I’d been studying and practicing yoga for awhile before I came across Swami Gitananda’s Yoga Correspondence Course, “Yoga Step by Step.” Up until that point I had been a firm believer that yoga could only be learned face to face, in a yoga class.
But Swamiji’s course intrigued me for some reason, so I decided to give it a shot.
That course changed my life!
I read a whole lot of books on yoga before that … and through them I gained a bit of insight into different aspects of yoga. But I wouldn’t say that I was really “learning yoga” through them. Most yoga books, to be fair, aren’t really designed to teach people yoga.
… Well, if they are, they aren’t very well designed to do it, that’s for sure.
So up until that point, I could not imagine that there was really too much for an aspiring yoga student to gain via the written word, diagrams, photos and illustrations (DVD’s and streaming video weren’t around back then).
But in that one quick little decision I made to take that course, I finally learned just how much I was missing! Swamiji’s yoga correspondence course was the point where I felt I went from doing yoga exercises, to “really practicing yoga” … and my yogic journey has been a truly marvellous one ever since!
I credit Swami Gitananda 110% for that. Anybody can create a correspondence or home study course, but Swmaiji literally showed me “how it was done!”
I still teach yoga classes from time to time, but I have an acute understanding now of just how limiting they can be for providing real comprehensive yoga education.
I also know, from my own personal experience, how strange the idea of learning yoga via correspondence or home study can seem when your yoga world may never have been stretched too far outside of the yoga studio.
So you’d think I’d get tired of answering the same question over and over again. “Can I really learn yoga through your yoga home study courses?” …
But I don’t get tired.
I don’t because I know how amazingly effective the yoga learning programs are that I have put together … and I know that once I’ve helped to nudge someone in their direction, they will know it too!
Students who do try them are perhaps surprised the most when they realize that they weren’t “giving up on their yoga classes” at all. In fact, it’s really not a case of either/or … of yoga class or yoga home study.
I get frequent emails from students of my courses thanking me for making their yoga classes more fulfilling … saying that after taking my yoga home study programs, they now have a much better understanding of what they are doing with yoga, both in and out of the yoga studio, and that they are getting so much more out of their yoga classes now too!
… Now that, to me, sounds like the right kind of yoga education.
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