Cer­ti­fied by bod­ies reg­is­tered un­der Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

WE, the Malaysian Yoga So­ci­ety (MYS) and the Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Yoga In­struc­tors (MAYI), would like to clar­ify on a state­ment per­tain­ing to yoga cen­tres in the re­port “Min­istry reg­u­lates yoga prac­tice” (NST, May 7, 2017).

The re­port fea­tured an in­ter­view that stated all forms of yoga, in­clud­ing the mod­ern ones, should be reg­u­lated and that reg­u­lar yoga cen­tres, too, need to be gov­erned by a body to en­sure that in­struc­tors are qual­i­fied to teach even ba­sic yoga.

We would like to share our facts on the above state­ment. In our coun­try, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions are is­sued to yoga in­struc­tors by in­sti­tu­tions reg­is­tered un­der the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

The dos and don’ts of yoga have been stud­ied metic­u­lously, processed with care and stated clearly in all the course ma­ter­ials and teach­ing in­struc­tions, and test­ing regimes are struc­tured ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ments of the min­istry.

Un­der these cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses, the ben­e­fits and con­traindi­ca­tions of each pos­ture are ex­plained.

Yoga in­struc­tors, too, un­dergo ex­ten­sive train­ing.

While it is com­mend­able and rightly so that yoga ther­apy comes un­der the purview of the Health Min­istry, the in­struc­tions and train­ing for yoga in­struc­tors are reg­u­lated by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

As the Ed­u­ca­tion Act 1996 (Act 550) clearly states, the ap­proval for teach­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion needs to be given by the Malaysian-reg­is­tered ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, and not by for­eign yoga bod­ies.

MYS and MAYI have been spear­head­ing the re­nais­sance of yoga in Malaysia for the past 15 years and have main­tained close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, Health Min­istry, Sports and Youth Min­istry and the Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry.

We also have reg­u­lar di­a­logues with vo­ca­tional boards.

We hope read­ers have a clearer pic­ture on this mat­ter.

MANISEKARAN PONNUSAMY Founder and pres­i­dent, Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Yoga In­struc­tors; founder and pres­i­dent, Malaysian Yoga So­ci­ety

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