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April 27, 2015
Kind Regards: Hamed, Harmony & Eartheart,
Many spiritual forms of yoga don't need all of the safety measures, but Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga are different. More physical forms of Yoga as taught in the west need more respect for their teacher's policies. If the new students already know everything about yoga, let them bother the studio down the road.
One point to make regarding teaching yoga as an exercise for mind and body for a fee. Yoga teachers want to increase student numbers. This can cause feelings that border on greed. Yoga schools don't stick to firm safety policies. Students demand and teachers bend over backwards. THIS IS A MISTAKE!
Traditional sessions with a Guru are special for students who appreciate Yoga. If new students want to break all the rules, it is up to the ashram to post rules. Give rules to all students on the first day of class. Post rules on your bulletin boards and web site. Then stand behind the rules. Who will answer for a student injury? The student?
As Harmony said: "you have to protect them from themselves." Well said! That is the timeless role of all teachers. If a student wants to hurt herself, she can do it on her own time. Taking risks can't be allowed to happen when you teach.
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