All forms of practice have their place at different times in life, and finding what suits you at is a very personal decision. The adaptable nature of viniyoga means it changes with you as your life changes, rather than requiring that you strive to sustain the same standardised forms of practice. Viniyoga is sustainable and supportive as you deepen your yoga practice over the years.
The British Wheel of Yoga is an organisation that offers yoga teacher training and accreditation, and a good standard of teacher training. It is the national governing body for yoga and the largest yoga membership organisation in the country. It ensures a minimum standard of teacher training so that the teacher is experienced enough and knowledgeable enough to safely run a group yoga class for the wide range of participants that each class attracts. Many teacher training courses these days are available to take as 1-6 month intensives however the British Wheel still maintains that 2-years is the minimum time period to fully explore, train and prepare to become a yoga teacher. Part of the yoga teachers job is to guide participants to move beyond their familiar physical and mental comfort zone and to do this safely is key to good teaching. They also require annual continual professional development have a good quarterly magazine.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to teaching at the annual yoga teacher conference and hope to see you there!
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The Association for Yoga Studies (AYS) had their annual conference this weekend which was brilliantly inspirational. About 100 yoga teachers got together to share ideas, take workshops on everything from 'yoga breathing for pain relief during labour' to exploring faith or confidence through yoga. It was a great chance to discuss ways of teaching some of yoga's timeless principles. Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton were the plenary speakers focusing on Pajanjali's teachings in the Yoga Sutras about awareness, how yoga practice can effect our very being, effecting us potentially in quite profound ways, and also exploring how we see the world once we allow our yoga practice to deepen. Inspiring stuff.
Beyond the brilliant sessions from the weekend, a lasting memory is the Saturday night entertainment where we were led in a rendition of a funny song where we all joined in the chorus 'oh it all makes sense when your lying on the mat'. Funny but true... yoga helps us feel good on the mat, but the effects of yoga practice can be much longer lasting and helpful day to day - sometimes!