Yoga in India – it’s not what you think…

A Yoga instructor at Parmarth Niketan, Muni Ki...

A Yoga instructor at Parmarth Niketan, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently spoke to a friend who teaches yoga in India. She said when people call to inquire about her classes, it all follows a surprisingly similar pattern:


“Hi. I read you teach yoga. Can you tell me what exactly you teach?”

“Sure – I teach asanas, followed by a relaxation at the end.”

“Oh – I assumed it would be meditation and pranayama. Do you teach that?”

“Well, not really. I teach mostly the postures and deep relaxation.”

“Sorry, that doesn’t really sound like the right thing for me.”


[This is part of a guest post I’ve been asked to write for the wonderful blog A Charmed Yogi – read more here…]

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12 replies »

  1. Isn’t that funny? I have to admit I was one of those people who tried yoga for the workout aspect, but once I started I fell in love with all parts. I’m not a fan of power yoga bootcamp type classes myself, but I think they attract people that might never try yoga otherwise and maybe they’ll get some little piece of what yoga is supposed to be.


  2. Lovely post, and I was just in London with my family! We stayed on a street between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square. You live in a wonderful city.

    I’m a Vancouver guy, so we have many very fancy yoga studios. I”m more into power yoga myself, and I doubt I’ll advance very much because I have a heavy, long torso, short legs, and fairly tight hips. But I love it, even thought it’s a very long and difficult process to find a good teacher.


  3. i really appreciate what you wrote in your blog. it is not very wise, the way we indians are looking at/taking yoga. power yoga has, i wont shy to say, has disturbed everything. sometimes i am sorry about the whole thing. at other times helpless!!!


  4. Reblogged this on This life business and commented:
    So this morning I ranted about the benefits of traffic, mentioning yoga as a relaxation tool… I wonder if you could integrate the two for optimal stress relief?
    I’m willing to bet that it would be very popular with corporates!


  5. That is funny, because I get calls all the time asking for Hatha Asana & Basic Poses and when I say its mostly pranayama, meditation and flow, they tell me, “that’s not the yoga they were looking for”… well I guess there is something for everyone.


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