A yoga assist is an action taken in a microcosmic relationship that reveals macrocosmic truths. It is action undertaken in mutuality with the best of intentions and the blessing of the teacher’s teachers.
The giving of yoga is an art. Yoga assists are not static; they comprise a flowing dance of body, breath, and energy. They are based on continuous focus and awareness of the relationship between partners in the process. It takes two to Tango! As in Tango, in each encounter with yoga student and teacher there is an equation of reciprocity and the relationship between teacher and student is a microcosm of the flowing inter-relation among all people, all species, all living beings.
In this book, world renowned Jivamukti Yoga practitioners Sharon Gannon and David Life use the word “assist” to communicate the idea that in yoga there are actually two beings interacting together on various levels of consciousness to foster a decrease in avidya, “mis-knowing,” and an increase in vidya, or the “knowing” principle.