April 23, 2014

How can we help ensure that Yoga Teachers know what they’re doing?

Richard Karpel

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Waylon on the Future of Yoga Teaching with Yoga Alliance CEO Richard Karpel.

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Richard Karpel

Info from Yoga Alliance:

Richard Karpel is president and CEO of Yoga Alliance, the largest nonprofit organization representing the yoga community.

Yoga Alliance’s mission is to spread the power of yoga, one person at a time. Currently, their members include over 45,000 registered teachers and more than 3,000 registered schools.

Prior to joining Yoga Alliance in July 2012, Richard was executive director of the professional organization that represents daily newspaper editors, and before that he led the trade association for alternative newsweeklies like the Village Voice and Chicago Reader for 14 years.

He also worked for the association that represented the home video industry, back in the old days when people rented videos. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.


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Sandra Peace Apr 25, 2019 9:09am

Asana in the west has now traveled east and Indians have begun doing a more western yoga style. Referring to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and mentioned by others, asana is just one limb of yoga yet many practitioners believe that ‘yoga’ is simply ‘poses – asana’. When the practice devolves into gymnastics or simply aerobic exercise, there is still the possibility for spiritual evolution as it is contained within the poses themselves. But as a teacher of a more spiritual based yoga style, I am often amazed and amused at how a practice, designed to bring one inside, has become a circus of goats and wine parties. But people seem to enjoy that and it may bring them into deeper Self awareness. I believe that keeping up credentialing standards remains important for the safety of students (and teachers).

Mark Jun 12, 2014 7:52am

45,000 teachers join because they need insurance. They need insurance to teach in a public building. The rest is of very little use. Yoga is a doing word. Just do it.

bradd May 2, 2014 5:31pm

Two non-yogis discussing how to "fix" yoga. American Yoga is collapsing of its own weight of hypocrisy, greed, and ignorance. And that's a good thing.

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