Placed in front of the mat, the Flip-Chip is a discreet way for students to say when they want/don’t want a hands-on assist, setting clear boundaries in their practice. By creating a climate of open communication, the Flip-Chip also makes the teacher's life easier and helps them put their clients' safety and wellbeing first.
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As featured in Yoga International magazine, Spring 2013 Issue (Yoga Threads: "The little things we love").
Here's some typical classroom scenarios:
* Experienced student with good form is often overlooked, yet craves that nurturing touch. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student generally likes hands-on assists, but not the essential oils treatment given at the end of class. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student has a prior injury that isn’t obvious, so doesn’t want an assist in certain poses, e.g. spinal twist postures. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student has ‘weak links’ i.e. susceptibility to injury for genetic or other reasons. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student has a traumatic past and feels vulnerable, even in the tranquil setting of a yoga class. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student is pregnant, though not obviously so, and prefers not to be touched. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student doesn’t know the teacher and prefers just to listen, for now. Solution: send a clear signal Flip-Chip.
* Student had a bad experience, e.g. was pushed too far by an inexperienced teacher. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
* Student is feeling fragile and just wants to be left in peace. Solution: send a clear signal with the Flip-Chip.
We often rely on students to verbalize their needs, but this isn’t enough. For one thing, classes are larger and more dynamic, making it harder for teachers to keep track. Moreover many, if not most students don't want to talk about personal stuff.
"Many teachers don’t realize that the students most likely to want or need boundaries are least likely to communicate this, including during one-on-one conversations with a teacher.”
Dr Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist and yoga instructor, Stanford University
Source: Yoga Buzz
The Flip-Chip provides a discreet, non-verbal means for students to express their needs, and for teachers to meet them with ease!
A Yoga instructor since 1998, Nina Jackson came up with the Yoga Flip-Chip idea in 2009 to empower her students and make her life easier. Nina is a licensed physical therapist with an M.S. in Physical Therapy and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Physiology. She has taken independent Yoga training and multiple yoga intensives with such teachers as Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson, Seane Corn and Gary Kraftsow, as well as a Yoga therapy training course with Phoenix Rising (Level 1). Nina also holds mat and reformer Pilates certifications, and is authorized by Yoga Alliance to offer workshops for continuing education credits. She is passionate about integrating the wonderful benefits of Yoga and Pilates into her therapeutic practice!
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Created by Jamie Irelan, our graphic designer, the Flip-Chip's beautiful decorative design was inspired by the lotus flower, an ancient symbol of purity and spontaneous generation. Flip-Chips are printed in small batches in the USA.