ANU’s Gina Woodhill (a yoga teacher and PhD student) is concerned about the impact of narcissism and social media on the teaching of Yoga in Canberra, a boom industry.
“There are people who go and do their 200 hours of teacher training and become very arrogant,” Gina said.
“A lot of people get caught up in ego and showing-off on social media. To be a yoga teacher requires more humility than anything else.
“For people who take up yoga because it’s cool, social media can be very negative. Contorting your body into a pretzel on Instagram doesn’t mean you are doing yoga, that’s just your body type.”
“For a market that has so much financial value, there’s a lot of confusion about what is being bought and sold.
“If you’re not incredibly committed to learning the science around yoga the potential for injury is huge.”
As part of her study Gina is calling on Canberra based yoga participants or teachers to take a survey which aims to build an understanding of the local yoga industry. The survey is available online at surveymonkey.com.