We want to make the class/session an enjoyable experience, so we modify exercises to make our clients more comfortable and stretch effectively.

Try your best to encourage progression rather than limitation. We are here to make our clients stronger and give them self-belief in their own capabilities Try not to get totally occupied and focussed in alternatives and be creative with your choreography so that everyone can enjoy the session.

There are many cases where clients genuinely need to take alternatives. We need to recognise who these folk are and have some ideas and tools to hand that can help them get the maximum from the poses.

I hope this mini workshop helps.

In our experience there are 3 key areas that tend to have injuries and/or limitations and therefore can cause issues and/or discomfort whilst stretching.

These are:


It’s one of the largest joints in the body and more prone to injury and damage through wear and tear. Many clients will have limited movements due to a knee restriction, so you need to have access to alternative poses in order to take the stress and pressure off the knee.


Whether from an injury or degenerative disease most cases of back pain can be reduced with regular exercise and tailored workouts. Encouraging stretching and strengthening exercises can result in stronger muscles that support the spine and your body’s weight. When your body’s skeleton is supported, you are less likely to suffer injury and back pain. You will have those in your class that will need alternatives, but they will also need to have a confidence to move in their own body.


Overuse, sprains and arthritis can cause issues and weakness in the wrists. I’m a real believer in encouraging my clients to strengthen their wrists by using them in poses but if it’s genuinely causing pain and discomfort .. you need to offer alternatives.

We thought it would be a great idea to share some great alternatives for regular sequences and poses that we use in a purestretch class.

We really hope that you found these alternatives useful.
This workshop will be updated on a regular basis with new ideas and content.
Stay in touch and .. Happy Stretching!