How do I find a qualified yoga teacher?
Karen Prior replies: Within the last decade, yoga has become very popular in the West. With all of the styles, traditions, certifications and class offerings, it can be confusing when you are trying to find a qualified instructor.
Just because someone is a "great teacher" does not mean she is qualified to teach yoga. There are some individuals who seem to be able to teach just about anything because they possess the gift to do so. While this can be great in many subjects, it is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to yoga. Yoga is an ancient science, and it requires both personal experience and vast knowledge in order to teach safely.
In recent years, certification programs have surfaced that give credentials to just about anyone who will pay for them, sometimes in as few as eight hours of training. There are also teachers who start teaching without any formal training. That’s not to say that none of these teachers are good teachers — but it is important to do your own homework to see if the teacher can safely instruct you. Read More.
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Karen Prior’s impressive breadth of knowledge in the therapeutic uses of yoga, nutrition and prenatal fitness is backed by solid credentials: she is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a clinical nutritionist and a retired La Leche League leader. Karen runs a Registered Yoga School, where she offers specialized training in prenatal yoga and yoga for children through her programs MamasteYoga and Let'sPlayYoga. Karen lives in Texas with her husband and young daughter.