The British Wheel of Yoga.
There’s a thought for you. Let me begin by saying that I’ve always felt that my training was excellent, giving a good grounding in yoga principles. Also when I have contacted head office for help and advice they were very helpful. So much for the pluses…
1,Why would any organisation want to be seen as the governing body of yoga? It’s complete madness, very unyogic and guaranteed to pee off everyone else in yoga. Sorry, wrong decision, wrong path.
2.Sport England, REPS, total mistake. We are not fitness instructors or sports coaches. It encourages the idea prevalent at the moment that yoga is about fitness. What’s worse is that concurrent with this movement towards control and sportiness, we lost sight of meditation. My perception is that many people don’t associate yoga and meditation but do make a connection between yoga and sweating it out on your mat, pushing towards showier postures, or tweaking your abs for vanity….The greater prize was plundered by other groups who consolidated the meditation connection. Ironically meditation should have been the BWY’s trump card but it stayed up the sleeve. Happy days for the mindfulness movement who have skilfully side stepped the traditional sources of meditation knowledge, one of them being the practice of yoga and cornered the market. All strength to them!