Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Thin Line Between Fun and Negligence

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By Avalon Hicks

As of today, there are endless yoga enthusiasts waiting their turn to grab an opportunity and become an instructor. A certification course in yoga is crucial because of various reasons. Every person has different needs and a different pace. It is important for every instructor to have an in-depth knowledge of all of these aspects. In order to eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries completely, instructors need to have a professional approach towards teaching yoga.
Why is a certification in yoga important?

When a yoga instructor who lacks complete knowledge is in front of a class, not only the instructor but the students as well are put to risk. This might sound a little out of the box but it would not be insane to make yoga internships compulsory before awarding the certification. Practicing and teaching yoga are two different things. For teaching yoga, one needs experience. The instructor has to be able to recognize a student’s issues.





Several other styles of yoga, which require training in other areas to keep students out of harm’s way, have to be integrated in the course.

· Aerial Yoga: This is a new style of yoga, which involves using of a circus hammock, which aids students in the ability to achieve traditional yoga positions. Learning the usage of a hammock and familiarizing self with the style of yoga is important. Yet, there are precautions to be taken. Students with high blood pressure, heart problems, sinus blockages etc. should be screened out. Not all instructors have the required knowledge to guide students in situations like these.


· Paddle Board Yoga: This style of yoga combines a variation of stand-up paddle surfing and yoga. This style of yoga was first introduced in Rishikesh, India. While this is a very interesting and enjoyable style of yoga, it has its own set of precautions. Every instructor who teaches this style of yoga has to be given training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Balancing is an essential skill while practicing this style of yoga. The instructor must explain every important detail to aid the students’ safety.

· Hot yoga: This is a style of yoga that is performed in humid conditions. Hot yoga is becoming one of the most accepted and popular styles of yoga. With increasing students comes a need for instructors who “know it all”. Hot yoga instructors, apart from teaching yoga in the class, have to be trained to warn and caution students about things like not to have too much coffee before the session that may lead to dehydration post the session. Also, hot yoga may make the body lose electrolytes, which is why adding a little salt, sugar and a lemon squeeze to the water bottle is helpful. These are things (among many other important things) that every hot yoga instructor must know.

· Boot Camp style yoga: This is a style of yoga, which combines cardiovascular exercise with yoga. This style of yoga is perhaps the most effective for weight loss. Instructors teaching this style of yoga should therefore be trained to tackle emergency heart conditions, breathing conditions (asthma), etc.





Yoga never stops benefiting the body. Yoga is fun from the day you start. Every student, at least once, has a thought of becoming an instructor. However, this requires detailed training and continuing education. Safety precautions should not be neglected. Medical training and screening procedures are of crucial importance to every instructor, studio, and institutions that hire instructors. We should look into more than just the 200 hour or 500-hour training record. A certification that includes all the required knowledge will help teachers and students avoid accidents and it will make quick progress. The thin line between fun and negligence should be recognized.

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2 comments:

parvezbdjsr said...

Instructors need to have a professional approach towards teaching yoga to eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries completely.

Mary Wilson said...

For teaching yoga, one needs experience. The instructor has to be able to recognize a student’s issues.