Mueller College of Holistic Studies

Mueller College offers a wide range of holistic health subjects such as massage therapy, hypnotherapy, herbology, reflexology, Reiki, nutrition, and Eastern and Asian modalities.

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Overview Yoga

Yoga is a mind-body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga that people use for health purposes typically combine physical positions, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga is the most commonly practiced type in the United States. It emphasizes postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). People use yoga to help improve a variety of conditions and to achieve fitness and relaxation.

History of Yoga

Yoga has its origins in ancient Indian philosophy more than 5,000 years old. Ancient yogis believed that a person’s mind, body and spirit have to be in balance. They taught this through exercise, breathing, and meditation. In the West, yoga was first studied as part of Eastern philosophy around the beginning of the 19th century. It became popular in the United States in the 1960’s. Interest in yoga continues to expand today.

Current/Future Situation as a Yoga Instructor

The demand for yoga instructors is growing. The stress of the modern world and the interest in fitness and a healthy lifestyle has drawn many people to the practice of yoga. Research suggests that yoga may improve a person’s mood, counteract stress, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, increase lung capacity, and help conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The aging population needs a form of exercise that is easy on the joints as well as effective. Yoga is expected to continue growing in popularity.

Career Descriptions/Places to Work as a Yoga Instructor

Yoga instructors work in many places such as fitness centers, YMCA’s, athletic clubs, spas, park and recreation departments of cities and towns, health clubs, and resorts. Most work indoors. They can be self-employed or employees; full time or part time. Earnings vary depending on location, training, and years of experience.

The Yoga Alliance encourages yoga teachers and training programs to meet their standards and become part of their registry. They require at least 200 training hours including instruction in techniques, teaching methods, anatomy, physiology, and philosophy.

Day in the Life as a Yoga Instructor

A yoga instructor who works for a YMCA typically starts her day with classes for older adults. The class includes leading the group in proper breathing techniques as well as the more gentle poses. Each class lasts for about an hour. The next group could be for young mothers who want to get in shape after childbirth. There are usually classes for all age groups during the day. The instructor will tailor each class to the needs of the particular group. Sometimes there may be an evening class to accommodate working adults who want to relieve the stress of their day with yoga. It is very rewarding to teach people of all ages the benefits of yoga practice to improve their lives.

Graduate/Professional Quote

“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” – Rodney

Stat/Fact/Tip of the Day

Some of the benefits of yoga are an increase in energy, a feeling of relaxation, help in achieving desired body weight, and possibly improving resistance to disease.

A practitioner of yoga is called a yogi.

Recent studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have been investigating yoga’s effects on such conditions as chronic low-back pain, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition
Yoga Alliance website
ABC of Yoga website