Frequently Asked Questions
What is Prevent Yoga Injury?
Prevent Yoga Injury is a website dedicated to sharing reliable information and cultivating dialogue on the issues of yoga safety, contraindications and best practices. My goal is to build the site into a one-stop-shop for yoga practitioners, teachers and medical professionals seeking information on these topics. This means all voices and points of view are welcome and encouraged. Yoga is many different things to many different people and PYI respects all viewpoints. The idea is to capture as many as possible, in one place, so that students can access information and make their own decisions about their practice. I welcome and encourage contributions to the site, guest bloggers and cross promotional opportunities that are in line with PYI goals and intent. If you've got a suggestion, idea or would like to pitch something, just contact me.
Who is behind Prevent Yoga Injury?
Me, Victoria. You can learn a bit about me and why I created this site here.
Are you an expert? What are your credentials?
I am not an expert and do not seek to portray myself as one. I have no desire to become a yogalebrity. I just really love yoga, saw a gap in available resources and set out to fill it.
I have practiced yoga for about eight years and strive to live the 8 limbs, but am a pretty normal person. I love yoga philosophy and have personally experienced many benefits from my practice. I earned my RYT200 in June 2012. I also have a Master's from the London School of Economics in Philosophy & Public Policy. I spent the last 10 years working in international development and conflict resolution. I've decided I don't want to do that work anymore (I may eventually write a blog to explain why) and have been mainly focused on my yoga practice and starting a business for the last year. Prevent Yoga Injury is the outcome of those efforts.
I see myself mostly as a facilitator and look forward to engaging with lots of people on these important issues, hosting dialogue and helping practitioners get their questions about yoga safety answered. If there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask.
Are you affiliated with Yoga Alliance or the International Association of Yoga Therapists?
Nope. But, I do follow these two organizations closely to keep up with their plans for credentialing and ensuring teachers are fully prepared to handle students with medical conditions. I think they are both doing great work and moving in good directions.
Why did you self publish The Index?
I chose to self publish the Index because I really wanted to be able to connect directly to the people who need the information contained in the book. This way, I'm able to give the community exactly what they want and need without the interference of a third, fourth or fifth party that is primarily concerned with their bottom line. I also wanted to retain control of how the book was marketed since the topic of yoga injuries can be controversial. I did not want a big publisher to try and use scare tactics to sell my book. At the end of the day, I'm concerned about helping people do safer yoga.
Why is The Index only available in PDF?
I decided to sell the book as a PDF download for three main reasons:
Aren't you worried that people will just email it to their friends?
Yes and no. I really believe that people are good - especially the group of people that are likely to buy this book. There are some built in deterrents to dissuade sharing the file. Although, I hope the biggest deterrents will be karma and ahimsa.
If you know of someone who is truly in financial need and needs the information in the book, then please send me a note through the contact page explaining the circumstances and I will gladly work with them. Please don't share the file after you've paid for it.
Will you release other formats?
While I love the pdf option for the reasons mentioned above, I am also dedicated to providing students with what they really need. So if there is another format that would work better for you, please complete this form. Once I get enough responses, I'll start working on the next most wanted format.
In the meantime, most eReaders can store and read pdf files. See below for how to access the Index from your device.
How to access the Index on your iPad, Nook, Kindle
Most eReaders have the ability to store and read pdf files. If you would like to access the Index from your iPad, Nook or Kindle, follow these links to learn how.
The checkout process froze on me!
Payments are processed via PayPal when purchasing the eBook. PayPal has reported they have some issues with the Apple Safari and Google Chrome web browsers. If you're using one of these, just close out and retry your transaction. If possible, use Internet Explorer or Firefox, as these seem to be fully supported by PayPal.
If all else fails just contact me and the transaction can be completed manually.
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