‘‘2) DVD, Home training, distance learning, is at BEST a supplement for training with a real live teacher.’’
I’d agree but again for those who cannot afford thousands for courses, or taking the time off work, not to mention accomodation and travel costs; or who don’t even have any good Yoga teachers near them then it has to be considered as a viable option for them.
Check above link to see exactly what is in the Yoga in a Box home study course, in my opinion that is a LOT of material and very comprehensive. Training in person under a good Instructor is the best option no question or doing a Teachers Training course in that manner but for those that can’t or have no Yoga teachers near them, then home study is probably worth considering.[/QUOTE]
If you have little time or can’t afford thousands of courses then getting a couple of DVDs and training is an option but then training and getting certified is not the same thing. But no matter how many DVDs you watch or how many books you read you will still not get the same thing as you would get by studying with a good teacher. There are just too many postures and too many ways to do those postures incorrectly and to many ways to hurt yourself, or others, if you have never been shown those postures properly. I trained with a teacher briefly and thought I had it and I had little time or desire to continue going so I stopped, I later had a friend show me some more stuff but he was not a certified teacher. I later got DVDs and worked with those and thought I had it down, but to be honest some things just did not feel right. I then worked with another friend of mine that is very well trained and certified and she corrected many of my problems and taught me that if anything, I did not and I do not have it down. I have a lot to learn and I am now of the belief that you need a teacher right there with you if you truly want to understand yoga.
However I still do not see anything wrong with DVDs as a supplement to training with a teacher, they are just not a substitute for a real live teacher.
But then maybe I am looking at this form the wrong perspective. Let me ask this;
What is your reason for wanting to get certified?