Alignments & Assists

Confidence - GuidancE - Observation

Yoga Alliance - 30 HR Continuing Education Course


 January 12 - 17, 2019

The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar


As teachers, it is important we are available to assist our students throughout the class to give them a holistic experience of alignment. That means we need to get off our mat, OBSERVE the room, and make adjustments along the way. We as teachers are the guide and our students come into the class looking for this support. We can offer this alignment in many ways; verbal, demonstration, spiritual and hands on. 

My approach is through healing touch. There are many courses being taught that give little to no attention on hands on assists yet it’s always something Yoga Teachers are inspired to learn.


This Thai Massage influenced hands on approach is designed to bring confidence to the teacher and to help the student deepen their experience in the pose by feeling a direct, firm and hands-on touch.

Each day we will talk about the theory behind assists as well as move through each of the spinal directions and their associated poses moving from common poses to more advanced. We go through an in depth asana analysis on each posture in addition to learning hands on approach to the pose

Daily Schedule:

Day 1: Theory + Spinal Directions

Day 2: Flexion

Day 3: Extension

Day 4: Lateral Flexion/Extension, Axial Extension

Day 5: Axial Rotation

Using a hands on approach is an effective way of understanding the alignment of body, mind and spirit. There is a lot of taboo around touch in a classroom, but done in a professional way, this can not be misunderstood. With a teachers pure intention to help guide their students into a deepened experience, there is no reason why we wouldn’t be able to use the modality of a hands on experience.


When this course is complete you will learn:

Proper alignment of poses

To build confidence

Thai Massage based Hands on Assists

Maintain structural integrity of the pose

Directional movements of the spine


When to pull back versus deepen

Different Styles of Hands on assists

Spacial Awareness

Get off your mat


Psychology of a student in the classroom

How to assist an emotional response to the practice

Increased anatomical awareness



Meet your Facilitator: 


Randi Schiffman

Randi is the founder of SuryaFlow: The Art of Sacred Movement, a philosophy that unites ancient practices with breath awareness to bring about joyful living. Randi has the power to make authentic connections with others and is inspired to bring union of mind, body, and heart to all who are ready to heal wholesomely and holistically. She continues to be a witness to her own transformation and is inspired to help facilitate this healing for others. She is playful and light hearted, yet grounded in discipline. 

Randi, E-RYT 500 is influenced by many traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative. She has facilitated over 25 International 200/500hr Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2010 and has helped to establish an experiential permaculture and yoga retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. 


Each day will consist of theory and practice leaving you with the confidence to move forward and share the teachings of yoga in a more effective way.

Location: The Yoga Forest



Tuition: $500 + R&B* 

* Inquire about R&B Costs