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Are You Stealing from Yoga Teachers?

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We learn about cheating at school. We know copying someone else’s homework right before the lesson is wrong, but sometimes you get away with having ‘done the work’. Then, by extension, we learn about plagiarism and copyright infringement; it’s wrong to take someone else’s work and pass it off as our own.

But what’s the stance on stealing sequence and yoga lesson ideas from other teachers? Is this as bad as plagiarism and cheating? There’s no doubt about it that yogic stealing happens. One of the founding principles of yoga is asteya – or non-stealing. The third of Patanjali’s yamas, asteya is also the urge to covet what another has. We might want the charisma of another teacher, the smooth teaching style, the easy grace. But that is not ours to take. What we can take are their ideas.

So how do we sort out the ethics of yogic stealing? (more…)

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All Hail Sam Chatto, the First Royal Yoga Teacher

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-Breaking News – well, not quite breaking, but still pretty hot off the press. For the first time in the great history of England, a member of the royal family has become a qualified yoga teacher! Hoorah!

The member in question is Sam Chatto, the 22-year-old grandson of Princess Margaret (the Queen’s sister), and 24th in line to the throne. In a recent Instagram post, the eldest son of Lady Sarah Chatto revealed that he had spent six weeks in India. Part of his time there was spent in Rishikesh, where he undertook an intense 200-hour, four-week teacher training programme, alongside his girlfriend Sophie Pipe. (more…)

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