some of these options and settle into the one that feels both challenging and safe for you."
- "Let's get those outer hips open. They become tight from sitting all day. Here are a few ways to open the outer hips (illustrate)."
So, what do you think? Is "modification" a dirty word?
Should we keep it in our yoga teaching or substitute it for other words?
There is no right or wrong here. Just personal ways of teaching.
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