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Is Yoga TOO popular?

Is Yoga TOO popular?

While it has become relatively simple to find yoga and meditation classes wherever you live, this abundance does not necessarily equal quality teaching. Over the past ten years, doing yoga has become as popular as going to the gym, which means that most yoga classes are geared towards beginners, the new majority. In addition, the personal success of advanced yoga teachers has resulted in their increased travel and workshop-teaching around the world.

Meditation is supposedly the end goal of yoga, but many yoga students want to learn the “crazy tricks”, rather than breathing techniques. The truly advanced are finding that, in order to feel satisfied with their personal yoga regiment, they must enroll in multiple classes at different centers, supplementing with their own practices at home. If you consider yourself advanced, you may need to do some shopping around to find what works for you.

And when you do, we'd like to hear how you did it. Post your comments here! [The New York Times]

Posted: 6/4/08

The classes at my gym are open to everyone, but I definitely don't feel they cater too much to beginners. I'd consider myself at an intermediate level and the instructor leads the classes as it would be for about my level, but also offers options to make it easier and harder. I think mixing the beginners and advanced individuals can only help everyone learn a little something more!

  • By maggie
  • on 6/19/08 10:06 AM EST