Consent in Yoga Classes


This is a workshop primarily for yoga teachers, but also open to anyone interested in ensuring best practice consent within yoga classes and practice.  There will be a mix of theory, discussion and experiential exercises.  There is no requirement or expectation of any shared touch during this workshop.  

Topics covered will include:

  • cultural conditioning and our tendency to 'go along' with touch

  • implied consent versus explicit consent in yoga classes

  • 'opting in' versus 'opting out'

  • How the Wheel of Consent can inform our yoga practice and teaching

  • the history, intentions, benefits and pitfalls of physical adjustments in yoga

  • broader ethical boundaries between teacher and student

  • emerging stories of abuse in the yoga world and its effects on the teacher/student dynamic

  • trauma awareness and the impact of trauma on our capacity to choose

  • how power dynamics and authority figures affect our capacity to choose

  • consent and altered states in yoga

  • somatic dominance and ideas of 'perfection' and 'attainment' within yoga

  • invitational versus 'command' language in class

  • consent cards in yoga: what is best practice?

  • the purpose of yoga: how much is it about doing and how much is it about noticing and choosing?

  • group dynamics, and 'fitting in' - are we in self-consent in our practice?

This article by Susan Stringfellow explains some of the complexities around consent in yoga classes:

Permission to Touch: The Complicated Matter of Hands-On Adjustments.


Upcoming dates for this workshop:


NB - All our 'in person' workshops have been postponed in response to the coronavirus crisis.  We have booked provisional dates with venues in June, September and October, which will be confirmed or otherwise nearer the time.  If you sign up to our newsletter we will keep you posted.

In the meantime, we are now offering an online workshop:  'Consent and the Nervous System - Self-Care and Community Resilience in the age of COVID-10'.  See details here.

We run several other Wheel of Consent workshops, including Introducing the Wheel of Consent, our Touchless Intro workshop, the Wheel of Consent weekend workshop, and the Wheel of Consent and Trauma Awareness

Our workshops can be presented in a variety of formats.  Contact us to join our mailing list and we'll keep you informed of all the events we're running. 


Alternatively, we can present a workshop at your event or organisation.   We'll teach you to get really good at consent, so life can become richer, more authentic and more enjoyable for everyone.

Our workshops last anything from 1 hour to 3 days.  Please contact us to find out more

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