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Embodied Ethics for Yoga Professionals

  • Solstice Yoga and Barre 195 Arizona Avenue Northeast #500 Atlanta, GA 30307 United States (map)

*CEU's available through Yoga Alliance and IAYT

Yoga professionals are expected to practice in a way that upholds the standards established by Yoga Alliance which includes boundaries, respect for all students, while adhering to the wisdom tradition of yoga. However yoga professionals also find themselves in situations where they are expected to navigate the terrain of complex ethical situations that may arise within the context of teaching and private sessions with expertise and ease.

Although topics such as ethics, boundaries, and professional relationships are often included in most yoga teacher training programs, many yoga teachers graduate from their programs feeling unequipped to protect themselves from ethical violations and legal courses of action.

In addition, yoga professionals often struggle with relational dynamics such as projection, transference, and countertransference, that can impact how we are holding space for people.

The Yamas and Niyamas provide a beautiful framework for understanding and implementing practical ethics for our day to day interactions, however they can leave us feeling vulnerable when a situation warrants legal responsibility and professional accountability in a society which is growing more and more litigious.

Through yoga practice, experiential movement, lecture, and discussion, this program explores the manner by which both ethical and spiritual issues affect the everyday practice of yoga professionals while illuminating our own somatic wisdom as a viable way of differentiating between right and wrong.


*Be able to differentiate between values, codes of conduct, and ethics
*Be able to articulate why the Yamas and Niyamas struggle to provide enough scaffolding to maintain safe spaces for all students and ensure professional responsibilities in teaching settings, to colleagues, to the yoga profession, and to the broader society.
*Compare and contrast several codes of ethics to identify the universality and plurality of ethical principles across margins and disciplines
*Become confident and comfortable in identifying your own embodied values that inform both professional conduct and influence ethical decision making processes, in addition to understanding the 4 primary values that underpin ethical leadership across a broader spectrum
*Understand the 4 questions that one must ask when making an ethical decision and how that process is informed by both spiritual and ethical principles
*Be able to discern the difference between spiritual bypassing and spiritual embodiment
*Know the legal ethics that apply to professional yoga teaching
*Explore how our bodies can guide us in the navigation of relational dynamics, including boundaries with both students and clients.
Staying in your own lane: Knowing your scope of practice and when to refer
*Understand your own samskaras (habitual patterns of functioning) and how arise and inform our behavior in professional relationships
*Explore a number of other topics relative to the business of yoga including best business practices, informed consent, use of photography, social media, liability, and documentations guidelines when warranted.

Investment: $150
Early Bird: Register by February 1st and save $25!

Earlier Event: October 20
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