What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day 185 - Yoga factory

Today was a lazy day.  Marianne and I really felt like taking a nap.  Instead we decided to go to a yoga which matched our mood.  We went to Samadhi and took a Restorative class with Kristine Whittle.   Restorative yoga is a really relaxed type of yoga.  It is really a chance to get into a meditative state and get a nice gentle stretch.  It is somewhat like a feeling of giving yourself a massage.  After the class I felt like I had taken a nap and was refilled with power and energy.

It seems that every class I go to lately there is a giant buzz of teacher training.  Every studio is now offering some type of yoga teacher training.  It seems that more and more people are jumping on to these yoga teacher training programs.  As the studios continue to promote the "you too can become a teacher." marketing programs, more and more teachers are being thrown out into this world. 

I understand that some people may be going to these trainings to gather information to help them for self growth.  Most people are going so they can start teaching others.  The western way is teaching us that if you can do a handstand you can be a teacher.  Actually if you can't do a handstand you can still be a teacher.  This is how I see how the west is teaching yoga...

Step 1 - Come to yoga.
Step 2 - Practice yoga.
Step 3 - If you have a cheerleading, gymanist, or dancing background you are a great yogi.
Step 4 - Go to teacher training
Step 5 - You are enlightened.

I have seen people become teachers after being a student for 2 months.  The main reason studios are offering yoga teacher training programs is for money.  I do not know anyone who is turned down in most of these studios. 

Why not be a student?  Why is there always the next step in yoga?  What is wrong with being a student for 50 years?  For me I want nothing more from yoga, but to be a student.  I want to continue to dive into deeper into myself.  I want to learn more about who I am.  When I talk to people about going to yoga I encourage them to be a student.

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