Some thoughts from my Facebook Page I posted after as comments after reading and sharing a recent blog commenting on the Yoga Teacher situation in the US amidst the debate on supporting or not national Yoga Registration Standards Bodies and Government Regulatory Bodies having the last word.
To which I would add a personal reflection that I feel relieved that my priorities are re-focused on training students to be students rather than have to contend with the ever-increasing number of Yoga teacher Training Courses amidst the increasing trend of ‘fast-tracking’ within them of students towards training to be a Yoga Teacher or the current vogue of becoming a ‘Yoga Therapist’, amidst the ever-increasing number of ‘Yoga Bodies’ seeking to be ‘the’ verifier, approver or regulator of ‘standards’.
It has also long been an issue for me and a cause of conflict to have to contend with a confusion of my priorities as a Yoga teacher in running teacher training courses.
“Training to learn how to teach Yoga is not the same as training to learn how to practice & study Yoga.”
In that my role as a teacher trainer is to train students to teach and the conflict with the realities of encountering students that are not yet adequately trained to practice, or in their understanding of and relationship to personal practice.
As I have said many times, my role as a trainer is to teach you to teach Āsana not teach you how to practice Āsana (amidst many other dimensions of learning Yoga).
This is part of why my future Yoga Teaching/Therapy Practitioner Programmes are just a mere 200 contact hour, 18 month course, but with no Yoga input as they will be completely focused only on the teaching of Yoga techniques, theory and textual study that you will have already learnt.
This means that there is a caveat in that the student needs to undertake a pre-requisite 250 contact hour training in all dimensions of Yoga Study and Practice prior to applying, if still interested, in professional training.
Also I feel it is good to not have to contend with both sides of the issue, of the trainee learning to be a student amidst setting up a teaching practice.
Or even just being able to offer students the alternative of having to undertake a teacher training course because you want to study Yoga merely as a student and the only way it seems to be able to do that is to undertake a teacher training.
Plus there are now many 100’s of, if not a 1000+, Yoga Teacher Training Courses in the UK these days competing for what must eventually become a shrinking training market as the reality of how saturated the Yoga teacher market place is becoming emerges……..”