"There were 29,590 yoga-related injuries seen in hospital emergency departments from 2001 to 2014. The trunk (46.6%) was the most frequent region injured, and sprain/strain (45.0%) accounted for the majority of diagnoses." ~ US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
I feel it's important to educate the public, without specifically calling out any certain style or 'level' of Yoga teacher, about the harsh reality of Yoga in America in 2019.
Unfortunately, over my 12 years of being in this field, I've observed that the public isn't educated as to what class to go to and why.
They're told that Yoga will help them, and they blindly trust that the teacher has the proper training (hint: there's a high probability they don't). Not to be scary, but... the mixture of false-confidence, a hot bod, and an eager 20-30-40 something can create a dangerous mixture for the uneducated public.
There are more and more Yoga teachers being pumped out each month (it's how many studios pay their rent).
Did you know that you can become a certified Yoga teacher nowadays in less than three weeks?
The Yoga Alliance is actually just a REGISTRY... it doesn't actually oversee anything; it's just a REGISTRY. Let that sink in. That's sort of scary...
It's created a dangerous model of people with 200 hours of training running trainings, and then those people open studios, and run trainings, and so on. Do some research... there's a ton of articles on this very subject. How did this happen? Yoga has boomed as a 'curated lifestyle brand' and everyone is struggling to keep up with the demands and wanting to make a living off of its popularity.
The essence of Yoga is being lost and commodified for the individuals gain.
My solution? The International Association of Yoga Therapists. I'm in a FOUR YEAR CLINICAL PROGRAM at an accredited university (in addition to my already 500+ hours of training in a lineage that's thousands of years old).
Second solution: I’ll be offering some advanced trainings for teachers and medical professionals (I already teach at a 500-hour training to folks who are already teachers).
I'm not saying my class or style is for everyone (I'm in recovery; I know better and truly don't actually believe this), but I'd like to offer myself as a resource if you're looking for guidance as to where to start.
People usually call me, quietly, after they've been hurt in Yoga classes.
Knees, ribs, wrists, neck...
They ask me what to do.
They say, 'the teacher said it was a beginner class, that I'd be fine.' The problem is that the teacher may truly believe they're teaching a 'beginner' class. There's just not enough training out there for teachers to be properly educated on how to work with the people who unknowingly walk into a Yoga studio, trusting they'll be taken care (hence, the ***29,590*** yoga-related injuries seen in hospital emergency departments from 2001 to 2014).
YOGA SHOULD NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, HURT. It should never hurt you. It's a HEALING modality.
There's a ton of really great teachers here in Ojai and I refer people often! I definitely have my favorite 5-6 teachers who I'd trust with my own body that I often send people to. I'd love to get you headed in the right direction and it'd be my honor to hear your story so we can get you on the right track.
I've chosen to make teaching Yoga my life and it's how I support my self (I'm lucky). However, I'd never do this at the expense of your health and well being.
I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.