PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — During yoga practice sessions, instructors often help students with body alignment, especially during certain poses, like up-dog, triangle and crow. And sometimes, it gets to be hands-on alterations to a pose.
“I wanted to allow people to have the power to say yes or no,” said Octavia Plachkov, a private yoga instructor with 215Yoga.com.
Plachkov bought a Flip Chip to allow her yoga students to have the power to consent.
“It has ‘assist’ on one side and ‘no assist’ on the other side,” she said. “Everybody gets a token.”
Plachkov says it’s a way for people to politely indicate if they want the hands-on adjustment from their teachers.
“Someone might have experienced a traumatic, life event, that they don’t want to be touched. Like it was sexual harassment, some kind of violence, or maybe they are just having a bad day,” said Plachkov. “No one’s judged, everyone feels equally respected in terms of their boundary and privacy.”
And, so far, it’s been well-received by the people she teaches.
“It’s been amazing,” Plachkov said. “They love it.”