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April 27, 2015
How many times do we have to say, "Yoga registration is not required to teach." YA has no state or federal authority anywhere! As long as you have documentation that your yoga certification meets or exceeds YA standards, most employers see this as a 200 hour or more standard and you don't have to be registered with YA in order to be recognized as "valid." You should have some verifying documentation.
As more and more employers adopted the 200 hour minimum standard, yoga trainers started developing programs based on this standard. I find it ironic that an online registry discriminates against online training. You have to study 100 hours to get 20 non-contact CEUs. I ran across a site that said 60 online hours would give you 60 non-contact CEUs. Wrong! 60 online study hours would give you 12 non-contact CEUs.
Now I'm explaining YA policy to employers and interns because YA's site was written up in "law speak. Is there really a difference between YA registered or 200 hr certified teachers? No!
To register a yoga school (RYS) is expensive, unnecessary, and filling out the paperwork for the school is ridiculous. YA wanted access to our promotional materials. Why? So they could turn over our materials to their investors? Many inferior yoga teacher training programs are out there who are registered, and many excellent training courses are not registered.
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