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Yoga, Safety, Religion and Neo-colonialism

A short while ago the process to introduce a National Occupational Standard (NOS) for the teaching of Yoga was initiated by the leadership of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) based on the claim that the teaching of Yoga is currently unsafe.  They have agreed to fund Skills Active, a quasi government organisation, to begin this process. 
During a recent Radio 4 interview when I called for evidence that would support this claim, the Chair of the BWY, Paul Fox, offered only anecdotes of unsafe teaching practices.  Read More…

Yoga is Dangerous...but not the way we're being told!

This week began with the proverbial storm in a tea-cup as the British public were warned we are in danger from… Yoga! On Monday’s Today programme the British Wheel of Yoga’s chairman, Paul Fox, claimed that teachers without sufficient training are giving Yoga classes. What has since emerged is that the British Wheel, one of the wealthiest Yoga organisations in the UK, is funding Skills Active, a quango, to create a National Occupational Standard for Yoga ~ to protect and keep us all safe in Down Dog. Read More…