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National Occupational Standard

Standardising the Non-standard

A recent proposal from the organisation, Skills Active (SA) to create a ‘National Occupational Standard’ (NOS) within the field of teaching yoga has ignited a wave controversy in the UK. Many teachers are questioning the expertise of Skills Active to implement a standard for the branch of yoga they have specifically targeted: ‘Hatha Yoga’: Read More…
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The BWY and an NOS: Up To Standard?

Simon is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and former BWY DCT

The long view of the British Wheel of Yoga - trying to claim Yoga teaching as its sole prerogative - will see this as no more than a tiny pimple of greed that will burst soon enough! Read More…
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Regulating Yoga Teachers? How About Regulating Yoga Cults, First?

Is yoga a sport? A therapy? A religion?
If you’re not a yoga insider and you listened to British Wheel of Yoga Director Paul Fox and British Hindu monastic Swami Ambikananda joust over these questions on BBC this Monday (time cue 2:50), you’d be none the wiser. Their prickly duet sang of a subculture-turned-industry that not only can’t decide which of the three it is, but for decades has based its mystique on the tensions between them. Read More…
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The Regulation of Yoga

Despite the clear rebuttal of the last proprietorial attempt to establish regulatory standards for yoga, the same organisation, driven by the same individual, wants to try it again. Yet it has not only been made clear both by teachers of yoga and the majority of training schools, but it has also been recognised by disinterested parties, that such an eventuality would actually be in nobody’s favour. Not even those who are trying to establish a self serving grip on what is and always has been a very personal, individual journey. The essence of this journey is the internalisation of responsibility and authority. Read More…
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