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Should yoga teachers be required to have a state license?
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Mark Franklin

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June 22, 2006 - 8:59 pm
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Namaskar and Thank You Sonooo,

"The yoga teacher training course practiced today bears little resemblance to the discipline that began humbly almost 5,000 years ago, but in its rich and varied history, yoga has always evolved to meet the needs of the culture it serves."

I agree with you completely and I doubt that any training for yoga teachers vaguely resembles what it was 5,000 years ago. Every science is a work in progress. Yoga is a science of life, but there is a point that Deepaman made about fitness yoga that I would like to take further.

The gyms where injuries constantly happen in fitness yoga classes should label their classes correctly. I was in a beginner class with the temperature over 100 degrees. Nobody warned us about heat! The instructor barked out orders. She pushed, insulted, yelled and jumped on the students. I left and spoke to the management. They said, "People want to be treated like that."

There is nothing stopping students from using common sense. If a yoga teacher is negligent you should get up and leave. My friend stayed for the whole class. She was beet red and vomitted in the locker room for 15 minutes after class and she wasn't alone.

If you all want to pay for abuse, what does that say about you?? But this isn't yoga at all. The teachers from these hot yoga schools should be trained about anatomy, safety and real yoga. Gyms that condone these classes should be boycotted. I don't teach yoga classes to hurt anyone.


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