Victoria Austin lead the first IYNAUS Live-Streamed Continuing Education course on June 30, 2018 with 186 participants representing countries all over the world. An Intermediate Senior I CIYT and an international Buddhist Priest of the Soto School, Shosan Victoria Austin began the practice of both yoga and Zen in 1971. She has studied extensively in Pune with Guruji BKS Iyengar, and the Iyengar Family. She continues to study in San Francisco with Manouso Manos.
The course entitled: Ethics for Iyengar Yoga Teachers challenged us as Patti Martin described, "[...] to embrace issues, obstacles, and difference as the means to develop skill in instruction, observation and correction, and interaction. Starting from a strong foundation, we can integrate our individual teaching practice with the needs and responses of those around us, opening and deepening the experience of interpersonal, institutional and cultural peace."
Utilizing the IYNAUS Ethical Guidelines (the basis of which is the universal and personal moral disciplines of the Yamas and Niyamas as taught by BKS Iyengar), we explored areas of citta-bhavana or moral development. Victoria sited the recent Yoga Samachar article, The Yamas and Niyamas, Training Principles, Not Commandments, by Stephanie Quirk and encouraged everyone to read it.
Victoria presented several ways for us to gain a broader view of an ethical issue so as to better align our internal sense of what is right with our external expression to assure the most positive impact on our students and peers. A lot of content was covered and for this writer, it will require much review, contemplation, and of course practice. However, it is easy to see how the "new tools" can be added to our toolbox to help us move beyond our habitual, imprinted (samskara) and inherited ethical styles to create a more positive expression and outcome.
As a new medium for servicing IYNAUS Continuing Education, CrowdCast enabled interactivity such that students could ask questions via a sidebar chat area. While there was a glitch or two for some folks with a few frozen screens and audio issues, the live-streaming vehicle seemed to accommodate the group well. If you attended, please comment below, so students can learn from your experience. If you were unable to attend, look for the next course or email IYNAUS Continuing Education to find out how you can attend an upcoming course.