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April 27, 2015
Maybe there is a need for a new international yoga teacher association. There is the International Yoga Federation, but they never answer their mail. This creates a need for a compassionate yoga association for teachers that cares to answer their queries. Yoga Alliance used to be the same way, but now they answer. The problem is they answer with draconian rules. This is tough for established teachers who taught for decades before the yoga alliance existed.
But people have short memories. 10 years go by and it seems as if Yoga Alliance was established shortly after the big bang. Here's a suggestion - Join a state or province teacher association for now. This allows you to network. Expect some of the younger RYT types to act as if their paper makes them part of royalty. But you will meet established yoga teachers who are centered too.
The California Yoga Teacher Association (CYTA) is one of the best state level organizations and they alllow members from everywhere. You don't have to be a California resident to be a member of CYTA. The main point is we need associations like CYTA and communities like Aura to share ideas and to improve our teaching skills.
There is no need to beat a dead horse here. Many of us fall into a bracket where we can think for ourselves and don't need a bunch of rules. It's been a long time since I was a kid in school and I don't play follow the leader very well anymore.
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