Have you ever joined a yoga class and experienced an unforgettable moment that had nothing to do with the yoga? Perhaps you were stretching low into your downward dog, when your nose picked up on an unmistakably familiar odor drifting from a fellow classmate who hadn’t made friends with a shower in the past few days? Or maybe you were attempting a difficult movement and became totally lost because the couple in front of you were chatting through the teacher’s instruction?
Situations like these are unpleasant to say the least and may prove quite disruptive to your overall class experience. If you’ve been through something like this then you probably agree that there’s an art to being a good student that every person would benefit from learning. Just as creating a delicious meal depends on the individual ingredients, the makings of a quality class depends on the effort of all the participants.
To help spread awareness of what it means to be an ethical student at Acro Enso, we will be asking all of our guests to read and sign an ethical student agreement before attending our classes. We know that a piece of paper isn’t going to change habits like poor hygiene, however, what this does allow for is a means to address these issues head on. If a fellow student is consistently disruptive during class, teachers will be able to approach him or her with the signed agreement in order to work towards a mutually beneficial solution. At Acro Enso we value your quality class experience and are excited to share this with you soon once we’ve opened our doors!
The Acro Enso Ethical Student Agreement
I __________________ acknowledge my responsibility as a student at Acro Enso, to abide, to the best of my ability, by the following ethical student guidelines.
As an ethical student, I agree to…
- Practice consent at every opportunity
- Accept responsibility for my actions and behavior
- Encourage and support new faces in class
- Respect and communicate boundaries
- Report dangerous, inappropriate, or disruptive behavior
- Respect the teacher’s program and instruction
- Set a model example for new and beginner students
- Mind my personal hygiene and presentation
- Practice nonviolent, gender neutral, and nonsexual communication
- Respect the time to ask questions and the time to listen
- Take care of the equipment and space I use
- Be present and mindful with my teacher and classmates
- Support the quality of my class by practicing the guidelines of the ethical student