This past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine’s“The Ethicist” tackled the nebulous subject of the yoga student - teacher relationship. Anonymous instructor from San Francisco writes in wondering if ratting out an associate’s unethical liaisons with a student is the proper thing to do. Good question. Of course, in this particular instance, a promotion is involved, and this relationship had been suspected for a year without anyone saying a word. What does the ethicist say? Keep it to yourself.
Now we thought about this and have to agree with mister ethics maven on this one. If no one reported any suspicious in-class romantics then there’s probably nothing wrong with a teacher dating a student. The writer-in does mention it being unethical for their “particular discipline” and we’ve found murmurings that it’s against Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct. But checking the Yoga Alliance website we couldn’t find anything distinctly prohibiting teacher-student relations granted there is consent from both parties.
We’ve definitely seen some controversy when comes to yoga love-ins, namely with overly friendly Rodney Yee dating his students, and most recently a Hong Kong yoga teacher stepping way over the line and getting slapped with molestation charges. So teachers, we have to ask, where do you draw the line?
And to all yogis, what do youthink about teachers dating their students? Is it unfair? Unethical? A beautiful union of two people who’ve found love, as long as the PDA doesn’t become Pervy Dirty Asana?
Student Teacher Relations [NYT Magazine]
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