Ethical guidelines

  • We recognize the equal worth of all human beings, regardless of gender, ethnic origin and political or religious conviction. We respect the intellectual and religious freedom of all other individuals.
  • We use our yogic knowledge and skills for the benefit of all people with whom we are connected through yoga and not to gain personal advantages.
  • We act in an honest, respectful, tolerant and responsible manner. We abstain from any mental, physical, social and material exploitation of the students and encourage independent thinking and the development of individual responsibility. We respect the different motives for course attendance and handle personal information in a confidential manner.
  • We promote our teaching ability truthfully and do not use unrealistic promises of healing.
  • We display our affiliation with an organisation in an appropriate manner and use only those titles accredited to us by the Satyananda Yoga Tradition.
  • We clarify with students (and where appropriate with their parents) at the outset exactly what is expected of them and what they are entitled to expect from the teachers/course tutors. We give students every opportunity to decline any aspect of practice they feel may be unhelpful.
  • We recognize that the teacher-student relationship may involve an imbalance of power. As teachers, we are responsible for setting and monitoring boundaries in keeping professional relationships with our students.
  • We also recognize that a power imbalance may exist between yoga associates within the wider yoga community. We do not use this influence for our own personal gain, or the gain of any institution or organisation with which we are associated.
  • We avoid and fight all forms of sexual exploitation, harassment and assault and any forms of bullying. Any form of sexual behaviour between teacher and student is unacceptable in all situations, either in or out of the classroom, including when a student invites or consents to such behaviour. The only exception is an on-going sexual relationship that predates the teacher-student relationship.