What is the Flip-Chip? A discreet yet clear and explicit way for students to indicate when they want a hands-on assist in a yoga class, creating a culture of mindfulness and respect, in keeping with yoga philosophy.
Consent-based yoga rests on several key principles, including: respect for personal boundaries; respect for individual autonomy and freedom of choice; and, respect for the teacher, forever challenged to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number.
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“I’ve been using the flip-chips for several months in yoga classes and on yoga retreats. Both the students and I feel empowered! I’ve noticed that the flip-chips inspire practitioners to be more thoughtful and sensitive to their own needs, to consider themselves afresh each time they practice. Flip-chips give me the confidence to know that my assists are welcome.”
"I would not consider holding a yoga class or designing a trauma-informed yoga program that did not require the use of the flip-chips. They deliver the message: you are welcomed, accepted, and respected just as you are—a message everyone deserves to hear, especially before stepping onto their mat."
"I love using the flip-chip when I teach because it lets members have a voice as to whether they are comfortable with assistance in class when I am teaching. They are easy to use and quite cute. They are great especially if you are working with new students and do not have an opportunity to chat with them before class."
"Thank you for your innovation. My dream is that ALL yoga studios will have a stack of these one day! You are starting a necessary revolution in yoga studios that will make attendance safe as well as fully allow students to be present during class and not distracted with anxiety or worry or fear about a teacher coming over and adjusting them - if they don't want that!"
"Thank you for asking” were the powerful words gifted to me by a student when I offered flip-chips in my class this week. As a psychotherapist and yoga teacher, I find it immensely important to refrain from making assumptions, even well-intentioned ones about the needs of our students. Instead, we have the capacity to help our students heal by assisting them to develop and utilize their own voice as practitioners and human beings. Flip-chips are an easy and accessible way to fulfill that mission."
Yoga Puts Consent at its Core
We introduced the Yoga Flip-Chip in 2012, at a Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Back then, consent-based yoga lived on the very outer fringes of our cultural galaxy. How things have changed in a few short years! Thanks to #MeToo and countless initiatives such as Yoga Alliance's Standards Review Project, consent-based yoga is rapidly becoming the norm. We're proud to have played a small part in this very important evolution.
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