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Catrin2011-03-23 20:18:36 +0000 #1
I've learned that the wife of one of my spinning class fellow students is a certified yoga instructor. She's been practicing since 1985 and received her teaching certification via a 3-year residency at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and has also worked at the Center for Holistic Medicine in the Chicago area.

It sounds good, but I don't know anything about Yoga certification. She offers classes through a local area church - several 8-week programs. I just have her winter/spring schedule but assume that she will teach all summer.

What say ye Yoga mavens, is this good certification?
indysteel2011-03-23 20:21:29 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by Catrin

I've learned that the wife of one of my spinning class fellow students is a certified yoga instructor. She's been practicing since 1985 and received her teaching certification via a 3-year residency at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and has also worked at the Center for Holistic Medicine in the Chicago area.

It sounds good, but I don't know anything about Yoga certification. She offers classes through a local area church - several 8-week programs. I just have her winter/spring schedule but assume that she will teach all summer.

What say ye Yoga mavens, is this good certification?

Most yoga certifications start with a 200-hour a teacher training class taught by/at any number of schools and institutions. From there, they can get additional training. It appears that the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy offers 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training.

There are good certified instructors out there and bad. Add in the fact that there are different types of yoga and different environments in which to practice it, and it becomes rather subjective. It involves some trial and error. See if you can try the class out once before signing up for a full session.
Catrin2011-03-23 21:03:09 +0000 #3
That is a good idea, I think I can just take one class from her before I commit to an 8-session package. I am going to try her out after I've used my 5 free beginning yoga classes at my club just to get an idea what it is like.

Thanks!

Back to work - it is really hard to get back into the swing of things today for some reason...
jessmarimba2011-03-23 21:18:51 +0000 #4
We have one lady at my gym who is this-certified and that-certified and is always going on retreats, etc...she is awful. She is far too concerned about how a pose looks, even if the student isn't physically able to make it perfect, and she is always coming around and pushing you into positions you can't do without help. It doesn't make for a relaxing class. Plus she is a creepy-toucher.

My favorite teacher is a sub who is really only qualified to teach pilates.

Certification, while it implies knowledge, does not necessarily mean they can impart that knowledge effectively to others! Good luck and I hope it's everything you expect
Catrin2011-03-23 20:59:26 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by jessmarimba

....Good luck and I hope it's everything you expect

I don't know WHAT to expect, so that should be easy. I won't be visiting this woman until at least the summer though. All I have is a first name and an initial for the woman who teaches the beginning yoga at my club - and at my level I am sure she will be fine
withm2011-03-23 21:04:57 +0000 #6
I took one yoga class for 8 weeks or so. I loved the stretching part. I hated the "help" and the yoga "mumbo-jumbo." When one instructor insisted in maniuplating my post surgical shoulder I came very close to smacking him where it really hurts.

Here are two recent NYT articles on the subject that you may want to consider when evaluating your prospective yoga classes:

The Delicate Art of Adjustments

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

GENTLY, PLEASE Jason Ray Brown and Frances Taylor-Brown, a married couple who teach at Zenyasa Yoga and Wellness Studio, illustrate adjustments to poses.

By EMILY S. RUEB

Published: February 11, 2011

THINGS can get awkward when a group of strangers strip down to their spandex in a steamy, sweaty room. This is especially true in yoga class, where getting into a camel pose, for instance — thrusting your hips forward while kneeling — can feel, well, a bit “porny,” as Claire Dederer put it in the prologue of her memoir, “Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses.”

see link for the rest:

www.nytimes.com/2011...scp=5&sq=yoga&st=cse

Rebel Yoga

James Estrin/The New York Times

Tara Stiles, who attracted a following with YouTube yoga videos, says, “My life is a bunch of people inside the computer.” At right, in her studio in NoHo.

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

Published: January 21, 2011

TARA Stiles does not talk about sacred Hindu texts, personal intentions or chakras. She does not ask her yoga classes to chant. Her language is plainly Main Street: chaturangas are push-ups, the “sacrum” the lower back. She dismisses the ubiquitous yoga teacher-training certificates as rubber stamps, preferring to observe job candidates in action.

See link for the rest:

www.nytimes.com/2011...scp=2&sq=yoga&st=cse
indysteel2011-03-23 21:27:54 +0000 #7
Since I started having problems with my hips, I specifically tell instructors that I don't want to be adjusted in class. I already understand most poses, so if I'm modifying my body in some fashion or otherwise not doing the pose "correctly," there's likely a reason. If you'd rather not be touched, just tell them that.
Muirenn2011-03-23 23:46:49 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by withm

I took one yoga class for 8 weeks or so. I loved the stretching part. I hated the "help" and the yoga "mumbo-jumbo." When one instructor insisted in manipulating my post surgical shoulder I came very close to smacking him where it really hurts.

Whoa!

I always tell any yoga instructor at the start that I have a number of physical issues and don't want to be touched. Verbal corrections only.

Some can get quite an attitude about this.

It's annoying. And it means I'm not going back to the class.

Of course, I don't always agree with what they tell me either.

Guess I'm just difficult that way

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