Dating yoga instructor

“It would be a true test of whether I really loved that person, or just wanted to get into their knickers.”Those who teach in a tradition where physical adjustments are the norm (Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow) are particularly vulnerable when it comes to the thorny issue of physical attraction.

Can they trust that their touch won’t betray their desire?

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I haven’t met a person yet who is completely clear around this topic,” said one prominent London yoga teacher.

The confusion is the result of an absence of clear, standardised ethical guidelines when it comes to the relationship.

“If you abuse the trust of someone sexually while they are vulnerable, you don’t deserve to call yourself a yoga teacher. Mostly when male yoga teachers are young and the power they have goes to their head,” said a London-based senior teacher.“The bottom line is that the student places themselves in a teacher’s hands to be in a safe place with all their securities and vulnerabilities exposed.

Manipulating anyone in a position of vulnerability is by definition, abuse,” said one student who said if he were a teacher and found himself attracted to a student, he would break the teacher-student bond immediately.

It’s easy to understand why it happens in the first place.

People with a shared interests are drawn to one another – yoga can be all-consuming and dedicated practitioners apply the philosophies of yoga to all aspects of their life.She can be found teaching at and is the Yoga Columnist for contributor to Speaking about her husband's bipolar condition, she wrote in a chapter: 'Andrew is not perfect, but who is? I'm glad he revealed his bipolar condition but, as he says, living with it is not all negative'.I knew he wasn’t supposed to hit on me, but I went on the date anyway.”Older and wiser today, she feels sorry for her younger self and a little bit angry that the teacher used his position of authority and safeguard of trust to exploit her, taking advantage of the obvious vulnerabilities of a postnatal broken heart.Teachers who sleep with their students get a bad reputation, and reputation is of very high value as a yoga teacher.The student, in turn, submits to the teacher as they connect to their body and feel good in a safe space.

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