Student and Teacher Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Image: Brant Ward/The Chronicle I'm not sure where it came from, but the idea that yoga teachers should never date yoga students seems to be prevalent in the yoga community. It was taught as ethics in my teacher training course...
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Image: Brant Ward/The Chronicle I'm not sure where it came from, but the idea that yoga teachers should never date yoga students seems to be prevalent in the yoga community. It was taught as ethics in my teacher training course...


Image: Brant Ward/The Chronicle

I'm not sure where it came from, but the idea that yoga teachers should never date yoga students seems to be prevalent in the yoga community. It was taught as ethics in my teacher training course a few years ago, and every once in a while you'll see a story about a forbidden yoga relationship. Take, for example, this story from SFGate.com.

Laura Camp, an Oakland, Calif. yoga teacher, describes meeting her now husband (a student in her class) like this: "I had rules about not dating students," she tells SFgate. "It was the first time in 15 years of teaching that I felt an 'uh-oh.'" Of course, the two are now an adorable married yoga couple.

When I read stories like this, I can't help but wonder: Why is there such a stigma around yoga teachers and students dating when both parties are consenting adults? If there are special circumstances that make this kind of relationship acceptable, what are they?