The link above takes you to the audio podcast by Sadhguru and below is my commentary on the value of teachers of Indian classical hatha yoga. Whenever we begin to practice yoga it is always a good time. Many follow the “newly re-invented” versions that have popped up in the west. These western forms are more about aerobic activity and exercise. True Indian classical hatha yoga is a gateway to human consciousness. When one finds hatha yoga in a gym or spa and has a positive experience this is a good beginning. Many who are teaching yoga are not certified. Some who are leading classes have taken so many classes and can expertly perform the asanas/yoga poses therefore they feel they can teach yoga. Some take a certification class that may be a weekend long, month-long and feel this is enough to start teaching. Yoga is an ancient science for the highest of all human searches – for evolution in one’s lifetime. People are very careful about the backgrounds of their doctors and lawyers but not their yoga teachers. This says much about how precious their consciousness is to them. Ashtanga is the basis for the curriculum and many in the west think it is the name of yoga that stars like Madonna practice. Ashtanga is the stepping stone route to higher consciousness. So many who do yoga are just satisfied with feeling good in their physical body, with looking good, etc. This is only the first part to make the physical body steady and able. This stability is necessary to be able to withstand the processes necessary for the deep purifications that will take place via kriyas and higher forms of yoga. In the west we find many who are physically strong and beautiful and this seems to be the goal of yoga in the west. This is the bargain store variety of yoga. It is perhaps a beginning that so many know about and are doing what they consider yoga in the west, hopefully this will be a platform for people to search for authentic classical hatha yoga. It will only be known if we share with others about the source. Teachers of classical Indian yoga will always give reference to their teachers and lineage and will always try to share with students how to tap into the vast treasure trove. I am grateful to all of my teachers including: Dr. K. M. Tripathi, the Late Sri Radha Kant Jha, the Late Sri Aurobindo and now Sadhguru. We always begin our sadhana with this invocation that we should respect each other in the process, there should be no envy as the practice comes from teachers of the past and continues as we practice here and now. Asato Maa Sadagamaya, Tamso Maa Jyotir gamaya, Mrityor Maa Amitam Gamaya, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti-OM.