Evolving Ethics in Yoga Communities with Noah Maze
Noah Maze and I talk about the evolving ethics of yoga communities and how being a leader is both a vulnerable place and an opportunity to grow. Listen to how both of these community leaders have navigated their group evolution.
I rap with Noah Maze about:
- Ethical considerations for yoga communities
- Exploring complexities of teacher-student and employee-employer relationships
- The lessons Cate learned from Monica Lewinsky
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- Why creating an ethos around your community is important
- How Cate and Noah each work to evolve ethics in their individual online communities
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- 07:32 – Yoga ethics and how they fit into creating communities; how social media has changed the way we interact
- 10:18 – Cate discusses how she creates an appropriate space on her online forums
- 15:10 – The more you’re known, the more you open yourself up for being a target of others’ projections; also your actions and speech are ever more important
- 21:33 – The struggle of yoga communities and intimacy in relation to the other parts of our lives
- 22:29 – Current political climate in U.S., a lot of people’s trauma and wounds are being triggered, especially for yogis who are more sensitive
- 26:02 – Cate discusses hearing Monica Lewinsky at Wisdom 2.0 and how that experience helped Cate see that opinions we form of people are our own, not necessarily reality
- 32:04 – Noah discusses the importance of having conversations around ethics of communities. How ethical case studies are learning opportunities
- “We have a choice to shape the ethos [of our communities]” – Cate
- “They ‘Why’ for me is always bringing me back to the core. Core Values and Core Mission.” – Noah
Noah Mazé is papa to Madeleine and Oliver, and his fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined. Noah is best known for his clear and precise teaching style, tangible knowledge, and an ability to transmit with openness, curiosity, and wit.
Noah began a regular practice of hatha yoga when he was 14 years old. Early on, he was honored to study with Richard Freeman, Pattabhi Jois, and Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Manouso Manos among many others. Noah continues to be an avid student of yoga and various yoga teachers across styles and disciplines.
Noah is ever-advancing global conversation and curriculum in yoga education. In 2012 he co-founded his school, YOGAMAZÉ, with his wife, Tracy. Together they have pioneered training content (both in person and online) to enhance skills of yoga teachers and studios in nearly every corner of the world.
Noah is a faculty member at the 1440 Multi University and Esalen Institute, and a regular presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and Wanderlust Festivals. He regularly contributes to the usual suspects of yoga publication. In addition to creating and developing the entirety of YOGAMAZÉ’s curriculum, Noah serves as faculty on Wanderlust’s 300 hour trainings and acts as a consultant to corporations developing advanced yoga education programs worldwide.
In Los Angeles, Noah offers weekly classes and in-depth programming at his home studio, Wanderlust Hollywood. He is blessed to share life with his wife, Tracy, his two children, Madeleine (8) and Oliver (5), three rescued dogs, two kittens, and one goldfish.