2014, Volume 10, Issue 1

Competence of people conducting yoga classes in Poland – analysis based of websites information



Leslaw Kulmatycki1, Krystyna Boron-Krupinska1

1Health Promotion and Relaxation Techniques Unit, Faculty of Physical Education, Department of Humanities and Health Promotion, University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Poland


Author for correspondence: Leslaw Kulmatycki; Health Promotion and Relaxation Techniques Unit, Faculty of Physical Education, Department of Humanities and Health Promotion, University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Poland; email: leslaw.kulmatycki[at]awf.wroc.pl


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Abstract

Background and Study Aim: It is assessed that in Poland about 40-50 thousand people do yoga regularly and over one thousand yoga instructors are needed to satisfy the demand. The aim of this study was the knowledge about competence of yoga teachers in Poland providing open yoga classes. The specific goal is the answer to the questions: Who are the teachers of yoga? What are their education, experience and qualifications to carry out such activities?
Material and Methods: Our analysis was based of websites information included175centreswho specialize in yoga classes. The number of yoga teachers and instructors analysed in the study was 463, women (n=323) and men (n=140). Their age range was between 20 and 60 years.
Results: Compared to 2005, the number of schools increased from56 to175Mostcentreswere in the big cities, such as Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw and majority of the yoga instructors were women. Majority of leaders were from sport sciences field mostly physiotherapists and recreation instructors. Professional competencies of people conducting yoga classes in Poland is given more frequently than in the study carried out in 2005. In this study (2012) 50% of people conducting yoga classes write about specialized qualifications. It is progress to compare with only 40% seven years ago.
Conclusions: By comparing data from two studies suggest that yoga in Poland is growing fast. Also the people running yoga classes are more competent and better prepared to conduct classes.


Key words: yoga instructor, yoga school, yoga teacher