We have thought long and hard about why yoga practitioners suffer through various movements in discomfort and we have come to the conclusion, it is because they have never learned otherwise! Keep reading and learn the answer to this important question: What’s missing in the yoga industry?
Yoga is based on an ancient tradition, where many teachings in the west have crossed over into a realm which focuses on external form and gratification over deep knowingness and self-discovery. The art of listening to one’s body, breath, mental and emotional state and applying just the right stimulus seems to pervade many yoga teachings.
Outward and big, strong and deep, take precedence over soft and yielding, self sensing and slowing down.
Having spent years in various trainings, securing our credentials and qualifications, we have directly experienced the wear and tear of the “western” approach to yoga and how bodies are hurting and broken.
Not to mention we hear the cries of clients who are stressed, out of balance, disconnected and vulnerable.
So, we asked ourselves, What Missing in the Yoga Industry?
The answer is direct and obvious. The Industry needs quality continuing education that:
Teaches what appropriate and functional movement is, and what it feels like.
Teaches students the skill of Interoception, the art of listening to their somas.
Covers neuroscience and how the brain controls or restricts movement.
Explores practices to nourish the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems fostering rebalance on all the Kosha layers.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings initiate a new teacher into the postures, an intro to the Yoga Sutras and basic philosophy and begin to cover anatomy, not necessarily anatomy of movement. This level of training is the foundation, the doorway.
The depth of a teacher and his or her teachings comes from experience, embodiment, questioning and practice. The more a teacher teaches, the more they refine their practice. And the more bodies they see the more curious they get.
And after a few years these teachers express a desire to learn more deepen their awareness. Most often this is because they can more clearly see how their students have limitations of movement, carry burdens of trauma and limiting beliefs, and are suffering beyond the physical layer.
Are 1 in 5 Students in Pain?
If the statistics say that 1 in 5 Canadians has pain, then you might rationally assume that 1 in 5 people in a yoga class is also in pain. Several of the students that attended our September 2019 SomaYoga Training in Whitby, Ontario, came because they wanted to learn how to help their students in pain?
So back to our original question – What is missing in the yoga industry?
We believe there is a void of professional continuing education trainings that cover the following topics:
What is functional movement?
What is just the right stimulus?
How to release deep patterns held in the nervous system through the somatic technique of Pandiculation.
Why bracing through movement does not functionally make sense?
How muscles work and how they relate to the brain.
We are here to support teachers to be more skilled at addressing the needs of their clients on all layers of their being-ness. What we have to teach will help teachers better serve their clients in the best possible way.
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