What’s This Research About?

Is it good or bad to use mirrors in yoga class?

I recall this has been a topic of discussion since  for yoga teachers since the early 90s when I started practicing yoga.  Yoga teachers may find
the mirrors to be a distracting external tool when yoga “should” be about cultivating internal awareness. Mirrors are often used in gyms, dance studios, pilates studios and martial arts studios. They serve as a tool that provides immediate feedback to potentially help people learn movement skills better.

Ultimately it depends on your preference as a teacher or student, but this study looks at what impact the mirrors have on learning the pilates STAR movement. Is it best to learn a motor skill (that eventually will be done without mirrors) with or without mirrors? It’s important for teachers to know that learning a movement skill can be objectively measured and analyzed to help us be better teachers.

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