Choosing Cues

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we apply knowledge about physiology and alignment principles to the act of choosing pose cues.


Be clear that no alignment teaching will work for all students while exploring cues that may work in a reasonably broad set of situations, plus cues that may be problematic.


Describe categories of teaching cues and how anatomical cues may hinder some students. Describe the intent and value in asking students questions about what they are feeling and how you might begin to offer alignment cues to various students. Explain how the fundamental principle of alignment being more about the individual than the pose informs decisions about choosing generally useful cues. Describe an example of how a cue such as “draw your shoulder blades down your back” can be over-applied or mis-applied.