Intimacy, Intuition, Boundaries and Ethics: Creating Supportive Sangha
This course aims to fill a gap in the skills training that all yoga teachers and therapists need and need reminding about: how to relate mindfully and skillfully with our students. Intuiting how to respond wisely and well when someone presses uncomfortably on our boundaries is an issue for both teachers and students.
Type of Event
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 - 17:00 with a one hour lunch break at 13:00, and short tea breaks morning and afternoon.
About intimacy and yoga:
Have you ever felt (even a tiny bit)uncomfortable when giving or receiving a physical adjustment in a yoga class?
Have you ever felt sexually attracted to a yoga teacher or student?
Have you ever shared private personal issues with a yoga teacher?
Do you sometimes feel burdened by the information students share with you?
About intution and yoga:
Have you ever been bullied or abused (physically or emotionally) by a yoga teacher, or witnessed bullying, minimising or competitiveness in yoga classes?
Have you ever wanted to challenge an instruction or comment made by a yoga teacher in a class, but felt too intimidated or embarrassed to say a word?
Have you witnessed (in yourself or other students) counter-intuitive practice in a yoga class, motivated by the desire to be ‘noticed’ by the teacher, or to be seen as one of the ‘best’ students?
About money and time and yoga:
Have you ever felt uncomfortable about charging money for sharing yoga?
Have you ever asked a yoga teacher for a cheaper deal, or offered more money than the teacher asked for because you felt what they offered was worth more than what was charged?
Do you ever wish that your students would take up less of your time with enquiries about their health or personal lives?
During the weekend, we will:
do yoga practices designed to foster connection to intuition
explore the role of intimacy in yoga teaching
receive guidance and engage in discussion about setting appropriate boundaries
enliven meaningful connection to the deepest yoga principles
have time to discuss individual questions and concerns around these topics
This course aims to fill a gap in the skills training that all yoga teachers and therapists need and need reminding about: how to relate mindfully and skillfully with our students. Intuiting how to respond wisely and well when someone presses uncomfortably on our boundaries is an issue for both teachers and students. We don’t always feel we have a place to have these discussions, and it is clear that our community needs to create space to openly consider these questions with discernment and openness to multiple perspectives.
Yoga prompts self-awareness and self-reflection, and this workshop provides a place for us to do this in a supportive community. Sangha is the antidote for feeling isolated and alone with questions that we all face and need to find our way to resolve. Connecting to inner intuition further enables us to feel guided by the wisdom needed to take action that helps rather than harms. Ethics and boundaries, intimacy and intuition are interwoven concepts and dynamics in all relationships. Creating a safe space in the yoga community requires us to prioritise reflection and re-commit to adherence to sound ethical principles so we feel more comfortable and act more responsibly with each other.
The workshop will include pre-reading Donna Farhi’s book Teaching Yoga. There will be exercises in pairs, small and large group discussion, and practices designed to facilitate self-awareness and self-empowerment.
Together, yoga therapists Lisa Kaley-Isley and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli have been teaching yoga to groups and individuals for over thirty years. They have developed this workshop because they know it is vital to open up a safe, protective and thoughtful space for yoga teachers and students to explore these important issues.
You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion on attending the full course.