Review in British Wheel of Yoga Magazine,
This review is from: Teaching Yoga: Ethics and the Teacher-student Relationship (Paperback)
What follows is the review I wrote in 2008 for the British Wheel of Yoga, as one of their Teacher Trainers:
What are the do's and don'ts for Yoga teachers? Ideally, we would each have a mentor close at hand, to check and comment on our teaching standards. In practice few of us do, but Donna Farhi's inspiring book on the ethics of teaching Yoga is the next best thing.
Exploring, with frequent references to Patanjali, many of the moral issues that arise in the course of our interactions with students, this book provides a first line of defence against self-deceit. Hard to put down and written with disarming frankness and fearless integrity, the book never preaches but certainly punches. Drawing on first-hand accounts from Farhi and other teachers, this book describes many incidents that should never have happened in the world of Yoga, and draws sharp lessons from all of them. It is ironic that Yoga, having its own professional standards (the Yamas and Niyamas) built in, sometimes displays lower standards than do similar disciplines.
Wide readership of this book by both teachers and students will go a long way towards ensuring that high expectations are consistently maintained throughout our profession.