No Sh*t, Yoga Is an Industry.

Via on Jul 4, 2013

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It is a well agreed opinion that yoga has turned into an industry that needs to be regulated, sanctioned and registered.

It was only a matter of time.

When mass populations gravitate toward anything that has monetary value, it’s an inevitable conclusion for that element to be industrialized.

The categories of yoga have increased exponentially as well, exemplified by the different names under which Yoga Alliance allows you to register as a teacher.

Let’s face it, there are many quibbles about the best types of yoga, the most authentic and the most versatile (“My Core Power yoga is better than your Ashtanga Yoga!”).

At the end of the day, everyone comes onto their mats for different reasons, beliefs and philosophies.

With a routine practice, those elements evolve as well. Personally, as long as people step onto their mat, I could care less which yoga type they categorize or box themselves in.

The power of yoga translates to transformation and transformation is anything but unilateral. It is completely subjective, yet universal in its effects—perspective shifts, reactions, correlations, etc. Sometimes the effects are slyly embodied and sometimes overt.

Hopefully, if it’s not in their initial practice, individuals also gravitate towards incorporating meditation or pranayam (breathing techniques) too. Everyone has their path. With time, we can hope the latter elements of yoga come into play, instead of just relying solely on the aesthetic.

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Either way, once you are on your mat, you dare to delve into yourself. So, even if this practice is an industry and comes with its sanctioning nuances (R.Y.T. labels, liability insurance etc), you make the choice to explore yourself. You dare to dive into the uncomfortable and preset notions binding you. You choose to challenge your ego.


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About Rajni Tripathi

Rajni Tripathi is a Multidisciplinary Yoga instructor & Prenatal teacher in Conscious and Sacred Birthing. She is currently pursuing her 300hr education through the American Institute of Vedic Studies to become a Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant and 500 hr continued training in yogasana and 8 limbs. A Fur-a-holic (addicted to anything 4-limbed & furry) and prone to spontaneous bouts of joy, she operates on the belief that one’s life and its' discovery need not be dictated by another’s dogma or judgement. Rajni is also the CFO for HOPE: Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants, a non-profit organization focused on protecting elephants and wildlife from the devastating effects of poaching in Africa. You can also find her on RajniO and twitter.


2 Responses to “No Sh*t, Yoga Is an Industry.”

  1. amphibi1yogini says:

    I mostly do yoga at home, I also draw. So to me yoga is about as much an industry as amateur art is.

    • Rajni Tripathi says:

      Thanks for reading amphibi1yogini! I try to practice at home as well. There are various factors that make it industrialized, especially when you're a teacher. But the good/bad thing is that its a competitive market as well. So checks and balances i suppose.

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