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Who is allowed to teach yoga?

Would you attend classes taught by a ‘fat’ yoga teacher? Would you hire a ‘fat’ yoga teacher? Paula Hines explores one of yoga’s great taboos

Teacher’s Tales:

Why don’t I see more teachers who are older than me in studios? Or more teachers who look like me? Or… I could go on. Are we not allowed to be there? In a number of particular places that is certainly the impression, intentional or not. Nothing is said explicitly, but it is in the marketing imagery, it is in the standoffish response one may receive if they dare to step into certain spaces, it is in claiming that they welcome everyone yet not actually doing so. My experience of being advised in a class to sit out a pose because I was ‘a bit big’ by a teacher at a studio that claimed to welcome everyone is but one example, and I have heard numerous others from fellow yoga practitioners. Is it any wonder that different groups are increasingly creating their own yoga spaces where they know they will be welcomed and safe?

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Welcome to our fab February issue. This month we’re counting down to Valentine’s Day with a special themed report exploring all aspects of love. Revamp your love life and your relationships — with yourself, with others, and even with chocolate — through yoga, tantra, meditation and a more heart-centred approach to life generally to discover a deeper meaning, clarity and connection with all around you. Whatever the question, love is the answer — and you’ll magnify its potent effects through yoga. Inside this issue, we’ve also got a wonderful mix of practical yoga instruction, including our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy where we explore asanas in depth. Plus you’ll find stories of inspirational yogis and yoginis doing amazing things out in the big wide world. Make OM your go-to yoga read this month to keep you motivated on and off the mat. Have fantastic month, folks.