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December 2, 2010 - 12:46 am
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Heres the deal...If you are not registered it means everything....If you are registered it means nothing.

Last summer during an interview I was asked "where did you learn yoga?" I answered "in my heart." If you want to work at a yoga job, get registered! If you can live your life as a yogi, more opportunities than you can imagine will be presented to you.

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November 30, 2010 - 3:27 pm
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Don't be worried. Who is this Yoga Dork? Very funny! It sounds like a joke. You never had to register in the first place. Who is the expert that tells you to pay these fees? Yoga Alliance has so much money from naive teachers in the US. They will be fine through this global recession. You still pay for membership fees and so will other yoga teachers.

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November 30, 2010 - 5:08 pm
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This is a boy crying "wolf." Yoga Dork says: "it appeared YA was ready to toss in the yoga towel." Think about it - It's not going to happen. They make big money on fees. There's your multi-million dollar cash cow. The closing is just nonsense and speculation. Much like a flock of sheep we yoga teachers are naive and that's the reason why people refer to us as a bunch of fruit cakes.

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November 30, 2010 - 9:53 pm
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There's nothing definite there. We're just kicking up dust where Yoga Dork left off. There's another fact to consider though. Did you ever think banks and mutual fund companies would need a government bail out? If you add up the legal services, advertising budget at YJ conferences etc., salaries, benefits, rent, utilities, insurance, web development and the like, YA might not be in a good financial position. I said,"might," and that doesn't add up to much.

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November 30, 2010 - 10:09 pm
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"It appeared" means nothing. This is pure fiction.

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November 30, 2010 - 10:59 pm
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Maybe we're looking too deep into smoke signals, but where there's smoke there's fire.

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November 30, 2010 - 11:22 pm
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The entire Yoga community does not seem to respect the name of YA. When I finished my Yoga teacher training I received many offers to teach without the YA registration. Also, I have found that YA doesn't follow up on any reports of yoga teacher misconduct. On top of all this, they are overpriced for their lack of services. I have never had any trouble getting a teaching position.

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November 30, 2010 - 11:34 pm
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This isn't funny. You're like vultures over a carcass. Stop beating a dead horse. We need yoga alliance to uphold the standards of teaching. Unless you have an alternative organization there isn't anything to cheer about.

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Hi Tolyo,

You're right this isn't funny, but I don't think anyone is cheering. More like giving opinions and reading tea leaves. Most people have spent so much on yoga certification that they can't afford to join YA. You have to admit they raised prices in the middle of a recession. This stops the average teacher from renewing their registration and waiting four months for their YA card to arrive. Then a teacher learns to think for herself. A year goes by and not one employer or student cares if you have the card. Does YA know who you are Tolyo? Have they seen you teach a class? Do they know if you put your heart and soul into teaching? Do they send you anything worth reading? This is only the beginning. They fell short of helping yoga teacher training schools in NY, NJ, VA, MI, and TX. They and former President Mark Davis said YTT school closings were a good thing. It would weed out inferior schools. Inferior to YA is being a smaller privately owned yoga studio since YA was originally supported by the extremely large ashrams. In other words they back their backers (the large US ashrams). It's a money grab. I'm not laughing, I'm crying over what a bunch of fools we've all been. During this recession YA let the little people fall, just like the banks did.

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December 1, 2010 - 1:02 pm
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This banter is totally biased. YA has done its best to serve the yoga community despite relocating twice and a total over haul of staff. Of course they are having difficulty if everyone is new at their job. From the president down to the bottom all of their help have changed. Cut them some slack. This is the same for every company these days.

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December 1, 2010 - 4:51 pm
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Well, Well..... We will see what the SELF PROCLAIMED regulator of Yoga does now. After their complete lack of support for Yoga teacher training centers and blowing money on their own Salaries and Yoga Journal Conferences...... They are maybe on the way out... I can't see why that would be. I mean isn't an 8 1/2 X 11 printed out on an ink-jet, that does nothing for you when the state comes and costs hundreds, worth it? Ha, I think NOT.

PS: Look what the YA is doing for Yoga in Texas......Nothing, "What would you like us to do" Heh heh heh. Check this out, more on the YA hit list: https://darlateachesyoga.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/yoga-alliance-comes-to-texas/

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December 1, 2010 - 5:01 pm
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More on the fight of Yoga teacher training in VA:

PS....This is where YA is located.....For The MOMENT

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Again, another biased anti-YA jab from you Yuri! If we don't have yoga alliance who will be the independent registry for the United States? It's not that easy to register all the teachers who sign up. They must be backlogged if the can't get registrations out in a timely mannner. They have to be at the conferences. Maybe you would like a solid gold registration with your name engraved on it.

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December 1, 2010 - 5:23 pm
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C'mon Tolyo, they give nothing back to the Yoga community. I suppose you think it is ok for them to become predatory and use your registration fees to do this, as they have and sue other Yoga Alliances and organizations.... Geez they sued Yoga Alliance UK, At least you get a Membership Card with Yoga Alliance UK.

By the way if they are having such a hard time getting the 13 people that the Alliance is made of....motivated to file paperwork, maybe they should hire new management.....AGAIN.....

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December 1, 2010 - 5:57 pm
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Thank you for your responses. This has been a lesson. I know there are 2 sides to every story. It was good to hear both sides. I didn't realize about the employee shuffle at yoga alliance. And I didn't really understand the states involvement in closing yoga teacher training centers. How did YA dodge the bullet in Virginia? Surely, they must have been warned by Virginia to cease and desist. Is it legal for them to process yoga teacher certification? I'm really not comfortable with all the changes. But Now I've done more independent surfing on the web. More information is better than no information. I guess my position is neutral and it's time for nadi shodhana.

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December 1, 2010 - 6:39 pm
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Really! This issue came from Yoga Dork! Think about it and realise it's being taken out of context. In the UK, BWY tried to play a similar tune. Now there are 3 registries in the UK. On the other side of the pond, Canadians have their own alliance. Americans need another registry or two to serve as a balance. All this there is nothing but misinformation that claims you should consider registering. If the government applies the clamps then there is no need for an independent registry of yoga teachers at all.

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I know a company that changes help all the time and gives sub-par service and conflicting answers. It's called: Dunkin Donuts. Yes, we need a different choice.

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Wow! Lots of excitement here. Thanks for posting the pros an cons. Don't know where I stand on Yoga registration but I'm going to Starbucks.

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I'm registered and its important to me. If registration was really important to Yuri he'd get registered. He gets plenty of jobs. But you're right teaching yoga is more than a job. So where did you learn? Telling an HR person about learning in your heart doesn't answer the question. Did you get the teaching position?

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December 2, 2010 - 11:57 am
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Importance of registration is a credential gathering thing. Don't lose sight of that. To have extra letters or numbers is a matter of status. Something like high school status for people who are supposed to be beyond that time in their lives.

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