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Finding the Best Yoga Teacher Training – The New Age Movement

Monday, June 7th, 2010

By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

What is the New Age Movement? Is it harmful? What do New Age concepts have to do with Yoga? Why do some Yoga teacher training courses inject variations of New Age philosophy in their curriculum?

What is the New Age Movement? New Age philosophy is not standardized. New Age spirituality is often characterized by the individual approach to religion, spiritual practice, and philosophy. The New Age movement is a Universalist spiritual approach, which seeks truth and the attainment of one’s highest potential.

The New Age movement often borrows universal concepts from every religion and many different philosophies. Due to the lack of standardization, it may be classified as a decentralized spiritual movement. It could be said that New Age spirituality is the pursuit of a communion with an ultimate reality, spiritual truth, or God – through some form of direct experience or insight.

Is it harmful? If you listen to religious fundamentalists, anything outside of their religion is harmful. If we take an objective look at all religions, there are common moral principles. There are differences, but one who searches for Universal Truths is going to cross reference a number of religions, and notice what they have in common.

For most of us, it is much easier to refer to ethics and morality from the roots of our religious instruction. Stealing and killing are not endorsed by any of the major religions of this century. Yet, religious conflicts still exist to this day. This tendency, of  a few religious leaders, to incite violent religious conflicts, has inadvertently created the New Age spiritual movement.

What do New Age concepts have to do with Yoga? Some religious fundamentalists lump all ideas, outside their religion, into one common belief. The truth is – New Age ideas have little to do with Yoga. They may borrow diagrams of the subtle body, Yamas, and Niyamas; but they also borrow principles from almost every philosophy, religion, and way of life.

Why do some Yoga teacher training courses inject variations of New Age philosophy in their curriculum? Perhaps, the founder, or director of Yoga instruction for teachers, has spiritual beliefs, which are rooted in some form of New Age spiritual concepts. Always remember that New Age spiritual beliefs are part of a vast alternative spiritual subculture, and can also be based upon religions or philosophies of the past.

With no standardization in New Age philosophy, there are many different viewpoints. Since Yoga is not standardized, it attracts people who want to experience spiritual growth, and have a wide variety of beliefs. Either way – Yoga and the New Age movement are two completely different entities; but both tend to attract independent thinkers.

© Copyright 2010 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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Finding the Best Yoga Teacher Training – Tutoring Limitations

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Most Yoga teacher certification courses offer some tutoring, or contact, with a mentor. This form of contact is possible, regardless of whether you have chosen an on-site or correspondence-based Yoga certification course. It seems impossible to believe that an in-person training would not have tutoring for interns – but it does happen.

Why do interns settle for a Yoga teacher training that has no support? Sometimes, an intern is trying to do his or her best to save on costs. Some people want to become a Yoga instructor, but they run into a variety of extra fees. Some of these fees include: tutoring fees, application fees, test fees, material fees, membership fees, and the list goes on.

These hidden fees can double, or triple, the cost of the training to become a certified Yoga teacher; that is not including the cost of time away from work, travel, lodging, and meals. There is a way to filter out the extra fees. One method is to ask the director of teacher training what the extra fees are. Some programs have no extra fees at all. Also, beware of agreements that have a back page full of fine print.

Fine print often indicates that an organization has much to hide. When an agreement has print, that is less than 10 point font, it hurts your eyes to read it; and this is an initial warning sign worth taking note. Is the purpose of fine print, in written agreements, meant to deceive or confuse?

Is the institution a member of the Better Business Bureau, and what is their track record with graduates? Are graduates, of the prospective training center, successful and happy? Satisfaction among graduates is the bottom line if you have decided to become a Yoga teacher.

Interestingly, some online Yoga certification programs have unlimited tutoring by Email and telephone. On top of this, there is no application with small print to endure. Interns can also take advantage of using Yoga teacher blogs and forums to get guidance from experienced teachers in every part of the world.

The educational resources on web-based Yoga training sites are free for the public to use. Archives are often filled with research, translations of Yogic philosophy, and video lectures or demonstrations. This access to education makes web-based education an attractive option for Yoga teacher interns.

Yet, there is still some concern about online training. Is online training a good form of education? Almost every university in the United States has online, correspondence, or night courses. Does anyone think an online course from Harvard University is inferior? Harvard is a well-respected Ivy League college, and it has a great online education program.

Online education is a wave of the 21st century. We can ignore it, or embrace a flexible option, for the education of Yoga instructors worldwide.

© Copyright 2010 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

See our testimonials to find out what our graduates have to say about teaching yoga classes and our selection of affordable online yoga instructor certification courses.

If you are a teacher, yoga school manager, blogger, e-zine, or website publisher, and are in need of quality content, please feel free to use my blog entries (articles). Please be sure to reprint each article, as is. Namaste!

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