At YogaCrossroads we observe a code of conduct that serves as the foundation of our obligations to self, our students, fellow teachers, and the yoga community at large. This code of conduct is based on Yama, the first of the eight limbs of yoga that sets forth the ethics of social interaction and engagement. The five principles of Yama outlined below reflect the values we at YogaCrossroads bring to our teaching. Principles of this code of conduct are also woven into our Student Release.
Ahimsa/Non-Harming - "Being firmly grounded in non-violence creates an atmosphere in which others can let go of their hostility." Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2.35:~ We understand that love lies at the core of ahimsa and begins with love of self~ We keep the best interests and well-being of the student in mind, using care to do no harm when teaching and practicing yoga Satya/Truthfulness - "For those grounded in truthfulness, every action and its consequences are imbued with truth." Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2.36:~ We will be truthful with our time, our tasks, our promises so we need not do things a second time~ We respect self, fellow teachers, students, regardless of their beliefs, lifestyle, origins or culture; keeping our focus on the value and beauty of the individualAsteya/Non-Stealing/Honesty - "For those who have no inclination to steal, the truly precious is at hand." Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2.37:~ We are committed to not taking anything that is not ours to receive~ We honestly evaluate our personal practices and experiences with yoga as a means to retain honesty and integrity in our teachingsBrahmacharya/Mastering non-excess to keep ourselves in harmony - "The chaste acquire vitality." Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2.38:~ We serve as examples by entering each class and each movement in class with a sense of wholeness rather than with the indulgence of pushing or force~ We judiciously use our vital energies to maintain healthy body and mind, recognizing what is ‘just enough’Aparigraha/Non-Greed - "Freedom from wanting unlocks the real purpose of existence." Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2.39: ~ We share and give freely of our knowledge of yoga with all students~ We allow our hearts and minds to be open to practicing/teaching with a sense of balance and equality, harboring no attachment or avarice