Intuition and Ethics, Intimacy and Boundaries: How to BE a Yoga Teacher and Therapist

This workshop will draw on and integrate the yoga tradition of teacher-student relationships and the western cultural expectations of teachers and therapists.

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This new course takes us into the realm of the relationship between yoga teacher and student, yoga therapist and client. We’ll discuss the everyday reality of what it means to BE a yoga teacher, not just lead a yoga class. It is a role with responsibilities different than others in our lives, and just like any other it benefits from mindful reflection and well-honed relationship skills. It doesn’t matter what style of yoga you teach, every one of us has to interact with our students to be of service. We must be able to listen and ask questions to get to know them and their needs, and also be able to set boundaries to manage our time and energy. We all need to know how far we can go in being of service, being friendly, and how to maintain the seat of the teacher when we start to go too far in extending ourselves.

Whether we feel energised or exhausted, consulted or stolen from in-exchanges with our students affects our quality of life and willingness to keep giving. Boundaries for each kind of relationship vary (teacher, friend, lover, family member, etc.) and getting it right (or wrong) takes establishing good habits for the long-term healthy outcome of your life and career. We recognise the need to regularly top up our teaching skills, but we’ve not established the good practice of refining our relationship skills. Here’s a good way to start.

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. Ask yourself: do you ever struggle with how to set limits with your students in their requests for extra help with conditions in conversations before or after class? Do you wonder how far you can go in offering extra help, and do you feel you need to know more in order to be more helpful? Do you struggle with how and when to say “no?” Do you wonder how to ask and respond to emotions experienced in class? To invitations to tea, or a date, or a hen do?

  • We’ll draw on ethical standards for yoga teachers and therapists and make them come alive in small group scenarios in order to face these issues with support instead of all alone in the moment
  • We’ll practice observing, listening, and asking questions to learn something about our own habits, perceptions, and beliefs. These colour and limit our comfort and competence zone, so we’ll also practice moving beyond them
  • It’s not financially easy to make a living as a yoga teacher. Many of us have issues with money. How do you ethically and practically advertise your services, extend your scope of practice, and get cover when you are ill?
  • Yoga therapy is becoming trendy. What does it mean to be a yoga therapist? What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you need in order to move into this role? Do you want to? What’s the difference and what’s the same in yoga therapy and working 1-2-1 with a student as a yoga teacher?

This workshop will draw on and integrate the yoga tradition of teacher-student relationships and the western cultural expectations of teachers and therapists. Both have insights to offer and incorporate. It’s necessary for us to reconcile for ourselves different standards in order to make conscious choices and put them into practice where we actually live and work.

The workshop will involve reading, discussion, pair and small group work, and guided self-reflection practice. Yoga is inherently a relational practice and it has always taken as its remit the big questions in life. Embody the tradition with conscious intent in the support of sanga.

This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please click here to download the Statement of Inclusion document which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

What our students say

I don't think the workshop title does it justice. I feel thankful I found it but now worry not enough teachers will find it and do the important work and breath that this weekend motivates. Hannah R. on Intuition and Ethics, Intimacy and Boundaries: How to BE a Yoga Teacher and Therapist, January 2016

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