I’m just curious what people’s opinions are of the best available yoga educations?
I’ve been practicing ashtanga for some time and am particularly drawn to Richard Freeman, though I know his 200 hour intensive is really hard to get into. Then there’s other big name yogis like tias little, ana forrest, leslie kaminoff, sarah powers, etc. Also various retreat centers, places in india, local studio teacher trainings, etc.
I’m not so interested in credentials or glamor, much more interested in a really great education that encourages exploration of mind, body and spirit. I also envision training that turns students into great teachers, that gives them the tools to lead others in their own explorations. This is likely led by a teacher who walks the walk, who has a gift of explanation, an intellectual understanding but most importantly an awakened presence.
I suppose I’m talking about yoga in the broadest sense, covering all the limbs of raja yoga but with asana practice at the forefront. The training I’m envisioning doesn’t skip anatomy. My personal practice is rooted in ashtanga/vinyasa, but I’m intrigued by anything in the krishnamacharya lineage, and to some extent sivananda as well.
Clearly, time has something to with education. A weekend retreat has less opportunity than 200 hours than 500 hours than long-term residential stays. At this point I can’t commit to long-term residency, so while I’d be curious to know the options, I’m looking more for the month long kinda thing, or even periodic stays of a weekend, a couple weeks or month.
Anyhow, I’d love to hear your thoughts on where you can get top notch training. Any first hand experience? Are the famous yogis really giving you that much more than elsewhere? Are there any diamonds in the rough?