Article by Ramona Meisch
Okay, Yoga has become popular, it is all over the world and everybody acknowledges that moving your body, stretching, strengthening and then relaxing again is beneficial for you. And this is how yoga classes are often – an alternative to gymnastics or Aerobics, maybe with a little more attraction because of its exotic touch. And a yoga teacher is nothing else than a fitness trainer without the fitness machines.
If you are of this opinion and want to keep it, then you can stop reading this article now.
Yoga is more than that Have you ever been to a teacher who did his or her Yoga Teacher Training in India or learned instead of learning from someone who got it from someone who learned it from someone who read a book about yoga sometime and then founded a yoga brand? It is fine if your teacher has not been to India and learned from another person or organization but your teacher should know where yoga comes from and what the essence of it is. Yoga does not mean ‘Make your body as flexible as you can’Yoga is not only the body, it is about the mind and the soul, tooWould you be surprised if I tell you that I have been to yoga workshops in which only a fourth of the time was spent on doing physical exercises? And these were some of the greatest workshops that I have ever been to.
There are so many things to do: Pranayama (breathing exercises),exercises for the eyes, of course the Asanas, meditation and then a great ancient philosophy, deep and so relevant to today’s everyday’s lifeSo why is it that so many yoga teachers neglect these other parts?
One theory is definitely that the focus of society and public opinion is, as explained above, on the physical part. There is not yet enough appreciation for the benefits of different breathing techniques, meditation still seems to be something only people do who have too much time and if you don’t have time for that, why would you even care about philosophy? Today’s life is too busy, there are too many problems to solve, just give them yoga for keeping the body fit, nothing else
So yoga teachers who offer a course and announce before that they will include meditation and philosophy may be afraid of losing clients who think that they just lose time if they come. Or maybe they don’t know anything about the benefits themselves? Others announce a yoga class and then secretly sneak in some philosophical basics, as much as they dare say. After all there may be successful business managers sitting in front of them, popular and – again most important – very busy people
Don’t let yoga become gymnastics with incense sticks No, let other people know why they should especially come for a yoga workshop where they hear about the backgroundsTell them that it is about their livesYes, thousands of years ago people had difficulties concentrating and today, too, why wouldn’t you use the methods of that time to get rid of your problems today? In that time, too, people had the longing for love, something to fulfil them or a spiritual desire and they found and described the solutions which we find today in the yoga philosophy. You will find that people are delighted to hear about this. They will tell you how for long they have been searching for answers but in the corporate business world never found anybody to ask.
Yoga teachers: please don’t hide your knowledge about the philosophy, don’t let this great wisdom be hidden from the stress and hectic of modern live because then you do exactly the opposite of what yoga says. Don’t be afraid of teaching yoga the way it is and how it is authentic and original.
And if you don’t know this by now, if you thought yoga is just for the body, there are many ways to find out more. One that I can recommend is coming to India and doing an Advanced Yoga Training for Teachers in the country of its origin. Enjoy the culture, dive into this experience and feel yoga as it is lived – and your classes at home will definitely benefit&# 13;
About the Author
Ramona Meisch is writing from Swami Balendu’s Ashram in India where you can take part in Ayurveda Yoga Retreats of several weeks as well as Yoga Trainings for Teachers. On http://www.jaisiyaram.com you can find out more about the activities at the Ashram as well as workshops of yoga, Ayurvedic cooking, chakra dance parties and more abroad.