from Yoga's Marginal Utility:
"...Few of us in the yoga profession are free from guilt when it comes to perpetuating myths about yoga. We’d all like to believe that more practice is always better. Certainly, a never-enough sensibility is better for business. But the hard truth remains that more practice is not always better. Effective and sustainable practice requires more modulation than the majority of group classes currently suggest or allow for. There is an inherent conflict of interest between the financial need for increased attendance and an organic ebb and flow of practice and teacher/student interaction.
I don’t know what to do about any of this. Pushing people harder sells way more yoga classes than inviting people to rest. Allowing the public to see your flaws does not readily make for effective lifestyle branding. But there is a growing number of earnest yoga professionals out there who, like me, are done with handing people a line of bull just to get them in the door. The teachers that came before us were shrouded in hopeful observance that has fostered both a profound coming forth of yoga into our culture, and a series of conflicts to be reckoned with. Those of us who wish to carry the torch are going to have to forge new models that might retain yoga’s mystical wonder, without the delusion that practice is infallible."