No Sh*t, Yoga Is an Industry.

Via Rajni Tripathi
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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Ed: B. Bemel


About Rajni Tripathi

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." Service has been the epicenter of Rajni since she was a little girl. Growing up with ancient, eastern modalities rooted in her indian heritage, yoga and meditation became her tools to be of service to those who seek it. A multidisciplinary yoga teacher, trained in prenatal yoga - conscious and sacred birthing, certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and having over 1,000 hour of teach experience, Rajni's purpose is to use yoga to enable her students to combat burnout, boost energy and reduce stress. She helps her students cultivate an authentic, fearless and impactful life that leaves behind division, societal constrictions, harmful mindsets, body discomfort, mind-chatter and negative emotional reactions. Rajni operates on the belief that one’s life and its' discovery need not be dictated by another’s dogma or judgement. She strives to foster an authentic, fearless and impactful life for herself and anyone who seeks it. Stay in touch with her musings: RajniO, Facebook 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.

  2. 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.