Although many forms of yoga training have existed for thousands of years, Hatha (the yoga of physical mastery) is a relative newcomer in comparison to the other main systems of Yogic methodology in India. Hatha dates back as recently as the 15th century with Svami Svatmarama and is the base for many popular styles today such as Iyengar, Bikram, Kundalini, and Ashtanga.
I know, we have plenty of guys out there teaching, taking Yoga teacher training courses, and practicing in the studio or at home. I'm happy to see an increase among men who teach Yoga or attend classes regularly.
You might not understand why skeletal health is such a big part of a yoga teacher training course. Anyone who has suffered joint pain knows what an important role the joints play in overall body function and a healthy, happy lifestyle.
If you teach vinyasa, hot or power Yoga classes, you might not get many requests for an expanded relaxation segment. Specific classes attract specific students. That said, if you just completed a restorative Yoga teacher training course, the end of your classes should focus on deep relaxation.
During most Yoga teacher training courses, the health of the skeletal body and it's relationship with asana is covered. The weak links within the skeletal body are our joints. Our joints are the areas of the body in which bones are joined together, and this allows bones to glide freely and painlessly.
Some Yoga teacher training courses spend 90% of their efforts toward perfection of asana, but as we already know, Yoga is about more than just a perfect asana. It is also about connecting the body and the mind through the process of learning meditation, mantra and breathing techniques.
In a yoga teacher training course, many subjects are discussed and among them is the safety of our students in the studio and in their homes. Compared to many other child activities, asana, pranayama and meditation are not the most dangerous activities our kids can practice.
After completing my third yoga teacher training course, one student raised her hand and asked, “Now that you know everything, who has more tension in the hips – men or women?” My answer was and still is, “I don’t know it all, but both genders have a lot of tension and tightness in the hips."
Some yoga instructor certification courses, teach you to be responsive to your students needs, while others teach you to become a pseudo-drill sergeant. Depending on how you relate to others, you are attracted to one of these two schools of thought. One Guru thinks everybody needs a spanking, while many others stress student safety in their yoga teacher training courses.
Each of us has manuals, notes, texts, and study guides from our yoga teacher trainings, but we need comprehensive medical studies for every ailment. Many yoga instructors still do trial and error methods.