Yoga standard is required nowadays worldwide. Unfortunately Yoga is not standardized in each country. That’s way we can see a big difference in yoga teaching and learning in west and east. In most of the countries Yoga teacher can start give classes if he or she have 200 H certificate. In most of the schools it means education 24-around 30 days. In India there is an option to learn the Yoga in University with degree during 5-7 years. We can see it is a big difference. Why? Because yoga teacher or master or Acharya (आचार्य) is specialist that knows deep asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, some ayurveda, some yoga therapy. And these knowledge are available in two languages – Hindi and Sanskrit. In some colleges also in English. Yoga Alliance course for sure have variety of benefits but unfortunately because of lack of time physically can not provide such depth of knowledge as 5 years education in University. We always suggest our short term yoga students to keep continue to develop in their profession by attending workshops, anatomy classes, asana sequencing classes, learning precise influence of yoga on human’s health as well as last updates in yoga research.
Generally the yoga teacher should know and be able to perform stability according to the standard of
- Asana in classical hatha style
- Yoga philososhy
This includes not only knowledge in english but should well operate with basics of Sanskrit.
The main Aim is to prepare such type of student who is able to teach safely with understanding of body bio mechanics and bio kinetics, physiology, main body pathology. This teacher will have no problem with sequencing and indications of yoga postures administration.
As we can see in west countries the teacher can give yoga class without pranayama, meditation, based only on asana. This type of classes considered as fitness and not a yoga. Yoga class must be based on muscle tonus, stretching, stabilizing of breath, mental relaxation.
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