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April 27, 2015
I'm not an expert on Yoga Alliance (YA) policies. I've been teaching for a short while. But I can see a reason why people join. A credential that is perceived to be higher is the reason for the RYT. Whether you agree with the idea or not you have to admit that YA has done an unbelievable PR job. Yoga Day is just one example of their marketing and PR genius.
Why do we need them? Right now there are only state level organizations that would protect us if YA didn't exist. I have a lot of faith in the California Yoga Teacher's Association, but what if i lived in a state in the north east would I be protected by the California Yoga Teacher's Association? I'm sure there is a state level teacher association in New York, but do you know who they are??
That's why we need YA. It still wouldn't hurt to have another "Big Dog" like YA for many reasons. This country is based on a two party system. You deserve a free choice, but nobody has stepped up to the plate. This makes me think - IT'S NOT THAT EASY! There has to be more to it. Maybe organizing a bunch of free spirits (Yoga teachers) is a major chore?
That's my spin.
P.S. I'm not a YA member and don't want to be.
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