Being Yoga’s Teaching Code of Ethics
We, the teachers at Being Yoga, share a deep commitment to teaching yoga. Our definition of “yoga” however spans a greater depth than the mere teaching of the physical postures. Included in this definition are the other seven limbs of yoga that Patanjali wrote about thousands of years ago. Very simply the “eight limbs of Patanjali” are suggestions on how to live a better life through cultivating not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. These “suggestions” are helpful when applied to both the personal and professional aspects of life, so it is only natural that we at Being Yoga have adopted them as the backbone of our studio’s “Teaching Code of Ethics.”
The first limb of yoga is called the “Yamas.” In a nutshell, the Yamas urge people to treat people in the same manner they themselves would like to be treated. At Being Yoga we actively acknowledge the positive in everyone and consciously refrain from any criticism or gossip. We strive to show compassion towards our students while maintaining healthy and safe boundaries. We recognize the divine within every student and treat each one with professional integrity, honesty and respect.
The second limb, Niyama, suggests that we treat ourselves with respect. At Being Yoga we are dedicated to taking care of ourselves and living in a manner consistent with healthful goals and lifestyles. We actively work to cultivate our own personal connection with the divine.
The third limb, or Asana, is our physical yoga practice. We are, of course, devoted to teaching and practicing the yoga asanas with a heartfelt enthusiasm and a constant desire to grow and improve as teachers and as yoga practitioners. Along those lines, we practice the fourth limb of Pranayama by an awareness of the life force—consciously practicing and teaching deep, controlled breathing–to sustain vitality and, at the same time, composure.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh limbs, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana, all suggest that we vow to seek peace in ourselves, and promote peace for others, through discipline, intention, concentration and meditation. Through our practice, we regularly strive to quiet the mind from its normal noisy houghts—connecting to the higher force found within and allowing happiness and tranquility to flourish.
The eighth “limb,” Samadhi, encompasses the ultimate goal: enlightenment. Those who achieve Samadhi have successfully dedicated themselves to the above principles, therefore achieving absolute bliss through union with the divine.
Although our Teaching Code of Ethics at Being Yoga might not guarantee every student pure enlightenment, we can guarantee that every student will benefit from our sincere desire to rise to our highest level of personal and professional goals through adherence to the eight limbs of Patanjali.