81: Yoga In India + Yoga In The West with Arundhati Baitmangalkar

The differences between the way yoga is taught and practiced in India and the West are significant, and important for western yoga teachers to be aware of! Lucky for us, today on the podcast we have my friend Arundhati Baitmangalkar to break it down for us! 

Arundhati (she/her) is an Indian immigrant yoga teacher, studio business owner, podcaster and Bollywood choreographer. Now living in Seattle, Arundhati has been teaching for 14 years and owns 2 studios businesses. She was named as one of the top 20 POC yoga teachers to watch out for by Yogawalla in 2020 and she focuses on merging the eastern and western worlds of yoga authentically through her teacher trainings, her weekly ‘Let’s Talk Yoga’ podcast and other offerings. Her mission is to empower other yoga teachers like her to not only live their yoga but also thrive by building a successful career around it.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • the biggest differences between the way yoga is taught in India and in the West
  • why western yoga teachers should reconsider referring to themselves as yogis
  • something very important to understand about cultural appropriation from a yoga teacher who grew up in India
  • a candid conversation about the use of Namaste to open and close yoga classes
  • valuable ideas for yoga teachers leading trainings

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