Teaching Yoga: Ethics and the Teacher-student Relationship Paperback – 31 Dec 2006
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About the Author
Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, teaching us the tools to fight the weight of laziness, inaction, and misplaced attention, to rediscover the true values of our lives, and those parts of living that most deserve our attention and will reap the healthiest benefits. Moving away from trivial pursuits and petty grievances, we can find a connection to our inner divinity, creating a life where every moment is precious.
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I am already trained as a children's yoga teacher, and while this book does not specifically mention the subject of teaching children, it addresses issues which may arise in either teaching situation (such as when you should dismiss a student from the class, due to their behaviour). Yoga is not just a "fitness" activity - it is a philosophy which carries its own ethical code (Patanjali's Sutras) and Donna Farhi examines how this applies to yoga teachers in the modern world.
I have come back to this at several points already to re-read sections and to gain insight from the case study examples that Donna gives as real-life demonstrations of ethical problems for teachers.
All in all, a wonderful resource and highly recommended for anyone who teaches or who is training to teach.
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.
I found this book invaluable in many ways. It raises many questions about why we practice or even teach and sets out ways to set boundaries for students and teachers alike to enrich the practice of yoga. A must for every yoga teacher.
I'm about one sixth of they way through. But I've already had more than my money's worth.
This is, quite simply, one of the best books I've ever read about yoga.
I think I will be missing much sleep tonight, becuae I'm not going to be able to put this down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good for the ethical side of teacher-student relationshipsPublished 13 months ago by Mrs Dorothy Nustedt
What follows is the review I wrote in 2008 for the British Wheel of Yoga, as one of their Teacher Trainers:
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Teaching Yoga is one of those books that must be mandatory reading for anyone in the yoga field. Not just for teachers, but also students. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2011 by Claudia Azula Altucher
I was recommended this book by the person who trained me to become a yoga teacher. This really is one of those "must have" resources for yoga teachers. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by George A. Watts