Bikram Choudhury’s wife wants a divorce. I guess citing “irreconcilable differences” is just the way a “softly-spoken global philanthropist” would put it (after all, we’re talking about numerous rape allegations against her husband, brought by six former students).
I think most of what can be said about the Bikram yoga regime and its founder has been said. But the fact that this seems to be a recurrent topic – does anyone remember John Friend? – makes me wonder.
I used to think that in an average sample of yoga teachers you’d find fewer criminals than in the overall population. I believed that yoga teaching goes hand in hand with a certain attitude. That teachers would feel bound by Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga:
But they’re not feeling that way. Not all of them. But maybe the problem is inherent in the system? Consider what you need before you can work in any other health setting:
Criminal record screening // National Police Clearance // Department of Health Criminal Record Screening // Working with Children Check // Senior first aid certificate // Aquatic rescue qualification // Comprehensive vaccinations
But hey, you want to teach yoga? A two-week course will do. But even if you don’t have a teaching degree you can call yourself a yoga teacher. Some professions are like that. Journalism, for example. And most people are sufficiently discerning to detect rubbish research and bad writing.
But would you not think that particularly in the health industry protecting professional titles would be key?
Is the current yoga teaching system simply not built to support and protect students?
What do you think?