Yoga classes are a two-way street that require a response from both the instructor and the student. A class at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA was held stating that touching a student during a yoga workshop can be calming and emotionally stimulating to the student. However, if there isn't a bond between teacher and student, touching and adjusting poses can be harmful and uncomfortable.
A teacher who touches you can help you to do poses correctly and your breath will expand and you'll breathe deeply. Touch plays a positive role producing nerve fibers primarily dedicated to sending signals and responses to the brain. This pathway to the brain is the area associated with pleasure.
Make sure touching isn't too extreme, romantic, or maternal. Teachers touch to help the student alleviate chronic pain, go deeper into postures, and to not be too fatigued or overwhelmed. Students who don't like to be touched during a yoga session must tell their teachers and a smart, intuitive instructor will understand and continue going into postures without touching.
Most students are receptive to being touched. It can feel wonderful and it enhances the practice. A teacher who uses touch with students should approach them with mindfulness and move slowly into the student's space. Don't startle your student and be aware how he/she responds. Observe and transform. Never give up on your health.