Intuition and Ethics, Intimacy and Boundaries:
Creating Safe and Supportive Sangha for Yoga Teachers
07 – 08 April 2018 | 0930 - 1700 each day
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa Kaley-Isley
at Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, SE16 3SA
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
Run successfully for 4 years, this course delves into the realm of the many facets of the relationship between yoga teachers / yoga therapists and students. Due to the positive intentions of yoga, we tend to expect the usual problems of human relationships not to exist in the yoga world but they do. As yogis we sometimes struggle to know what to do when navigating the powerful interpersonal dynamics that can arise when sharing the teachings of yoga. In the context of acknowledging that the topics of touch, money, time, and marketing can arouse anxiety, we’ll provide a safe space for discussion and exploration. We’ll turn the aspirational into the practical, and explore the kind of self-awareness that empowers wise choice making. All are welcome and invited so that the multiple perspectives of our community are heard and considered. Together let’s ensure that our yoga practice fulfils its potential to enable us to be our best selves with each other
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.
#metoo in yoga?
Sex, intimacy, ethics and intuition:
exploring ethical boundaries around money, time, and energy for yoga teachers and students.
How would you answer these questions…
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?
• Have you ever be-friended a yoga teacher whose classes you attend?
• Do you sometimes feel burdened by the information students share with you?
• Have you ever witnessed ‘cliquey’ favouritism in yoga teaching?
About intution and yoga:
• Have you ever done something injurious to yourself in a yoga class because the teacher told you to do it, even when your intuition told you it was a bad idea?
• 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 been troubled when a yoga student asked a question you don’t know the answer to?
• 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 ever been silenced for questioning a yoga teacher?
• 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 yoga teacher had more time to answer your personal queries?
• Do you ever wish that your students would take up less of your time with enquiries about their health or personal lives?
If you answered ‘yes' to any of the above questions, and would like space and time for further exploration, then this could be the workshop for you…
It is a workshop for all yoga teachers and students - during the weekend you 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
Cost and Booking
This course is run by Yogacampus
The cost of this course is £180
To book go to: www.yogacampus.com/workshops/intimacy-and-ethics-boundaries-and-intuition-creating-safe-and-supportive-s
Please do not email us through the contact page to book, all bookings will be through our hosts at Yogacampus
You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion on attending the full course.