In many yoga spaces, teachers and students share the expectation that adjustments are a standard part of practice. But this aspect of modern yoga is marred by an uncomfortable history. At the dawn of the global movement in 1930s India, adjustments in key learning spaces such as the Mysore Palace merged with the somatics of corporal punishment. They conveyed assumptions about spiritualized pain and surrender, delivered through a pedagogy of unquestioned charisma and presumed consent. In combination, these factors have led to decades of blurred boundaries, sexualized touch, and general intrusion. If you’re a yoga teacher and you want to adjust people, this presentation will help you get square with this history first. It will help you think about how you will protect your students from it, especially in an unregulated industry. It will offer guidelines for moving forward in the creation of safe and student-driven yoga education.
Slides from Lecture Four: “What are we capable of?” — seen through the lens of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Slides from Lecture Three: approaching the question “Who am I?” through the eight-limbed path laid out in the Yoga Sutras.
Slides from Lecture Two, investigating the question “How should we live”, through the complex lense of the Bhagavad Gita.
Slides from Lecture One, covering three core questions addressed in yoga philosophy, six lenses of focus, an introduction to the three core texts to be studied, and a discussion of “best practices” for doing yoga philosophy.
The full slide set from the Level 1 Functional Synergy Training with Susi Hately. Calgary, August 2013.
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