# Open yoga - the future begins now.

Friends, the Open Yoga School is a synthesis of East and West. This is an attempt to make a fusion of all the best that the East has given to the world, and all the best that the West has given to the world. This is an attempt to realize the ideas proclaimed by the Most Great Masters and Yogis: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, and many others.

We equally respect the traditions of the ancient Vedas, with the Ashram system for the transfer of knowledge, thanks to which this knowledge has survived to our days, but also the heritage of Western civilization with its unique University education system, thanks to which there was a tremendous leap in life and science, which made yoga accessible in the whole modern world.

We equally respect the ancient hymns such as the Mantras of the Rig Veda, proclaimed by the ancient Rishis - Teachers in the Vedic language. But also funny student songs, the old hymn of the students of the Gaudeamus Igitur of the Medieval European Universities, which were previously performed by wandering singers - vagants in Latin.

We consider ourselves the heirs of both traditions. We strive to maintain the freedom-loving spirit of knowledge that you will find in ancient Vedic times, as well as during the time of the first Universities of Europe.

We do our best to transfer knowledge of yoga in the ways that are characteristic of Eastern schools and Ashrams, as well as in ways characteristic of the Bologna education system. We strive to do the incredible - bring these systems together!

If you systematically study Open Yoga, then in different countries you may encounter different forms of organization of this educational process. Some forms are fully functional, and some are in the process of becoming. Somewhere are Associations with qualifying exams and serious preparation for them. Somewhere is a structure more reminiscent of the Ashram training system with a no less complex system of preparation and passing exams. Somewhere are full-fledged Universities with the Bologna system of education with the educational hierarchy of Associates, Bachelors and Masters in which graduates in other specialties or other competencies are trained in addition to training for yoga teachers (as it is now fashionable to say).

We are working to ensure that very soon a system of mutual recognition of training in all possible forms is agreed upon. That is, if a person studied at the Ashram for 208 weeks and passed the appropriate tests, this would be recognized as a Bachelor's degree at the University, where the same specialty is taught. Or, if a person has been trained and for several years passed 9 qualifying exams for a certificate of yoga teacher, his training is equivalent to training in the Ashram, as well as a Bachelor's degree in the relevant University structures.

The ideas embodied in the International University Bologna Education System are likely, like no other, to solve this problem, both with regard to the forms of instruction in Open Yoga, and to the friendly and kindred schools of yoga.

This process, despite the infusion of colossal resources, is rather slow, sometimes painful. Perhaps this is even for the better, since the task is very serious and haste is not appropriate here.

The most difficult problems are with the system of recognition of diplomas and certificates. But, in addition to legal issues, these are financial problems.

In short, this is the case. The cost of absolutely the same education and training for a yoga teacher in different countries and with a different form of training can vary tens or more times! For example, in the countries of the former USSR, this is about $100–$ 120 per month, while in economically developed countries, a Bachelor’s program on the same subject can cost $1000–$ 1500 a month. If you make a direct recognition system for teaching in yoga schools in different countries, it will simply kill the yoga training system in economically developed countries. No one wants to pay more if you can get what you want much cheaper. If we still remember that yoga universities and other yoga structures in economically developed countries sponsor and subsidize yoga all over the world, it becomes clear that this will deal a devastating blow to the development of all yoga.

Our lawyers tell us that although problems with differences in laws of different countries are serious enough, they are still more easily overcome than mutual coordination of financial issues.

What to do with it, we do not know yet. Sometimes it seems that it is easier for poor countries to become rich than to solve such problems.