An online yoga class has gone viral in India, where the government is trying to make it a national model.
The online yoga studio, Yoga for India, was launched last month, and is offering classes to teach yoga for a monthly fee of Rs. 8,000 ($1,890) in a bid to help ease the pressure of unemployment and the lack of basic skills.
Students can get their hands on free yoga mats and yoga gear for a month, as well as yoga equipment and supplies for classes.
But the company has raised serious concerns about the quality of its material, and the quality and availability of the instruction it provides, especially in India where it operates under a licence from the Indian government.
The yoga studio has a strict code of conduct that says yoga is not for the purpose of “surgical, surgical-like, or other invasive procedures, such as cadaver decomposition, etc.”
“It’s very strict, and there is no flexibility,” said a woman yoga teacher in the company.
“There are no breathing exercises, no deep breathing, no stretching, no sitting and there are no yoga mats.
It’s like a prison,” she added.
Many online yoga teachers in India have come out in opposition to the practice.
“We have come together as an online community, and we are against the practice of yoga,” said Pankaj Chavan, a yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga for more than 10 years in India.
“We are not against any other form of yoga, but we are not comfortable with any other forms of yoga.”
In fact, he says, many online yoga instructors who are against Yoga for a while are now in favor of it.
“The only problem is, some of the instructors are not even from India.
They don’t speak Hindi.
They are from the West or Europe, or from the United States,” he said.
The yoga instructor says she feels unsafe with her students and feels that it’s not good for yoga to be taught in a country where yoga is seen as a religion, not a profession.
“It’s not a good way to educate people.
Yoga is a way of life, it’s a way to develop your mind, and if you are not educated in this way, you will never be able to learn the path of yoga as a way.”
Yoga for India’s owner, Vipin Sharma, says it has been offering classes in India for the past year and a half.
He said the company was founded in 2009 to provide yoga instruction and was based in a remote village in the northeastern state of Maharashtra.
While Sharma says yoga in India is a religion-based practice, he admits that his company is no longer in business.
He told Newsweek that he had been in talks with the government, but they told him that it is too late to make the class a national course.
“I have to give up my livelihood to educate my students,” he told Newsweek.
“This is the biggest obstacle that the government has.”