So, you want to try yoga. That’s great! There are many benefits to a yoga practice, but it’s who you practice with that makes the biggest difference. With the explosion of yoga in the western hemisphere over the last 20 years, it’s no wonder that there are actually little to no requirements to become a teacher of this 5,000 year tradition. I won’t hound you with the fact that yoga has become more of a workout rather than the “work in” it is meant to be (and also where the true benefits come from). But, I will challenge you to think that for the workout you want, shouldn’t it be from someone knowledgeable and qualified?
Yoga teacher trainings have become a huge revenue source and necessity for yoga studios to stay afloat, which has led to a huge influx of inexperienced teachers. The worrisome part is that these trainings are not really regulated, and you are most likely learning from someone who just learned about yoga a couple years ago. The 200 hour training varies from studio to studio. Some focus on philosophy; others, more on teaching skills. This means that after two weeks, eight weeks, or six months (the variance of 200 hour trainings I have seen) someone could start teaching a slew of people how to move their body when they have never learned true mechanics of movement or the actual foundations of yoga. Sure, you might sweat or get a good workout, but at what price?
How you move your body is important. Every movement you repeat creates a neurological impulse in your brain that reinforces the habit (think muscle memory). With the wrong instructor, you could be doing something damaging to your body over and over again. For example, every time you do Mountain Pose (Tadasana) you are probably doing it the same way you first learned it (or if you’re lucky, some teachers might have given you adjustments or cues to help inform and correct misalignments). If every time you take Mountain Pose you hyperextend your knee joint, you cause more wear and tear and pressure on your knee. What this also means is that the supporting muscles and connective tissue of your hips and knees are not working as they are meant to.
Furthermore, these dangerous habits can extend themselves beyond the yoga mat into your everyday life. When walking around or standing at the grocery store, you are most likely mimicking this pattern in your body, which means over time you will have hip, knee, or ankle issues if you do not have them already. Proper guidance and instruction can reverse bad habits, help the body heal, and create a sustainable foundation for strength and health.
I have taken many classes where the teacher moves too fast, doesn’t prep the body for the poses they want to do, cues the body alignment or mechanics incorrectly, overheats the room, blasts music, or makes their class about them rather than the students in the room. These experiences are what catapulted my dream to create a space of education, service, community, personal growth, transformation, and trust.
All of the yoga instructors at True Motion are not only experienced and safe, but they are knowledgeable. Our instructors understand the mechanics of the body and how to work with injuries and other physical limitations. Our instructors backgrounds are all different, but they all have something in common: an in-depth knowledge of our body’s anatomy, physiology, and great understanding of how to practically implement the science of the body into the practice of yoga. At True Motion, you will truly learn yoga. Not just the poses (asanas), but also the essential tools from which all of the benefits stem.
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