I've been coming to the studio for many years now, since 2000 I think. I have always enjoyed the classes and instructors - top notch. Now that the studio has been under its current ownership for a few years, a few --what I intend as constructive--comments seem appropriate.
The dogma has changed. For some instructors more than others. To be taught how to do a posture and why to do it in a particular way by the same person(s) for over a decade and then have that dogma radically change with no explanation as to why is concerning and impacts credibility of the instructor. Why was what was taught for so long, by the same people, suddenly wrong?
Also, there are some times when so many posture options are provided, I don't know what the intended expression of the posture or correct form is supposed to look like. So, while I think the variations are great, sometimes they come at the expense of clear direction.
Thank you for your clear and concise back. The reason why our dogma has changed is because I don't believe dogma belongs in yoga. The variations are there to better suit every body in the room. My philosophy is that we make the yoga work for everyone's body and not make every body work for one instructors perception of yoga alignment. No one is ever wrong in the room. If anything, I've removed that idea that people are doing anything wrong. The best I can do as an instructor help each individual discover the alignment that best works for them. Not everyone can or should do the same posture the same exact way. No two bodies are the same. In fact, we're all pretty radically different in body, mind, and emotion. We don't do cookie-cutter corrections. There are other studios that are better suited to that sort of thinking. I'm not saying that's wrong if that works for you. Terrific! But it's not our philosophy and as owners of the studio I think we have the right to determine the focus and direction of our yoga.