Contemporary Ethics for Yogis


Honestly, those Yamas and Niyamas are no longer enough guidelines for us as yogis to toe the line when it comes to ethical decision making.

I ask you this...


How many times have you come faced with the feeling of "I don't know how to respond to this."? How many times have you heard about teachers sleeping with students? Or how about when a teacher and a student actually fall in love and live happily ever after? How many times have you seen the weird dynamics created by having multiple relationships with the same person?

Aren't you kind of tired of the preaching of the teachings and no real embodied ethics to back it up?

I spend much of my time helping yoga teachers sift through the shit and the shame, the questions and the longings, so that they can come to a sense of peace and integrity from the inside out. The congruence is palpable when they are then faced with ethical problems.

I want to reinvent and reinvest in ethics and yoga. Together we can enliven the teachings of the Yamas and the Niyamas and lean into our own bodies for a sense of right and wrong. Combining these ancient teachings with our bodies inherent yes and no along with the boundaries from the therapeutic model of Somatic Psychotherapy we can do this.


This course will help you learn important concepts of Beneficence and non Maleficence so that you can presence yourself more confidently to handle ethical dilemmas as they arise. You will come away with more skills around, and a clear understanding of your Scope of Practice so that you can be free to serve with your gifts and education and have the confidence to refer out to other professionals when necessary. You will develop more strength and fluidity in your boundary setting and have a deeper visceral sense of your integrity. You will learn how to manage and untangle dual relationships. You will gain important ethical information of power dynamics in the classroom and become skillful in assessing projection, transference and a variety of counter-transference phenominan.


Topics Covered:

Dual Relationships: how to sniff them out, ethically work with them, when to have them and when to get out of them.

The Fishbowl: understanding and leaning into the role of the teacher in the community.

Scope of Practice: Learning the ins and outs of your industry. Knowing your limits and when to refer students out.

Power and Privilege: Understanding consent in the context of a teacher-student relationship. And setting up systems of checks and balances for your own integrity. 

Don't Sleep with Your Students: Understanding Erotic Counter Transference.

Boundaries: Understanding your Yes and No from a deeply rooted somatic place which informs all other ethical decision making. 


What You Receive:

  • 6 online classes with Livia covering a variety of important questions pertaining to ethics in the contemporary age of yoga.

  • A streaming recording of each session

  • A downloadable audio of each session

  • A downloadable video of each session

  • Downloadable manual for your notes and reference.

  • Assignments and references to augment your learning and to enliven the material in your every day.

  • Private online discussion forum. 

  • Collegial learning environment.

  • Relevant readings, handouts and guides to help you carve out your own Scope Of Practice and Ethics.


Nitty Gritty:

  • All Live classes will be recorded and so live attendance is not required

  • Time: Classes are between 60-75 minutes long

  • Tuition: $108


Please Note:

We take pride in doing lots of stuff by hand, student by student. Please allow 48 hours for confirmation of your enrollment. A thorough welcome letter with all materials and access info is sent approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Before Enrolling In Our Program Please Read, Respect And Honor A Few Policies Regarding Refunds And Entering The Courses:

I ask that you enroll in our courses in an invested and committed manner. A great deal of time, energy, expertise and attention to students and detail goes into each course. I ask you extend the same to us and your classmates.  

You have permanent access to the program materials of your cohort. Therefore I ask you please do not request a refund because you have not had time to go through the course in the way you expected or you could not attend specific sessions. I believe in the importance of responsible adult education. I am confident in both the importance and application of this work in enhancing and changing your personal and professional life. 

No refunds. No Partial refunds for missed sessions. No partial refunds on payment plans. No exceptions. 

In the event of major power outages, internet snafus, acts of god, mercury retrograde or other unexpected circumstances the session effected will be rescheduled in a manner agreed upon by all students rather than a refund issued.