It was really difficult for me to find a yoga studio where I thought the teachers were genuine. My idea of genuine is the same as yours and the yoga studio where I practice at now sounds like a place you would love. Challenging but yet the whole practice feeling holistic and addressing the spiritual aspect of it too.
I have learned that not everyone looks at yoga in a spiritual way and some address the practice only in a physical way and that is enough for them. It’s just how some people look at yoga. A workout. It’s not going to be easy to find what you are looking for but I can assure you that it’s out there and it’s just going to take some time for you to find the practice that clicks with you.
These are learning lessons for you too.
Honestly just don’t have any expectations for every yoga teacher to be spiritual and knowledgeable about the aspects besides the asanas.
I’ll share some thoughts not necessarily to answer your question but add some points to consider on it.
So you’re talking about a big city. This is a situation where
- There are many yoga studios and yoga instructors in competition for market share.
- Instructors in particular feel the pressure, because they’re often paid very little per class and need to teach lots of classes to make ends meet and pay high city rents.
- Big city yoga practitioners, in my experience, by and large don’t care so much about the spiritual parts and really do tend to see yoga as more of a physical routine to complement their other workouts. So the classes have to cater to the demographic, and until someone really gets what yoga is about they’ll think in a modern, worldly mindset of “if it doesn’t kick my ass, what was the point?” students like that feel disappointed and don’t come back (i’ve actually seen this happen frequently, they don’t get what yoga is really about)
- Lots of city people try out yoga and don’t necessarily stick around long enough to make the instructor’s investment in learning about them worthwhile. That and the higher numbers of students overall make it hard to try and remember everyone.
All that said, I would say it’s possible many (not all, but more than you think) of those instructors actually do wish they could slow down and take the time to do more…but the pressure to teach high numbers of classes and students like a factory worker wears them down to where it becomes a mechanical routine. This is different than someone who runs a studio out in the suburbs with fewer students, lower costs/rents, and possibly not as reliant on teaching classes to make ends meet.