Teaching Yin yoga involves a level of self-inquiry to facilitate our own personal growth. 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, intimidating & any form of public humiliation.