When yoga teachers and others in the wellness industry are not knowledgeable about teaching and working with LBGTQI+ students and clients, while the intent is likely to be welcoming and inclusive, the impact is often harmful.
It is crucial as a yoga teacher, especially those who are heterosexual and cisgender, to take the time to educate one’s self about how to create a safer space for our LBGTQI+ students. It is often harmful when we are not aware of lived experiences outside of our own.
- Does my studio/do I have a clear policy on inclusivity of LBGTQI+ students?
- What language do I use that unintentionally causes harm? For example, do I use unnecessary bodily sex characteristics in my cueing?
- Do I readily share my own personal pronouns, and feel comfortable asking others for their pronouns? Can I comfortably use nonbinary gender pronouns like “they/them”?
Learn more about creating a safer space for LBGTQI+ students:
- Follow @transyogaproject on Instagram
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