There seems to be a stereotypical view of what a Yoga teacher should look like. Worse yet, there seems to be a preconceived notion about what a Yoga teacher should...
Many people compare the Yoga teacher certification process to a big hurdle in life, but the day an intern receives his or her diploma, for teaching Yoga, is only the beginning of the journey.
When one decides to become a Yoga teacher, there are many responsibilities. We are obligated to keep our students safe and to guide them toward states of relaxation and meditation. The physical style we know as Hatha is more than an exercise session. Hatha is one of the most widely recognized forms of Yoga.
In addition to these specific asanas, the practice of controlled breathing relaxes muscles and calms the autonomic nervous system, reducing vascular pressure and lowering heart rate. Recommended poses and breathing exercises vary depending on individual experience and degree of symptoms. As you should have learned in your foundational yoga teacher training, most of the recommended asanas for varicose veins are inversions which are contraindicated for high blood pressure, stroke recovery, eye problems, and heart conditions.
The cost of becoming a yoga instructor varies by the school and the qualifications required of instructors. To become a yoga teacher in specialized schools like Bikram or Iyengar can cost much more than training for certifications at other schools.
Yoga ideally could and should be taught to school children as this is the first arena where minds and associated bodily responses are melded in a person’s life. For those fortunate to be unschooled this may not be a problem, but for most the immersion in this “one box fits all” artificial environment can affect the psych in such a way that can last for a life time.