A Code of Ethics for Yoga Teachers ~ a draft
Jennifer O'Sullivan
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As a Buddhist, I’ve taken the Five Precepts. With respect, Jennifer, those AND Patanjali’s Yamas and Niyamas do not stop anyone from doing anything if they really want to commit something or take advantage of someone. It’s about personal responsibility. Forget rules or suggesting that licensing yoga teachers will help (I am not saying you suggest licensing, but I’ve read others who do.) There are scummy yoga teachers who know the Yamas and Niyamas and still went off the rails. There are Buddhist lamas who slept with their students. There are yoga teachers who don’t know yoga philosophy from a hole in the ground and they are ethical and smart teachers.
Maybe I’m a total simpleton but I don’t need a set a rules to enforce me to be kind, to have empathy, to not take advantage of someone, to not cheat someone, etc. etc. etc. IMO, too much talk, not enough discernment.

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