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April 27, 2015
Sometimes, I hear teachers that have just taken a course rave about how much it opened their eyes. For me, life has been one constant learning journey. Learning about yoga, history, new languages, and science has been a life long passion, but the real reason why we should participate in some sort of continuing education is clearly student safety.
As the numbers of participants in our classes has risen, some students have been injured. We could blame it on anything. The New York Times would like to blame yoga itself. The truth be known, you could have an injury while walking in a supermarket. Maybe the elderly shopper runs you into the cans with her scooter and it's your unlucky day. Life is full of risks and nothing is guaranteed. Coach potatoes get hurt while sitting and reaching for a beer during a football game.
The physical form of yoga is popular worldwide. If you go to India, you will see many people practicing physical yoga. Yes, Bhakti is still very popular in India, but there is misinformation in the west about the popularity of physical styles in India. Where am i going with this? Physical yoga is global and it takes place everywhere. Teachers have growing classes and should be educated in how to help students avoid injuries.
April 27, 2015
Glad to see you are posting again Gator! I agree that yoga has grown to a huge level of popularity and people who participate in asana or pranayama practice should know that there is potential to be injured. You could get hurt at home doing nothing too. Every moment of life is a chance to be hurt in a car, out for a walk, or going to work. You could slip and fall at any moment.
Nevertheless, yoga instructors should know ever little detail of safety protocol and establish a record of safe teaching methods with minimum risks for our students.
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