I agree with all of the statements above. In addidition, I particularly like YogaFit training because it follows current exercise recommendations to warm the muscles before you stretch them. I personally have seen many instructors beginning their Yoga sessions with deep stretching before warming the muscles. It is my belief that my Personal Trainer Certification education does make me a safer Yoga Instructor then if I did not have it. Does anyone else have a thought on this?
In answer to Tonia, I’m not yet familiar with YogaFit, but there is definitely a benefit to gradually bringing the muscles from a resting state to a “ready-to-work” state (i.e. the warmup) in every mode of physical activity. The body will adapt to the increase in workload much more effectively in terms of less risk of injury and better range of motion. I agree that a quality PT cert will enhance safety of instruction across modes of group exercise, since you have the anatomy/physiology knowledge base to begin with.
Club Business Industry (CBI) Magazine covered this topic in their May 2013 issue, titled “Under Fire: Yoga and Pilates professionals Rise To The Challenge To Ensure Students’ Safety”. It’s an excellent article addressing the challenge Health & Wellness Professionals must address to keep students safe.
Here is the link to the article: