4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Helpful for trainee teachers,
This review is from: Teaching Yoga: Ethics and the Teacher-student Relationship (Paperback)
As a trainee yoga teacher I found this book an interesting read. The most useful section was a series of questions which asks the reader to contemplate why she or he wishes to teach, and how to assess the places they are considering doing their training at. In my opinion the book is justified reading for people considering teaching for that section alone. I found the book's pragmatism and approach to discussing delicate yet easily overlooked factors such as finances for aspiring yoga teachers very useful to set reasonable expectations (her recommendation: don't give up your normal job at least initially).
The book is an eye-opener in terms of some of the discussions of ethical breaches that Ms Farhi has come across during her teaching career. These include instances of teachers inappropriately touching their students and/or embarking on sexual relationships with them. The damage done to the abused students highlight the consequences. That she has found that often such behaviour has gone unpunished is upsetting and shocking in equal measures. Most of Ms Farhi's arguments are regarding points I incorrectly assumed every teacher would agree on. From reading her experience it is clear that there isn't consensus. Regulating teachers' behaviours when there is no ethical code we all sign up to is clearly not possible, and I think this alone proves that her point that one is required.
Becoming aware of some of the skeletons in the yoga teaching community closet, and politics within the profession, was a little sad for me. Sometimes it's nice to imagine we can escape politics but even in yoga they're there. It's not a fun topic to think about, but it is I believe a necessary one for teachers. I'm grateful for her effort in bringing these matters to my attention.