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Adjustments and Affirmative Informed Consent

Guidelines are in effect beginning January 1, 2020

Marla AptThe yoga path can build a foundation for happiness and emotional stability, and the journey is unique for each person. Regardless of the varying reasons for students to join classes at the Institute, we welcome you on this journey of discovery.

An Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide the class through demonstrations, verbal instructions and physical adjustments. We encourage students to ask questions and to speak directly with the teacher about any interests or concerns.

Adjustments and physical touch are a part of the Iyengar Yoga method. While they can be extremely beneficial, adjustments are only helpful if the student wants them and is comfortable with the teacher. The yoga practice will be different each day and the student may, at any time, decide that they prefer not to be touched.

Our teachers require affirmative informed consent before they will adjust anyone in class. This means that each student has the right to choose whether or not they wish to be adjusted in every class and with every pose. The teacher will be asking for permission to adjust anyone. Unless the student consents or is in danger, the teacher will not touch them. After an understanding has been developed between the teacher and student over a period of time, consent may not be required prior to each adjustment. However, consent may be withdrawn at any time.

If your teacher does not respect your preferences, or if you feel imposed on in any way, please speak with the teacher directly and/or speak with a senior teacher, an Institute staff member or the Management Team of the Institute. You may also email institute@iyila.org.

The Iyengar Yoga community of teachers has a zero-tolerance policy towards abuse of any kind, be it verbal or through touch. It is our priority to respect the safety, dignity, and autonomy of our students. All Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers commit to following ethical standards outlined by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US. These standards include appropriate physical adjustments as well as appropriate relationships between teacher and student. You can review the ethical standards here.

The mission of the Iyengar Yoga Institute and its teachers is to disseminate the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. We strive to create a wholesome, inspired and safe space for students to explore and grow.

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