Why Practicing Yoga Today is Different

For 5,000 years, the world has been cherishing the Indian gift of yoga. Apart from being the progenitor of yoga, India and some Asian countries such as Bali are known as some of the greatest propagators of Yoga. It is these very propagators who have seen yoga transform from a “zen” activity to a “trendy” practice. Given the multitude of yoga offerings in the market, it has become a daunting task to separate the grain from the chaff. Today, Inner Yoga Training, the propagator of the world’s best 100 hour Yin Yoga teacher training in Bali, will be telling you about the changes yoga has undergone all this while.

From Cosmic to Cosmetic

Since its inception, yoga was considered a cosmic practice and experience. Historically, yoga was taught for free, and teaching yoga meant passing on tradition and knowledge to younger generations. Yoga practitioners used to wear simple dhotis while doing asanas. They practiced on the floor without any mats. For our ancestors, it was not just an exercise or a fitness regime but an effort to lure oneself away from materialistic temptations. It was the right path to escape the usual humdrum of daily life. Practicing yoga was about austerity. Not everybody could extract the benefits of yoga by simply the rendition of yogic postures and asanas. 

But things have changed now! This is because we have the tendency of molding things as per our whims and fancies. Today, yoga has been metamorphosed to fit the Indian stereotype the Western world perceives when they think of South Asian spirituality. With all those non-slippery and fashionable colored yoga mats, new types of yogic practices, yoga merchandise including socks, and yoga ambassadors, this cosmic practice has taken a cosmetic fan. This has made differentiating between the cosmic and cosmetic practice of yoga a tough nut to crack for a common yoga learner.

Yoga: An Industry

On visiting the various nooks and corners of the world, especially the Western world, one can make a guess about the grandiloquent glamour associated with yoga. With a sea of dazzling yoga paraphernalia, in the forms of yoga pants, mats, etc yoga has now become a $10 billion industry.  Some corporate companies are evidence of how an austere practice of attaining zen is converted into a profit-driven business.

Relationship between the yoga teacher and student

One of the fundamental evolutions that have taken place in the relationship between the learned and the learner. The difference between this relation is regional. In India, there is a one-sided authoritative style of teaching. No excuses are entertained and discipline is the utmost requirement to learn yoga. In contrast, western yoga teachers usually in their 100 hour yoga teacher training in Bali are more like counselors. Teachers and students share a camaraderie of sorts, instead of a strict teacher/student relationship. 

In order to cement a healthy relationship between the two, a number of sessions are devoted to authoritative yet tender yoga teaching methodologies in various yoga teacher training centers located in Bali. The best of them is Inner Yoga Training. Here, they offer two different types of teaching courses. One of them is the 200 Hour yoga teacher training in Bali and the other is a 100 Hour Yin Yoga certification course in Bali. These courses are not only time-saving since you get to learn two different yogic styles in one course but are also very affordable. The USP of this training offered by Inner Yoga Training is that students get to establish the same stringent relationship with their teacher as used to happen in India.

The coming up of retreats!

Yoga was not a mere exercise regime in India, it was born as a philosophy, a way of life in that it was a means to attain salvation. Somehow, this idea does not fit the bill in the present lifestyle of instant gratification, where everything is at the touch of your fingertips, but, unfortunately, there is no quick fix for attaining peace. This was how yoga retreats and spiritual centers were born. Places like Bali emerged as the hotspots of yoga that thrived with such retreats and centers. People from all the nooks and corners of the world come here to take a break from their hectic schedules and experience the Midas touch of yogic practices

One of the best retreats in Bali is Azadi Retreat. Offering comfortable accommodation, food, yoga lessons, spa treatments, holy temple visits, etc., is worth the price.

Get to experience the deep-rooted, historical practice of the asanas and seek something deeper. Reach out to Inner Yoga Training, a leading yoga teacher training in Bali, and book a seat, Visit us at

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