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Letters to Skills Active

June Skeggs

Hello Caroline
In response to your email below and the PDF document you sent to me which incidentally did nothing to reassure me about this process at all, I would like to make the following points;

1) I presume stakeholder is another way of saying interested parties in which case all yoga teachers will be interested parties as they will be very concerned about what happens to their existing qualification. Last time this happened the British wheel of Yoga charged teachers a great deal of money to do a course that they said would bring their teaching qualification up to their standard which would be acceptable on the REP'S register. This was wrong but It took some years to sort out.
2) Hatha  yoga is just one form of yoga and in fact is only the early stages of Raja yoga. To standardise hatha yoga only would mean that it finishes up as Asana/posture and therefore for most exercise which as I pointed out in the document I sent you before is not yoga. It will distort the meaning  and purpose of yoga and fail to educate people in the right way. The purpose of yoga is union between individual consciousness and universal consciousness, individual spirit and universal spirit or individual consciousness and God depending on the path followed and is well beyond asana.
What about all the other types of yoga which you will ignore eg bhakti yoga, gyana, kundalini to name but a few. If you have only standardised one type of yoga then people could finish up on the wrong path believing that hatha is the only one that is any good or acceptable.
3) You talk about breadth of yoga practices but that is enormous if you take into account all the different forms of yoga and again no one should be singled out as better than another.
4) Our insurance broker is not confused neither the other brokers I have spoken to. It is very easy to get yoga insurance and it is cheap by insurance standards so there can rarely be any claims.
5) Of course every yoga session should be practised with safety in mind and that is part of one’s training and qualification. No matter how good your written courses there will still be weak and poor teachers as there are in education.
6) The register of exercise professionals is totally inappropriate for yoga because YOGA IS NOT EXERCISE.
7) There is no such thing as the ‘pillars’ of hatha yoga. This is modern jargon and not applicable to Hatha yoga.
8) In the document you draw our attention to examples of NOS development which concerns me immediately as you refer to sports coaching. As I pointed out before as well as being a physical education teacher I am also a coach and judge in several sports and can see no comparison between sports coaching and yoga teaching when you talk about parallels, adaption and tailoring. Perhaps you could send me an example of one of these to explain your reasoning.
You talk about transparency and accessibility but neither of them seems appropriate at the moment. The initial meeting between yourself and the British wheel of Yoga was held in secret for a start, it seems the process will only be available to a few and you are leaving things extremely late with only two weeks to go to the proposed meeting which is to be held at half term. People have to sort out cover for their classes, absence from work commitments, childcare etc.
The repercussions from the last failed attempt to do this went on for years. Skills active just dropped out and we were left to pick up the pieces.
Kind regards June Skeggs