Teaching Yin Yoga
Teaching Yin yoga involves a level of self-inquiry to facilitate our own personal growth & to enable us to empower our students.
Teaching Yin yoga involves understanding the power of our words as a Yin Yoga Teacher & is a key skill we can learn to develop. Our use of language & words can become the magic medicine for effective practice for our students. Our words can add so much meaning to this beautiful practice.
The words we use can be the primary way our students receive the qualities of our Yin teaching. Our words can integrate our class intentions fully, promote better self-awareness for our students & support them in their journey of body/mind connection, & nurture students in just the ‘right’ moment. Whether we realize the impact or not.
There has been a lot of media attention on inappropriate physical contact between yoga teachers & students. This does not mean we have to stop adjusting. Touch is fundamental to the 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, intimidating & any form of public humiliation.