Episode 95: The Psychodynamics of the Yoga Teacher-Student Relationship With Coral Brown

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This week,  Coral Brown offers her take on the psychodynamics of the teacher-student relationship in yoga. Coral is  both a respected Prana Vinyasa yoga teacher and licensed mental health counselor with great insight into this topic.

There are obviously major differences in the therapist/patient relationship vs. the yoga teacher/student relationship. Yet, many of the same psychodynamics arise. Coral shares how transference, countertransference, unmet needs and behaviors all make their way into the yoga room, whether we’re aware of them or not.

She also shares:

*Her thoughts on why the teacher/student model inherently sets up a power differential and what we can do about it

*How therapists are trained and prepared to handle the dynamics that arise within the working relationship

*How she brings principles from her therapy training to her yoga teacher trainees

* Her process for using the chakra system as a roadmap for psychological self-discovery

*The role of charisma in elevating a teacher’s status

*Coral’s approach to manual adjustments and how they’ve changed through the years + how she’s changed her teaching style to empower her students to trust their own intuition rather than look just to her for guidance

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Coral’s Online Immersion — Chakras: The Psychology of Yoga
Episode 94: Live with Jason-All About Yoga Adjustments
Episode 93: Ending Sexual Abuse in the Yoga Community — A Conversation with Mary Taylor and Judith Hanson Lasater
Episode 19: Coral Brown — Geeky Fun With Hindu Deities


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