ok, I'm looking into taking a teacher training course locally. I wasn't even aware that it could be a at home course. With certification after the course (which both options give), do you have to get approval by the Yoga Alliance? The local studio that teaches said they'll help you get there, but I thought it was a must to legally teach Yoga in the states.
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Hi April, The Yoga Alliance is a company, not a government authority, which passes out an extra credential called registration. You don't need it to teach or to get insurance.
Just to make it clear, certification is needed but not the registration. YA doesn't provide Certification.
Actually I just found their business review a bit ago from the BBB and put it in this post: http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/forum/topic.php?id=1740#post-5338
For some reason we're allowed freedom of speech on this forum. Yoga Journal stopped allowing any posts that were critical of YA. They had to think about their income of advertising money from Yoga Alliance. You see Yoga Alliance is very good at marketing and spends a lot and Yoga Journal wants to stay in business. They (YA) have millions of dollars to market with. It is a very sad state of affairs when a company that isn't accredited and has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau creates a belief that we need them. Most yoga teachers in the US don't join Yoga Alliance, but some do. Right now Yoga Alliance is hell bent on squeezing every dime out of yoga teachers and any schools. It may be their last stand before they say goodbye. Now - Is it a sign of status to join? Some teachers think so and most teachers don't but if my studio had an F rating and nobody recognized me as valid most people would be afraid to come to my class. Yoga Alliance is not accredited and has an F rating. I rest my case. You might also want to visit the thread below.
Many institutes provide yoga programs for 200 hours and some provides advanced yoga classes for 300 hours and 500 hours as well. You can get good job opportunities if you learn yoga from a reputed institute as they provide great techniques and superb yoga knowledge by the trained yoga teachers. No need for Yoga Alliance. They aren't a national regulatory body. They are a tricky company that changes rules often and F rated by the BBB. The Yoga teacher training provided by various institutes should be suited to each type of individual to enhance their teaching abilities.
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