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The Ethics and Liabilities of Touch

As yoga teachers, many of us guide our students through touch regularly as we adjust their poses. But can this ever go too far? Protect yourself and your students by understanding the legal and ethical issues surrounding touching in class.

By Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA


The right touch can be a sacred experience for some. It can connect teacher and student at a number of levels. By respecting that sacred connection through appropriate touch and other subtle forms of guidance, including verbal suggestions, body language, and even energetic intention, teachers can help move their students deeper into that place of stillness within which wisdom resides.

Michael H. Cohen, JD teaches at Harvard Medical School and publishes the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog (www.camlawblog.com).

The materials in this website/e-newsletter have been prepared by Michael H. Cohen, JD and Yoga Journal for informational purposes only and are not legal opinion or advice. Online readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional legal counsel.



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