The Art of Assisting

May 2019

The heart & technique
of hands-on assists

Offering hands-on assists can be a practice in compassion and communication. Through this course, we’ll explore Janet’s approach to assisting, which begins with integrity in your own body and being.

Through dharma talks exploring intention, seeing, and listening we’ll approach assisting as a practice that goes beyond the physical. Detailed demos will explore the more technical aspects, looking at the biomechanics, perfect fit, and how to communicate through your hands with clarity and confidence.

We will explore

  • Principles of assisting
  • How to find integrity in your own body
  • How to find “perfect fit”
  • Assisting as service
  • The five vayus (directions of prana)
  • How to “see” bodies
  • Trauma and resilience
  • Biomechanics

You will receive

  • 6+ weeks of guided study and practice
  • Guided meditation
  • Asana warm-up
  • Asana practice
  • Guest teachers: Harvey Deutch, physical therapist and Mark Haviland, body worker
  • Demos for 40+ postures
  • A dedicated Facebook group for discussion and community connection


Introductory materials and course overview

Week 1 | Intention: Discover your intention for offering hands-on assists

Week 2 | Foundation: Find your own foundation and center as the starting point to support others

Week 3 | Relationship: Experience assisting as a relationship and a way to be in authentic connection

Week 4 | Technique: Learn specific techniques to understand biomechanics and to express effective hands-on assists

Week 5 | Compassion: Explore compassion for yourself and others

Week 6 | Course wrap-up and recap

Certification Hours:

The immersion can be taken for 30 non-contact hours for continuing education or Janet’s 300/500-hour program.

About Janet Stone

alikaukas_9924_finalJanet’s studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today. In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Janet blends the alchemy of her own practice with decades of studentship. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.

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Janet's brand new virtual immersion explores assisting as a practice of communication and compassion. Sign-up here to learn more about the course.

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