Teacher Power & Self Inquiry

teacher power and self inquiry

There has been a lot of media attention about inappropriate physical contact between yoga teachers & students. This does not mean we have to stop adjusting. Touch is fundamental to human experience. Of course, touch can also hurt. With good reason, we have made moves to protect our students & ourselves. We should always gain consent first & implement strong boundaries. Students need to feel safe. ‘Safe touch’ doesn’t have to mean ‘no touch’.

But, non-sexual abuse of power over students also has an impact. This includes belittling, labeling, ostracising, ignoring, dismissing, excluding, intimidating & any form of public humiliation.

This behaviour can disrupt the trust & nurturing necessary to achieve any yoga teaching goal, leaving students feeling shamed, excluded & powerless & can instill long-term self-esteem effects.

As teachers, we too are human; we can often avoid this real & normal humanness in fear of how we may be seen ‘on the Yoga path’,  but often the students we attract are mirroring & therefore nurturing our own journey, subsequently offering our potential for personal growth.

Being a yoga teacher means engaging in serious self-inquiry. Self inquiry is the ability to see our whole Self, not just the bits we may like but all our shadows.

Our main purpose is to be of service to students. If our teaching becomes only self-serving & ego-based, we are not fully acting with integrity, whilst also missing out on opportunity.

We must become ruthlessly self-honest & this also means allowing students ‘in’ on our journey, if we do get things wrong.

Just like peeling layers of an onion, many of our thoughts & beliefs are based on assumptions about ourselves & the world, consciously or subconsciously, typically generated by our life experiences & the effects that people have had on us.

We can become triggered by our students as much as our students can become triggered by us, as teachers.

But, when we turn our attention inward, in a self discovery way, we can begin to identify the thoughts & beliefs that are limiting, the triggers to our shadow behaviours & our own patterns of unhelpful behaviour.

When we connect with this deep level of self-awareness, we open the door to self understanding & can begin the practice of true patience, humility, empathy & compassion to ourselves first, which will then transpire into our teaching & for our students.

The journey we are assisting students on, can then become much more transformational.

I discuss this further in all my Yin Yoga teacher training, the relationship to Taoism philosophy & also offer you practical self inquiry skills you can take both off the personal Yoga mat & out of the teaching studio, in addition to exploring safe touch & nurturing your students.

Dates for 2022/2023 available Bali beach.

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