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My Approach to Yoga Therapy & Teaching

  • Regarding Touch (eg. Hands-On Adjustments)
    I do not touch clients/students unless we have been working together for quite a while, AND we share a strong relationship of trust and open communication, AND I explain in advance exactly what kind of touch is being offered and why, AND the client/student gives full clear consent each time. You have the right to say no. You have the right to change your mind at any time. Your rights and wishes will be respected, and your choices will not affect our working relationship. In group classes specifically billed as "Trauma-Sensitive" or "Trauma-Informed," no physical touch will be offered whatsoever.
  • Regarding Options
    I offer various options for practice to accommodate as many different bodies, preferences, styles of practice, and levels of mobility / strength / energy / experience as possible. You are welcome to practice differently as long as you are being safe and avoiding disruption to others. You are welcome to ask the teacher/therapist for an alternative at any time. You are welcome to rest at any time. You are welcome to leave at any time (if possible, ideally letting someone know if you are okay and if you would like some support.) General levels of mobility for optimal participation in the class (eg. the ability to get up and down from the floor) will be clarified in class descriptions; if uncertain, please contact the teacher/therapist.
  • Regarding Language
    I do my best to use inclusive language that respects and makes space for many different experiences and ways of being, including many different genders and abilities. I use language of invitation and inquiry, minimizing directive language. I'm here to offer suggestions and ideas, not to tell you what to do or how to feel. I do my best to avoid language that is likely to be triggering for some folks, with the recognition that triggers are as unique as people so I cannot promise a completely trigger-free space. Invitation to let me know if you are feeling triggered and what supports you would appreciate.
  • Regarding Spirituality
    I recognize that yoga is an ancient practice and wisdom tradition rooted in Hinduism and has traditionally been practiced for reasons of spiritual growth and enlightenment. I recognize that for some people this is essential, while for others it can feel in conflict with existing religious or spiritual beliefs. I recognize that yoga offers many tools for the body, mind, breath, and heart that can support optimal wellness in a secular fashion (eg. stretching, breathing, observing one's thoughts), without requiring any particular beliefs. I offer both approaches: For those who are interested in exploring the spiritual traditions, practices, and philosophies, we can do this. This happens most in one-on-one sessions and in group classes specifically designated as such. For those who prefer a secular approach, we can do this. In general, most group classes lean more toward the secular end of the spectrum. If you have a preference, please share this with me.
  • Regarding Communication, Feedback, Accountability, and Requests
    I value open, honest, compassionate communication. I welcome your feedback and constructive criticism. If there is something I can do to better support you, please let me know. This can include making space and tailoring practice for the unique way that you move through the world (eg. disability, health condition, trauma triggers, body shape/size, etc.) - This is my specialty and my priority! This can also include yoga techniques that you want to practice more or less of in your classes/sessions. Invitation to share your ideas for how I can offer the safest and most welcoming, inclusive, accessible space possible. If you have a serious concern that you don't feel comfortable addressing directly with me, please be aware that you can file a complaint with IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists.
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