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justwannabe2010-07-05 13:32:28 +0000 #1
something to think about.

how many people take a couple of yoga classes and feel a little better and all of the sudden want to be an instructor. Is yoga just about poses or a whole spectrum of things for life? On here I ask questions on food, the cleansing processs, the body, getting sick, etc.. but get very few replies on those topics but if I were to ask about a posture, everyone knows those. Yoga is much more then postures and a couple of breaths. when thinking about being an instructor you are taking on a big responsibility. You are implying that you are an authority of some sort. I have asked instructors questions in person and they sometimes have very little in the way of answers. If you want to teach yoga or do teach yoga, what do you need to know? All of yoga, or just a few asanas. Science is still trying to catch up to the yoga practice of a few thousand years ago. Not just the posture practice but the whole science of yoga. If you teach or want to teach yoga, will you teach wal mart yoga? Not meant to offend anyone but just to provoke thoughts,

enjoy the journey

seeker


xela2010-07-05 13:48:30 +0000 #2
I think that because of the big boom, a lot of people are jumping on the "bandwagon" and becoming teachers too quickly to fill the demand. I think there are a lot of yoga instructers and just personal trainers in general who shouldn't be teaching.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 14:09:34 +0000 #3
If yoga were actually being taught to those folks you mention there would be far fewer. If potential teachers were asked to live yoga, if they were asked to examine 15 simple things in their life - Kleshas, Yama, and Niyama, then I suspect off they would go finding it too "hard" or too "much".

But you are on target. What is being taught to teachers is asana - and it is not being taught very well at all. And when teachers are not taught well then teachers do not teach well. And from there the progression is obvious. It's the State of the Union. It should not be offensive to anyone. The only reason to find offense would be an inner inadequacy or insecurity.

As to your question about posts of your being responded to there are several answers to that. One, there isn't a wide band of traffic here. Two, you are assuming those responding to asana questions are responding accurately. Getting an inaccurate response to asana is no better or worse than getting no answer to the Yamas. Three, you must also consider that some do not reply not as a result of their knowledge, or lack thereof, but as a result of the original post.

For most people yoga is only asana.
yogiforlife2010-07-05 14:54:08 +0000 #4
Personally, I don't get into that part all that much. I haven't researched Yoga by reading a lot of books. I simply focus on how it makes me feel. I don't view those people who are into the spiritual nature of it as "weirdos" or what not, I'm glad it does that for them. I do it to exercise my body which in turn makes my mind feel better. I do meditate occasionally when I feel like I need to but its not the focal point of my practice. I'm sure others will criticize me for saying that but thats just the way I feel. Perhaps as I get older the meditation and relaxtion aspect will begin to overtake the asana/excercise part but for now, I'm happy with what I'm doing.

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