I recently ran into a Iyengar yoga student who was in training to be an Iyengar yoga teacher. I asked her how it was going and after a pause she said, “I just want to teach yoga, I don’t want to be a yoga nun!” She went on to explain that the high-minded teacher was completely oblivious to the needs of the students in the class. The atmosphere was so off putting that she dropped out.

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  1. This was my experience with Iyengar yoga and the reason I never went after certification. Yoga that was taught is amazing in so many ways, but the community is one that is unsupportive, competitive and sometimes just downright mean!

    It is too bad that such a great system has turned into a negative “club” that punishes those that they don’t like. Yoga is a wonderful and grand journey for all of us, and the tools available from Iyengar are so valuable. We are fortunate to have access to these tools, and can choose to create our own communities to support and sustain us.

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