Code of Conduct

THE CONVERSATION: How should ethics be applied to teaching yoga today?

A Code of Conduct will lay the foundation for safe yoga education. As educators and practitioners we know that non-harming, honesty, and inclusiveness are prerequisites for student safety. We believe that the gifts of yoga are better served when supported with a solid ethical foundation.

We have brought together a diverse spectrum of expert advisory voices to maximize the perspectives and resources within this area of inquiry. They represent one stream of input in the process — represented in the timeline activities below — alongside the thousands of voices inside and outside of yoga who have already contributed their viewpoints through a comprehensive survey, focus groups, online discussions, and other channels that will continue to be offered through the duration of this project.

Code of Conduct Working Group Timeline

Timeline events include scheduled calls with the assigned advisory committee to refine recommendation papers, as well as supporting podcasts and workshops.

View the summarized timeline for all working groups here.

Advisors on this group:

Santiba Campbell

Santiba Campbell

Santiba Campbell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bennett College. Dr. Campbell is currently studying Identity Development in regards to academic self, race and ethnicity among African American college students and the effects on physical health, psychological well-being ...
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Jonathan Dickstein

Jonathan Dickstein

Jonathan Dickstein is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He researches South Asian religions, Animals and Religion, and Comparative Ethics. He earned a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a ...
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Teo Drake

Teo Drake

Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. As a blue collar queer-identified trans man living with AIDS, he has 101 reasons to not want to be ...
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Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 39 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Her approach to ...
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Ann Gleig

Ann Gleig

Ann Gleig is an assistant professor of religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida. Her primary research area is Asian religions in American. She is co-editor with Lola Williamson of Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism (Albany: SUNY ...
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Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Accessible Yoga offers two Conferences per year, which focus ...
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Carol Horton

Carol Horton

Carol Horton, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and social justice. Carol serves as Vice President of the Yoga Service Council and was a co-founder of Chicago’s Socially Engaged Yoga ...
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Andrea R. Jain

Andrea R. Jain

Andrea R. Jain is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Editor of the Journal of American Academy of Religion, and author of Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her areas of ...
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Tamara Jeffries

Tamara Jeffries

Tamara Jeffries, RYT-200, been a health writer and editor for national publications including Essence, where she was Executive Editor; and Health, where she oversaw coverage of mental, emotional and spiritual health. She was also Editor-in-Chief of HealthQuest: The Publication of ...
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Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, M.A., is a private coach, thought leader and influencer in the areas of body confidence, leadership and visibility. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Moorpark College in Ventura County, ...
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Octavia Raheem

Octavia Raheem

Octavia Raheem is a Yoga Alliance experienced registered teacher (E-RYT) at the 200-hour level. She completed teacher training at Peachtree Yoga Center in Georgia in 2007 and began teaching later that year.  Octavia holds additional certifications and specializes in restorative, ...
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Roopa Singh

Roopa Singh

Roopa Singh, works at the intersection of wellness and justice through art, scholarship, and social entrepreneurship. She is a licensed attorney, university instructor, and a yoga teacher/student.  In 2013, Roopa gathered the first public forums for South Asian American yoga educators ...
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  • Judith shares some personal stories to illustrate how she uses thoughts as tools to stay grounded in yoga and non-harming, and communicate with compassion, kindness and empathy.
    May 8, 2018
    Podcast
  • We partnered with RAINN (The Rape Abuse Incest National Network) to help us shed light on the issue of sexual misconduct and provide resources for those who have been victimized.
    Jan 18, 2018
    Unity in Yoga Podcast with RAINN
  • Hala talks about the psychological components of student-teacher relationships, how trauma comes into play and the basic principles of how to establish clear boundaries with students.
    Jun 6, 2016
    Podcast