Yoga is a practice that has been around for over 5,000 years. Originally, Yoga was a way of life, or otherwise known as a religion, in India. Predominantly, males practiced and when asana (poses) became a part of the yoga tradition, young boys were taught from an early age. The pelvis of a man is structured differently than that of a woman's and bringing traditional teachings from India to the West is actually putting students at risk for injury. Think about this: what is happening here is that we are trying to force ourselves into alignment. We are Western stressed bodies and attempting to make them fit into Eastern poses. It can't happen. What is going to happen to our mature, beginner yogis is eventual injury. One can not force their body to look like the picture in "Light On Yoga" by BKS Iyengar. This is for a few reasons, but mainly because he has practiced his whole life and thus has a more pliable body.
Western Yoga can be a place where we let our egos drive us. Trying to put our bodies into the same postures brought to us by life-long devotees is unsafe. It is equal to treating our tendons and ligaments like we are bending a credit card back and forth. Eventually, something is going to break. So what is the answer here? For us, at Alpha Yoga School there are two main answers. 1. Do your research - attend workshops, watch YouTube videos, and read articles. 2. Take a Yoga Teacher Training Course (YTTC) that boasts a focus on anatomy or pose breakdown. YTTCs are not only attended by students that want to become Yoga Teachers. YTTCs are very often attended by students that want to learn more about the teachings. Many students wish to advance their practice and still remain a student. Alpha Yoga School welcomes both types of students, as well as puts a focus on Anatomy and pose breakdown.YTTC for personal development
Yoga Teacher Trainings for a career
YTT to advance understanding
Teachings of Yoga
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