1 get consent.
Sounds obvious, but keep in mind that some people may not give an honest answer when asked if they want an assist, says Gina Caputo, founder of the Colorado School of Yoga. “Give students a chance to express their consent—or not—prior to the time you’d like to give the assist, and preferably with some privacy or in writing,” she says. For example, you might ask students to raise an arm in the air during the first Child’s Pose if they want to be adjusted, says Sarah Silvas, co-owner of Earth Yoga in Boulder, Colorado, and associate director for equity compliance at Naropa University. “Using language that allows students to opt in rather than opt out creates an atmosphere of inclusivity,” she says.