The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga

“Classes with yoga in the name are a free-for-all now. Most of them are led by people who have practiced for a short time, then took a short training with an inexperienced teacher. Instructions about how to practice yoga have become practically extinct, replaced by music, smiles, and well-intentioned but misguided falsehoods.

Yoga has a big problem now. That is that most contemporary yoga teachers cannot answer one simple question that any teacher should be able to answer without hesitation. And that question is: What do you teach?

The vast majority of modern yoga teachers are incapable of breaking down the most basic concepts about what yoga is, what the human body is, and how they can work together in this thing called posture. They tell their students all about the magical things that happen when you do as they say but they cannot, for the life of them, explain what it is that they are doing and how that may connect to any usable tool for living.

It’s time that skilled yoga teachers, the ones who know this is not okay, to do something. So, where are you? What are you doing? Are you going to let this keep happening or are you going to speak up and help the world learn about yoga?”

From: American Yoga School

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1 Response to The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga

  1. Hello
    I came to India after practicing yoga for many years, more than 10, and did a 200 hours training to find out what I already knew! Schools are fool of students that are not well prepare, don’t practice enough or has nothing ese to do with their life’s.
    As you mention With your words and after reading James Brown’s blog, I find myself in the middle of a big business run by European smart people who don’t really care about yoga as much as they care about their pockets. I study physical therapy, osteophathy, Pilates, Physical education and Watsu massage, most of my class mates were lawyers, people with no studies at all, cleaning ladies or bar tenders. After all this time and all this practice and life dedication to human body and helping the people to get a better style of living and get a strength their health, I have the need to help people to be aware of what their doing in their practice and start teaching Yoga teacher about Biomecànics, Anatomy and physiology.
    I opened a fb page and working on a blog to spread the word, videos and teach workshops about it.
    Would be nice to have the support of a magazine or Profesional organization thinking and acting in the same direction
    Thank you for your words and iniciative

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