1 get con­sent.

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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.

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