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Yoga: As Safe As We Think?

Rebecca damages her skeptic street-cred by revealing her interest in yoga and Cat, as a yoga teacher, encourages her and makes the odd adjustment.

In this episode we talk about yoga from ancient to modern and reflect on our own yoga practices. We discuss yoga’s possible dangers (from brain damage to sexual assault) and reflect on it’s benefits (from physiotherapeutic to spiritual).

We even dare to raise the contentious issue of cultural appropriation, you have been warned.

Exploring esoteric, paranormal and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives it’s The Seeker and The Skeptic.

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    I have followed all these podcasts, while using Alexa (the technology) in the kitchen. Its one of my first forays into podcasts. Yours are addictive. It is driving my partner mad. Will you do something on podcast addicts that might help? Fortunately I have not come across any other podcasts as engaging and of interest and my partner recommends that I don’t .. Oh and just more thing please….. More. I think that’s it

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    I’m just catching up with your podcasts and really enjoying them.

    In this exploration of yoga, you say so many important things about safety. However, you don’t mention Iyengar yoga, which has a rigorous teacher training programme. It takes many years and many exams to become a senior teacher. Junior teachers are not allowed to teach more advanced poses. Every Iyengar teacher has to take and pass ongoing assessments every year (or two? Can’t remember) to make sure they are teaching safely. Teachers learn a great deal about anatomy and are taught how to adapt poses for different bodies, disabilities etc.

    The classes I go to at the moment are taught by a fifty year old lady who cannot do padmasana (lotus). She explains to the class that she will never be able to because of her anatomy. But she still teaches the pose for those who can do it. In every pose she adjusts each student individually, showing how to use props to achieve a more correct alignment etc.

    I also attend classes with a BWY teacher and sometimes some Yin yoga classes, which I really enjoy. But am grateful that I have a background in Iyengar as it has taught me how to be aware of my limits and of safety.

    It is a pity that other Yoga associations don’t have equally rigorous teacher training and ongoing assessment and development that Iyengar yoga insists on!

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      Thanks so much for your comment Anni, and we’re really glad you found the show! Cat here – and very interested in the Iyengar method – I’ve only heard good things about it (the practice, not so much BKS!) and would be interested to learn more. If there’s an opportunity for me to learn or at least take some classes in the future, I’ll jump at it! Would also be interested on your thoughts on Scaravelli? I got the impression from a workshop that the emphasis here was also on safety.


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