Teacher guidelines


This is an evolving document. We appreciate your feedback and questions.

Updated March 21, 2019

For assistants:

·       When assisting, please arrive at least 15-30 minutes before you plan to start teaching to ground yourself and do core-stabilization or other warm-ups.

·       All teachers and assistants must carry and use a thick and towel that is cleaned daily. Avoid touching skin directly. Ensure that any part of your body that would be covered by a bikini or speedo does not touch students. If, because of your proportions or the nature of an assist makes this unavoidable, reconsider the adjustment first, and if you choose to continue, then double up your thick towel at the place where your body touches them.  

·       Do not do any adjustment you haven’t learned or run by Adam. 

·       Do not teach any new postures.

·       Be clear about your scope of practice. Do not diagnose or offer treatments for any ailments, or give the impression that you are doing so.

·       You must have affirmative consent before offering any touch.This means the student has vocalized a “yes” to receiving adjustments to you, and has confirmed their ability to say “no” should their answer change, whether in the moment of an assist or not.  Be sure they are aware of our consent cards.  

·       While Adam is away for study for extended periods, all students must use a consent card (choosing yes or no) every day.  If they do not, assume this means they do not want assists. 

·       Be very conservative in offering touch, and gentle with any assist you choose to offer. Do not help a student go “deeper” by applying your strength. If anything, an assist should help a student be more comfortable.  

·       No massage-like adjustments.

·       Photography of any kind (video included) is not allowed during practice time.

·       Please use a quiet voice if you need to talk, keep any talking to practice related.

·       Be kind, humble, open, and respectful. If there is a guru, it is every student and the collective field of the room.

·       Do not use practice time to market yourself, workshops, trainings, etc.


When subbing entire classes:

 ·       When subbing entire classes, please arrive at least 30 minutes before class start time.  Use this time to prepare the space (turning on heaters, setting out sign in book and consent cards, etc.) and warm up your body for safety.

·       Make sure any new students have signed waivers and paid before their first class.

·       Postures within the primary series may be added, slowly, and with care during extended subbing periods (one full practice week or more).  Do not add any second series postures or anything outside of the ashtanga vinyasa sequence.  Always suggest less rather than more.  If there is pain in spite of backing off, recommend the student visit a doctor or licensed physical therapist.

·       Let the student guide you. Only offer only well-justified and alignment cues and explain why. Acknowledge that alignment is different between teachers, and that you are offering this from your perspective alone. Even an “anatomical” alignment cue can be contrary to a student’s particular circumstances, and this may be outside of your scope of practice to diagnose.  Acknowledge that they should become their own expert, and the first way to do this is through experience. Do not limit their experience with your knowing.

·       You must have affirmative consent before offering any touch.This means the student has vocalized a “yes” to receiving adjustments from you, and has confirmed their ability to say “no” should their answer change, whether in the moment of an assist or not.  Be sure they are aware of our consent cards.  

·       Minimize physical assists. Consider whether you can offer simple verbal cues first. Be very conservative in offering touch, and gentle with any assist you choose to offer. Do not help a student go “deeper” by applying your strength. If anything, an assist should help a student be more comfortable.  

·       Prioritize teaching the student how to do the posture safely themselves over having you assist them.

·       While Adam is away for study for extended periods, all students must use a consent card (choosing yes or no) every day.  If they do not, assume this means they do not want assists. 

·       All teachers and assistants must carry and use a thick and towel that is cleaned daily. Avoid touching skin directly. Ensure that any part of your body that would be covered by a bikini or speedo does not touch students. If, because of your proportions or the nature of an assist makes this unavoidable, reconsider the adjustment first, and if you choose to continue, then double up your thick towel at the place where your body touches them.  

·       No massages-like adjustments.

·       Photography of any kind (video included) is not allowed during practice time.

·       Please use a quiet voice if you need to talk, keep any talking to practice related.

·       Be kind, humble, open, and respectful. If there is a guru, it is every student and the collective field of the room.

·       Do not use practice time to market yourself, workshops, trainings, etc.