Touch and Consent in the post-COVID yoga classroom

The pandemic has caused us asana instructors to take a mandatory break from touching students. Those of us who are fortunate enough to still be teaching —whether online or in person— have had to refine our language, educate our eyes, improve our demonstrations; in sum, to rely on tools other than touch to instruct. Now is a good time to take stock of what we have been doing with touch in our classrooms, and if/how/to what extent we want to bring it back.

Touch and Consent in the post-COVID yoga classroom

The pandemic has caused us asana instructors to take a mandatory break from touching students. Those of us who are fortunate enough to still be teaching —whether online or in person— have had to refine our language, educate our eyes, improve our demonstrations; in sum, to rely on tools other than touch to instruct. Now is a good time to take stock of what we have been doing with touch in our classrooms, and if/how/to what extent we want to bring it back.

Growing Calm: drawing leaves in lockdown

Drawing leaf patterns causes me to move through space with plantlike intelligence.

Growing Calm: drawing leaves in lockdown

Drawing leaf patterns causes me to move through space with plantlike intelligence.

About Gaga

“We’re still trying to float, but we’re using too much effort.”

About Gaga

“We’re still trying to float, but we’re using too much effort.”

Earthseed

There are a lot of books about the climate crisis out there in the world. These two are the closest to my heart: who do we have to become to create the world we need for our survival?

Earthseed

There are a lot of books about the climate crisis out there in the world. These two are the closest to my heart: who do we have to become to create the world we need for our survival?

The Middle Path: Yoga for Hypermobility

When you are master of your limbs and of your concentration, you will delight in meditation and in solitude.
– Dhammapada v362

The Middle Path: Yoga for Hypermobility

When you are master of your limbs and of your concentration, you will delight in meditation and in solitude.
– Dhammapada v362

Cat Heron Steele

We are mourning cousin Cat now.

Cat Heron Steele

We are mourning cousin Cat now.

So you’re ready to take action against climate change…

Here’s one way to think about it: are you a YES or a NO kind of person?

So you’re ready to take action against climate change…

Here’s one way to think about it: are you a YES or a NO kind of person?

On the Future: A Harsh Climate for Motherhood

On some days, the door to that world seems to be closing for good. The only positive thing I can say about our vanishing possibility is this: we are no longer constrained by the unreality of political reality.

On the Future: A Harsh Climate for Motherhood

On some days, the door to that world seems to be closing for good. The only positive thing I can say about our vanishing possibility is this: we are no longer constrained by the unreality of political reality.

Try or Try Not: Yoda vs. Yoga

“Do or do not; there is no try.” Deep, false thoughts from an orientalist 70s puppet.

Try or Try Not: Yoda vs. Yoga

“Do or do not; there is no try.” Deep, false thoughts from an orientalist 70s puppet.