Art of hands on assists - Ameriga Giannone Mind Body Alchemy
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Art of Hands on Assists

2-9 September 2023 (60 CEUs) , Peniche (Portugal)

Our “Art of Hands on Assist” Teacher Training is part of the 300 HRS Advanced Teacher Training course with Prema Vinyasa Yoga.

What sets an outstanding teacher apart from a beginner yoga teacher is their ability to conduct the class without demonstrating the sequence. Imagine having the skills to verbally instruct your students as you walk around the room and offer safe and effective hands-on assists. Think how much your students would love to practice with you, if in every class you were able to touch them in a way that brings them deeper in the postures, and allows them to do advanced poses that otherwise would be impossible.

 In order to do that, you need 3 key elements: 

1. to understand anatomy and skeletal variations, so that you know how to touch your students,

2. to understand the stages of offering hands-on assists and their variations,

3. to practice hands-on assists consistently in a practice-lab, where you receive feedbacks and can try them on different body types.

In a 200 hrs TT program there is hardly enough time to cover hands-on assist. Especially if you have trained fully online for your 200 hrs, in this course you will learn the 3 key elements that will let you take your in-person teaching to the next level.

This module covers

The course includes around 10 hrs of anatomy classes that can be taken online prior to coming over to the residential event. Other topics covered in the course are:

  • Ethics of hands-on adjustments.

  • Intentions and Functions of hands-on assisting.

  • Stages to offer assists that are safe and effective.

  • Skeletal variations and how they apply to families of asanas and yoga poses.

  • Understanding the difference between compression and tension and applying it when “correcting” students.

  • Asana Labs: in-depth study of postures, that address their functions, and hence ways to modify, offer hands-on adjustments, prop use and kramas by level.

  • Learn to assist over 40 postures from simpler to complex ones. This course covers most Primary Series adjustments and many second and third series assists, as well as vinyasa flow poses.

  • Daily level-2 Vinyasa class.

  • Daily practice workshops where you will practice the hands-on assist on the other partecipants while instructing them in the flow.

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Schedule (might vary slightly)

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8.30-10.30 Prema Vinyasa Class
with embedded workshop for advanced hands-on adjustments.

10.30-11.30 Breakfast at Selina Peniche

11.30- 12.30 Asana Lab

12.30-17.00 Free time

17.00-18.00 Teaching Lab

18.00- 19.30 Workshop, Evening Class

Please note: on arrival day there is an opening circle, and on leaving day there is a closing circle. Please plan to reach the location of the training by 3 pm on the first day, and leave after 11 am on the last day.

There will be one day off from asana and teaching lab during the training.


The location of our training is Selina Peniche, a super cool guesthouse in the surf-town of Peniche, 2 hrs north of Lisbon.  

Peniche daily gifts us with waves for all levels, and mild temperatures, which turned it into a newly-established surf capital.

Blending beautifully designed accommodation with coworking, recreation, wellness, and local experiences, Selina is custom-built for today’s nomadic traveler, providing guests with a global infrastructure to travel and work abroad seamlessly.

It will be possible for you to book surf classes and surkskate classes during your free time, plus a bunch of other activities!

Surf Peniche
Yoga Peniche

Yoga teacher

Ameriga Giannone

Ameriga is a functional anatomy expert with almost 10 years of hands-on assist experience. She has learned the art and techniques by personally assisting Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci, and also by studying with several other renowned Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers and, for Vinyasa Flow, under the guidance of Shiva Rea.



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Cancellation Policy: Full refund for any cancellation 2 months prior to arrival. 50% refund for any cancellation 60 to 30 day prior to arrival. No refund for any cancellation 30 days prior to arrival unless you can find someone to take your spot.

Dorm Room

1050 €

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Single Room

1365 €

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Bed in Double Room

1205 €

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Double Room with queen size bed

1124 €

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Art of Hands on Assist

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Transfers from the airport (around 60 euros depending on how many people share it)
  • Lunches
  • City tax (2 euros per night)


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