At the risk of ticking people off, I want to pose this question.
I saw something on the Interwebs — a listing for a teacher training or a vist by someone or something, it doesn’t really matter — that described the teacher as being certified and followed that with an explanation that that is the “highest level” of Ashtanga teaching.
My hackles went up. The yoga only does so much.
I know it is a simple way to explain things, but it also reinforces what I think is a problem with the authorized/certified dynamic. It doesn’t really capture every great Ashtanga teacher. (Anyone care that Nancy Gilgoff, Manju Jois and David Swenson aren’t even authorized? I know Lino Miele is a different case, but he isn’t either.) And, quite frankly, I’ve known plenty of awful — I mean, really, awful — authorized teachers. Maybe a few certified ones, too. (I know such judgments are subjective, but to that I say: So?)
So I toss it out there for discussion and maybe some sort of conclusion or compromise: Is certification really the “highest” level of an Ashtanga teacher? And, as a corrollary, how much does it matter to you, what does it represent?
Posted by Steve