Sleeping in Savasana

My yoga journey

National Occupational Standards for Yoga

on September 26, 2016

I’ve been wanting to write about the National Occupational Standard for Yoga and the introduction for a few weeks but I’ve not had time to research it properly and give an opinion until now.

It’s been hard to find that much information about the proposal except open letters objecting to it. As far as I can tell Skills Active, a national body, are looking at creating a universally recognised  qualification for yoga. This would meant that there was one standard that teachers would need to be trained to and that they would ensure that all teachers know about anatomy, first aid, yoga practice and other useful things. While that seems like a good idea, I’m not sure. Yoga is such an open term. The things that you need to be able to teach a dynamic flow class of 30 is very different to a yin class of 5.

I know that the Yoga Alliance have a fixed set of things that have to be covered in a 200 hour course and that within this it still allows for the different styles to be taught and allows time for those who want to delve deeper into different parts do so. It’s not perfect but I don’t know if greater regulation is the best way.

I also slightly find it odd the idea that currently if you go down the REPS route of teaching then you can take 2-3 months to do an online level 2 course and then two days or less than 15 hours to learn how to ‘teach a yoga style workout’ and then start teaching dynamic classes. How does learning online anatomy and two days of training make you better than my 20 days spread over 9 months with learning between?

I guess it’s a complex thing and I know what I like in my teachers and I trust that they are suitably qualified. I also tend to know my body and can avoid doing things that I think will hurt me.

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