YogaWorks emphasizes working out over working in

Carrying forward the idea about what, exactly, yoga is — spiritual practice or just the asanas — we get this news: “YogaWorks Partners With NASM to Provide Yoga for Personal Trainers”

More details:

YogaWorks, the industry leader in yoga practice and teacher trainning has partnered with the National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM) to offer an accredited yoga program specifically designed for personal trainers. The workshop, taught by certified YogaWorks instructors, will teach participants how to incorporate the benefits of yoga and mindful fitness into their personal training techniques. Workshops begin in January 2012, an ideal time for fitness professionals to increase their breadth of expertise and value to their client base.

That sounds an awful lot like just straight asana, doesn’t it? Maybe a little breath and focus. Perhaps the right way to put it is: It sounds strictly physical (in as much as some mental practices can help improve physical ones).

And more:

The two-weekend workshop series will teach participants the benefits of yoga, including increased cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular endurance and balance. The program also provides hands-on practical experience in how to incorporate these benefits into a personal training session. Topics are broken down into two sections; Part 1 includes sun salutations, standing poses, back bending and abdominals, while Part 2 covers inversions, restoratives, pre-natal and injuries. Participants who complete the series will become an accredited Yoga Fitness Specialist™ YFS™ and receive 3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

No mention of anything … well, what’s the right word? Internal? This may be why Tim Miller is doing a workshop at the Confluence called “Working In.”

Posted by Steve

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3 thoughts on “YogaWorks emphasizes working out over working in”

  1. I’ll add this to Steve’s post. I’ve been to plenty of physical therapists over the years, and this seems totally cynical on the part of YogaWorks to me, a way to make money on more “teacher training.” Physical therapists already incorporate asana into their work with patients. They already use yoga stretches as part of the treatment, and that includes breath. None of them have ever called it “yoga,” and rightly so. Again, another exploitation of yoga practices by removing them from their proper context.

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