I agree with Joy. Scope of practice is very important in today's society. I am a licensed medical practitioner and I am very cautious about making medical/health recommendations with my yoga students. My goal is to find a way to combine my yoga teacher certification and my medical license.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE!! It is illegal to dispense nutrition advice unless you are a registered dietitian or. I think this article drops the ball by not mentioning that.
i love the idea about incorporating additional avenues of wellness with our teaching. i am also a Massage Therapist and see many of my clients in the classroom as well. I coach them to include massage, meditation, dietary changes, and cleanses as part of their overall wellness plan. I find that when working with private yoga clients it provides an excellent avenue to expand on options that they might be willing to try and allow them to make the best decision for themselves.
Wonderful idea, however students sometimes might think that the studio is becoming quite commercial instead of spiritual, so there is a very thin line out there. Nutritional supplements, organic massage oils and some yoga equipment might be a good idea, but anything of secondary importance might be considered as too commercial. Nutritional counselling could very well be added to a monthly newsletter bulletin for instance, so students know its there if they are willing to take it, however I still believe that it should not be on offer in the studio as it will look like a supermarket more than like a spiritual place where people can relax and throw off any constraints. Milkana G., Certified Yoga Practitioner