YOGA MEETS THE WHEEL OF CONSENT
A WORKSHOP WITH
ELISE TASSELL & RUPERT JAMES ALISON
Saturday 7th September 10:30am-5:30pm
We invite you to join us for a day of listening to your body, and learning skills to communicate what you find. Yoga teachers and yoga students, including beginners, are all welcome. Our intention is to provide you with a safe, non-judgemental space to explore the dynamics of consent and to provide you with practical tools to navigate consent and communication within your life.
What is the Wheel of Consent?
Dr. Betty Martin’s Wheel of Consent is a cutting edge consent model which distinguishes between the ‘doing’ aspect of an interaction - who is doing; and the ‘gift’ aspect - who it is for. This creates four dynamics or quadrants of experience, which occur all the time in human relating. It is also an embodied practice, which uses breath and awareness to bring us into a deeper noticing of our body, and what it might be telling us about potential interactions with others.
What does Consent have to do with Yoga?
In yoga we have the opportunity to cultivate awareness of our body and our breath, so we can drop more deeply into an embodied sense of ourselves. The Wheel of Consent also helps us tune into the body, so we can notice, trust, value and communicate whatever is going on for us in a potential interaction with another: our desire for connection or separation; our needs for boundaries and safety; what we might willing to offer; what we might want to receive.
We will also consider whether and when we might want physical adjustments from a yoga teacher during a class. How do we ensure that consent is always fully present in such situations, for both students and teachers?
Why do we need to practice Consent?
In theory, consent should always be simple. However, real life is often complicated, and our consent skills may be impaired for any number of reasons:
- Being brought up as a ‘good boy or girl’, to over-ride our own needs and desires.
- We may be emotionally triggered or shocked, and temporarily disconnected from our truth.
- We may be embarrassed about stating our desires or boundaries in a sexual or intimate context.
- Power or privilege imbalances, and cultural conditioning, can make authentic consent difficult to achieve.
- We may not have been taught the best consent skills available.
Is Touch Involved?
During the workshop, participants will be invited to have an embodied experience of each of the quadrants of the Wheel of Consent in pairs, using simple, clothed touch exercises, limited solely to the hand and forearm.
We will also have the opportunity to feel into and practise communicating whether we would like to receive any physical adjustment during our yoga practice on the day.
IMPORTANT: You do not have to touch, or be touched by anyone else, to take part in this workshop. Any touch is purely optional and only by explicit verbal consent. All exercises will be demonstrated before we ask you to decide whether or not you would like to practice them, and we will always provide alternatives to sharing touch with another, such as solo practice or journaling. Those attending with friends or partners are welcome to share touch solely with them if you both choose that.
RUPERT JAMES ALISON
Rupert has trained extensively in western tantra and contemporary consent teachings, and has been space-holding for groups since 1992. He is an accredited Wheel of Consent facilitator with Betty Martin's School of Consent. Inclusivity, choice and respect are central to all his work.
Elise is an Earth centred teacher & facilitator of a range of embodiment practices, including yoga, dance & connection with nature through ritual and ceremony. Her intention is to offer safe and supportive spaces, to be seen, heard and held as part of a collective and to provide tools and experiences for awakening your unique potential as a human being.
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