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Sun, 10 Jan


St Werburghs Community Centre

Ethical Relationships in Yoga Teaching

A day for Yoga teachers, trainees or those in similar professions, to explore the context, history, principles and practice of ethical relationships in yoga teaching together.

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Ethical Relationships in Yoga Teaching

Time & Location

10 Jan 2021, 10:00 – 18:00

St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, Bristol BS2 9TJ, UK

About the Event

This 1 day workshop is offered as part of the 300h Advanced TT in Accessible Yoga and Spiritual Development but is also open to any yoga teacher, trainee or those in similar professions. 

Price: £95. 

The day will start and end with a short practice, and combine interactive lecturing, and small and whole group discussion. 

We will discuss the context and history, principles and practice of ethical relationships in yoga teaching together.   


The changing role of yoga teachers and evolving interpretations of Patanjali’s yamas and niyamas 

A deep dive into our embodied experiences of consent and touch, power and persuasion 

Writing our own codes of ethics and knowing where we stand, as individuals and as allies 

Teaching for context, consent and agency 

Reconciling change with tradition in diverse cultural contexts 

A brief introduction to the evolving edge of contemporary yoga, including the concept of  ‘post-lineage yoga’, its opportunities, risks and common features  

Morning Programme:

Short Movement Practice 

Interactive lecture and discussion of: The changing social position of yoga teachers – renunciates and gurus, householders and instructors 

The Yamas and Niyamas – from translation to interpretation 

Learning from the roots of yoga – A deep dive into brahmacharya, touch, and the idea of continence    

Small group work: Writing our own code of ethics: Finding the universal elements we can all agree on 

Debating the differences between our approaches and context  

Afternoon Programme:


Group discussion: Feeding back and discussion of the small group work  

Interactive lecture and discussion of: Relationship as the primary task at hand – teaching for context, consent and agency Where did things go so wrong? The counterculture, institutional cover ups and #MeToo Reconciliation: honouring our sources and post-lineage yoga  

Short Nidra Practice 

Q+A and evaluation 


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