So how do we encourage others to experience the joys and fullfilment that yoga offers? It appears that one of the main ways to market yoga is to stress 'safety' with an emphasis on qualifications and safe practise...
So, is yoga dangerous? Or any more dangerous than the other activities on offer which promise fun, fitness and new skills?
Where is the evidence that yoga needs to come with a warning? I have never had a claim ( or heard of anyone else having one - BWY and YA please let me know...).
Do we encourage people to take risks or go beyond their abilities? Yes, there is sometimes a twinge or niggle from a body staining to do more than it should, but this is rarely damaging. Of course, chosing the right class is crucial - Ashtanga may not initially be the best choice for the less fit of advanced age!
An emphasis on health and safety was the main reason for ceasing local authority classes, with the emphasis on checking equipment and assessment. The main danger became the risk of slipping on the paperwork on the students mat and the rising stress levels of the teacher!
Good teachers and responsible students do not take risks that either perceive as damaging. So why do we need to emphasis the negative? Training, practise, insurance and dedication ensure that students safety is maintained.
Let's tell everyone about the wonder of yoga and offer a caring, confident enviroment that ensures students feel safe without the negativity of suggesting that there is danger in Dandasana!