Even though my inside source says they never moved to Maryland, I "thought" they had moved to Maryland to avoid Virginia all together.
To my understanding this is what occurred.
Yoga Alliance Board Members: Lynn Bushnell, Gyandev McCord, Virginia S. Cowen, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Joanne L. Perron, and Arun Tilak ( are all board memebers however I think I am missing one person).
Acting President 2009 - 2010 Mark Davis
YA Contract Employee EARLY 2000 - Present - John Matthews.
Current Acting Yoga Alliance President Now: - John Matthews
For the years of 2008, 2009, to the beginning of 2010, Yoga Alliance has not publicly communicated with any outside media sources, except Yoga Journal about conferences.
They did not return phone calls, nor did they explain the regulation situation to
So what did they do??
FACT: Yoga Alliance (as any non-profit or business) is required by law to hand over any information that a state requests if it pertains to proprietary taxes within that state.
FACT: Mark Davis, under John Matthews suggestion and Yoga Alliances Board's recommendation, called states and educated them on Yoga Alliance 200/500 hour curriculum, what it entailed and why it would be a good move for states to adopt the 200/500 hour standards.
WHAT Yoga Alliance DID NOT DO (ALSO A FACT):
Yoga Alliance did not provide any help to Virginia Yoga Studios, and the actual burden of changing Virginia state law was placed entirely on "The Health Advantage Yoga Center" owner Susan Van Nuys. (Susan Van Nuys is really a hero, as is Alison West of New York, whom without these two individuals, and all those volunteers that helped them, I personally believe that all yoga regulation would have passed)
Susan Van Nuys footed the organized people around the entire VA State Yoga Community, paid the major portion of the bill - the cost for lawyers, the costs of the lobbyists - and to her own studio's considerable loss.
At no time has Yoga Alliance offered money to Susan Van Nuys or to the "Yoga for New York," organization. (Alison West of Yoga for New York)
Yoga Alliance lied to VA, and NY teachers, studio owners and practitioners by skirting the actual truth, by saying Yoga Alliance was not aware of any credentialing involvement Yoga Alliance or what Mark Davis may have said. (complete lie)
My information comes from Yoga Alliance, itself, mind you. Not only do I have documents stating exactly what they did, but I also have statements from employees.
Yoga Alliances board does not make decisions about "state credentialing" at all, mainly because they are 501c3 and "it's out of their scope." However, I firmly believe (my own opinion) that the two decision makers of Yoga Alliance are Lynn Bushnell (who works for YogaWorks) and John Matthews (Long time contract employee of Yoga Alliance since 2004 or 2005) (also something that John Matthews failed to mention to people).
(As far as John Matthews actual employment dates, I am on vacation - and I don't have the exact dates in front of me)
So, how did Yoga Alliance dodge the ENTIRE Virginia Yoga Teacher Credentialing Process?
Yoga Alliance specifically and very deliberately buried their heads in the sand and rarely, if not at all, answered their phones or emails for an entire year and a half.
Yoga Alliance's official statements were (and I quote:) "Yoga Alliance just isn't prepared to make a statement about Regulation on such short notice."
And that was all that was ever said to me.
How much time do they need? I got tired of waiting for an action that never came. I became focused on pointing out their every legal flaw and business contradiction (at my own public expense). Now, even though I am sure they will laugh and say "it just isn't true," ... I can fully time their responses by what information I decide to release to the public.
I will not lie, some yogis absolutely hate me, and they totally let me know it too... but most yogis, like the literally hundreds of teachers and studios that have emailed me from all over the world, they support Yoganomics and what I am doing 110%.
You know I will be the first to admit, my writing isn't always polished, sometimes I am missing tact, or maybe a details of an important fact. But I always get the facts straight eventually. Yoga Alliance will never come after me legally because I have the documented proof to back up everything I say... And if the day ever comes that they want a legal battle, I will rain down on them, on particularly John Matthews for manipulating the truth. If there is one thing I absolutely stand up against it's manipulative big business that thing they can get away with lying by ignoring people and the truth.
So, when I tell you that John Matthews just held an "apologetic" small gathering in TX, VA, and NY, that is all fact. And when I say that at that at those small gatherings, when John Matthews is so apologetic to teachers, studios and practitioners of TX, VA, and NY - that it's all basically under false pretense, that too is fact.
John Matthews is flat out lying about, not only his involvement, but Mark Davis's Involvement, and also the Yoga Alliance Board's involvement, too.
So .... Ask yourself... "Is the cost worth the value of what you actually receive?"
If I am going to succeed at changing Yoga Alliance for the betterment for the whole of Yoga - then the change must come from within yoga itself. It must come from us.
If Yoga Alliance is going to be actually useful - it is time that we collectively - RIGHT NOW - call them out and make them honest and transparent, and force them, to get back on the path of being a useful and yoga minded Organization that can take yoga into the next decade. .... OR it's just not worth it to anyone who practices yoga.
It just isn't worth it.