Teach Ulterior Motives? Yoga Journal Teach By YJ Editor | Aug 28, 2007 Share Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest Email Comments Maty Ezraty’s reply: Dear Wendy, This is an ethics question and has no black-and-white answer as far as I am concerned. It depends on the situation. Personally, I do not object if a student looks at yoga class as a place to meet people. Humans expect to meet like-minded people in environments they enjoy. But there is a line that should not be crossed. One student should never behave in ways that cause another to feel discomfort. In a yoga class, students should not dress inappropriately or send unwelcome vibrations to others in the room. When behavior becomes inappropriate, it is the school’s responsibility to intervene. If you sense a problem, ask a school administrator to talk to the student discreetly. (I’ve found it is better that the teacher not talk to the student directly—that way the student is not embarrassed to return to class and study with the teacher.) Sometimes people are not aware of their actions, and a gentle approach may help them realize how they are being perceived. It is best if they can see what they are causing, choose to fix it, and remain yoga students. Then you have truly helped. Lastly, it is important for the teacher to hold to this sacred commitment and not cross the line and date students. Teachers, after all, set the example. Maty Ezraty is co-creator of the first two Yoga Works yoga studios in Santa Monica, California. A former YJ asana columnist, she travels around the world leading teacher trainings, workshops, and yoga retreats. You Might Also Like Iyengar Remembering B.K.S. Iyengar: Nicki Doane + Eddie Modestini The husband and wife partners—often called "teachers' teachers"—pay their respective respects to their own guru. Teach Tara Stiles' Top 3 Takeaways From YJ LIVE Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles' three life lessons she learned from teaching at YJLIVE for the first time ever. Life Meet Jaysea DeVoe: The Youngest Yogi This teen yoga teacher is taking her practice to the next level, all before she enters high school.