07: Ethics of the Student-Teacher Relationship with Livia Cohen-Shapiro

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Livia Cohen-Shapiro holds a masters of Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has practiced and taught yoga for nearly two decades and her dedication to understanding the human experience is life-long. Through yoga teacher training modules and online courses, Livia educates teachers on ethics, emotional literacy, psychologically sound and trauma aware teaching.

In this conversation, Livia and I discuss the psychological dynamics at play in the student-teacher relationship, the issues around sex between student and teacher, and the inherent power differential that some would say makes true consent impossible. It's a complex topic and while we cover a lot, I feel it's just the beginning of future conversations that I hope will bring more awareness to these issues that are affecting many of us in the yoga and shamanic communities.

Links to Livia's work:

Music: "The Art Teacher", by Rufus Wainwright

About Brian James
Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician and artist currently living in Montréal, Canada. He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.


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