User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


55° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Importance Of A Yoga Instructor's Certification

May 2, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Importance Of A Yoga Instructor's Certification
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

From professional athletes to people just looking to get into shape, everyone is getting into yoga these days.

And while the practice can put your body through all sorts of bends and twists that could harm you if not done properly, South Dakota has no regulations on just who can call themselves a yoga instructor or "yogi."  But there are things you should look for in an instructor to make sure your yoga practice doesn't do more harm than good.

Chantel Olson started taking part in yoga classes two years ago.

"It's just changed my life, the people who I'm surrounded by and it lifts my spirits. It's good exercise. It's good for relaxation," Olson said.

When choosing an instructor, Olson admits she didn't do a lot of research.  But she was glad to hear her instructor is certified.

"He told us of his training almost right away. He went to Kripalu," Olson said.

While yoga offers a lot of health benefits, if you don't do the poses correctly, you could end up hurting yourself.

"There are many cases of people getting injured in yoga classes, doing yoga on your own," Dharma Room Co-owner Sean Gallup said.

Gallup says that's why it's important to make sure your instructor is certified, even though South Dakota does not currently have a requirement.

"It is certainly possible for you to get injured doing a yoga practice, especially if the instructor is not fully licensed, doesn't really know all their schooling and what they're doing," Gallup said.

Gallup, himself, has a 200-hour certification from the nationally-recognized Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Would-be yogi's study everything from yoga techniques to physiology and anatomy. Gallup also says it's also important that students feel comfortable with the class.

"If you feel good about the instructor and have a good working relationship with them, it will be alright," Gallup said.

It's also important to listen to your body, because not every yoga position is for every person.

"Because your body knows, and if you're paying attention to your body, it will tell you before you're going to get an injury. If you're not listening to your body, that's when injuries happen," Gallup said.

Olson says she's never been injured and says her certified instructor is a big reason why.

"It makes me feel good. It helps me sleep at night. It helps me lose weight, be more mindful about what I put in my body and all that," Olson said.

One other thing to consider when looking for a yoga instructor is that if your instructor is not certified, he or she also might not have insurance if you are injured in a class.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

SD Sends Suspected EV-D68 Specimens To CDC

9/11/2014 11:45 AM

The spread of Enterovirus D68 is now reaching into KELOLAND.

Full Story
Support Continues For Miller Woman Who Battled Cancer

9/12/2014 5:00 PM

A Miller woman is grateful for community support even after she received a cancer-free report.

Full Story | Watch
Common Mistakes We Make Everyday

9/17/2014 6:24 PM

But many people offset those good intentions with making some mistakes that are actually bad for their health.

Full Story | Watch
Finding The Positives With Friedreich's Ataxia

9/16/2014 6:32 PM

Teenagers can encounter hardships from time to time, and 13-year-old Raena Bendtro is no exception, only she knows her obstacles will soon get even la...

Full Story | Watch
Distracted Eating Dilemmas

9/12/2014 6:19 PM

Most of us stay very busy throughout the day. It can be a challenge for some to take time to enjoy a meal.

Full Story | Watch


Events