Association: Anyone can be a yoga teacher in Finland

Association: Anyone can be a yoga teacher in Finland

In Finland, no criteria have been set for yoga teachers or teachers. Nevertheless, anyone can start teaching yoga classes on earth.

Finnish Yoga Association (Finnish Yoga Association) now said that it wanted Finland to set national standards for yoga teacher training, including for its own program teachers who want to.

The association told the Finnish news agency STT that during the last decade, numerous yoga teacher courses have been created in Finland, lasting from a few months to several years.

"The skill level of Finnish yoga professionals is wide. In general, yoga teacher courses are more time consuming than future teachers," said Sirpa Immonen, which leads the teacher training of the Finnish Yoga Association.

Immonen said that applicants for the union’s teacher education must have two years of experience as a certified teacher before applying for a program that lasts five or six years.

He pointed out that teachers with relatively little training may not have enough knowledge about the type of yoga being taught because the ancient condition constitutes many different aspects.

"Very physically challenging types of yoga require a good knowledge of posture and anatomy. Excessive prolongation of certain tasks can lead to joint problems," Immonen explained.

Minna LahdenperäThe chairman of the Finnish Yoga Association said that it is difficult to estimate how many yoga teachers and teachers are active in Finland, because new teacher training courses are starting all the time.

"Our association has trained 900 teachers in Finland," he said.

Ten years ago, most yoga teachers taught side classes according to Lahdenperä. However, many private yoga schools have been established in Finland in recent years, and many teachers also run their own companies. This means that more and more people are living full time teaching a popular form of exercise.

Yoga, tied to ancient Indian philosophy, first arrived in Finland in the 1950s. The country experienced a yoga boom in the early 2000s, and the practice has continued to attract students ever since.

"People are looking for a way to balance their busy pace of life. They want to calm down but also maintain their physical health," Lahdenperä added.

Source: The Nordic Page