I'm Nina, founder of Yogaflipchip. What is the Flip-Chip? A beautiful, discreet way for students to say when they want a hands-on assist, and when they'd prefer to be left in peace. It's all about creating a consent-based studio culture -- our mission since 2012.
We've long offered studio sets for teachers, and now -- after countless individual requests -- we've just launched Flip-Chips for students!
"Consent-based yoga" is going mainstream. Yoga Alliance now encourages the use of language and tools that support consent-based yoga to promote safe student-teacher relationships, advance inclusivity and trauma sensitivity in yoga, and foster empowered self-inquiry for all yoga students.
Our beautiful bamboo Flip-Chips are made in the USA from premium Japanese bamboo and our Yogamat version is made from 100% natural rubber.
They're made to last a lifetime. Enjoy!
Yoga teacher, physical therapist & founder, Yogaflipchip
p.s. if you have questions please send us a message via the Contact tab and include your phone number, thanks!
"I teach Yoga in my studio, as well as at a local Children's Hospital, where I guide young patients in a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga class. Therefore, it was very important to me to find a product specifically for their needs, allowing them (or any of my students) to give their consent for touch or to decline the same...without having to summon up the courage to speak aloud in class, as that can be a very difficult thing for someone to do. I discovered Yoga Flip-Chips when searching online, and immediately placed an order for the 25 Yogamat Flip-Chips. The order was placed late in the week, but I was going to need the product before Monday morning. Long story short, I contacted the company, Giles replied and, to my complete surprise, made arrangements for the product to be shipped to me on Saturday, the extra cost of shipping covered by them. The order arrived on Saturday and in time for my Monday class. The product was exactly what I was searching for! I could not have been more grateful for both their compassionate customer service and their mindful product. My appreciation is beyond measure. Thank you!" (Gianna, E-RYT, YACEP)
30 Bamboo Flip-Chips - Chakra I
Consent-Based Yoga Goes Mainstream
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. Because many Yogis still want assists, just on their own terms. We're proud to have played a small part in this very important evolution.
“I believe that it is not only my goal, but also my duty as an instructor to create a safe space for my students. Giving students the ability to consent to hands-on adjustments and have the power to change their mind at anytime is a critical part of my teaching style. Whether everyone in my class is a trauma survivor, or no one is, I believe reminding people that they have a choice in what happens in their personal space is imperative. Yoga helped me work through my own trauma, and I became a yoga instructor to share this beautiful practice with others. It is not just a physical practice, but a means of learning so much about oneself, that gives us the ability to heal.”
“What if you had the power of choice without feeling vulnerable in a yoga class? Sometimes it’s nice to have a gentle assist to remind us where we should safely be in a posture. Then there are other days or even weeks we would crumble and fall apart at the mere thought of someone assisting us. In the classes I teach you will always be offered a choice. You may choose to be assisted or not and can change your mind at anytime during the class. My goal is for you to feel safe on your mat and the class environment while you practice. I teach through a Trauma Informed lens. It is always your choice, always your body, always your breath. You may join us or take a position of comfort. First and foremost the breath connection is a priority. The physicality is merely a bonus. I work with men and women of all ages but I primarily work with pre- and post-natal women. I have been a Respiratory Therapist for 22 years now and work with the neonatal and labor and delivery population currently. I feel deeply connected to helping women safely connect to their own bodies both physically and mentally. The Yoga Flip-Chip is a fantastic tool that puts the choice of touch in the students hands.”
E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®
Proud to be part of this community!
Flip-chips in NYC
“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."