The Yoga Tutor

Process of Learning Yoga

[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 24 ]

There are many things being taught under the umbrella of the word yoga, and there are many people who teach with lack of knowledge and experience.

A great number of people who teach yoga today are not qualified to do so, regardless of certificates from yoga institutions or registrations from various yoga associations proclaiming them to be teachers.

As you progress in your understanding, you will become increasingly better able to differentiate between the good and the bad, the profound and the superficial.

Ultimately, with enough experience and practice, you will become your own guide. However, developing the knowledge and understanding to do this can take years or even decades of disciplined practice.

Many mistakenly believe that they are no longer beginners simply because of the fact that they have been ‘practicing yoga’ for a few years or more. Yoga is a life-long study, and one should not claim proficiency in it without due consideration.

It should be distressing to know that many who teach yoga have scarcely one or two months of training—some even less!

As a beginner, place your faith in the ones who exemplify what they teach, not in those who have simply mastered the art of speaking confidently.

Until you have developed adequate knowledge and confidence to experiment on your own, avoid new procedures that you may have found in books, online or heard from various others whose knowledge and experience may be questioned. Don't take chances that may lead to problems later on.

Everything taught by Yogacharya in the yoga training programs offered through reflects the knowledge handed down by the great Yoga Rishis and has been verified by them through centuries of practice.

The techniques, when properly performed, are safe and offer you a beaten path for spiritual development...


NOTE: This yoga article is an excerpt from The Science of Yoga, an online yoga training program with streaming yoga videos and 600 pages of step-by-step yoga instruction.

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