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April 27, 2015
I don't know what to make of this turn of events over the past year. Some teachers join YA for the perception of a higher certification. But there is no testing process to become a registered yoga teacher. The staff at yoga alliance are always aloof and give inconsistent answers. They don't really know any of their members except for a few yoga divas.
Why do teachers join yoga alliance? Some think it's required to teach. Some think they will protect you from the states. Some think they are an authority of yoga. Some want to be a member of an exclusive club. Sorry but it's all a deception.
They give you a card to put on your wall or in your purse. It states you are a RYT! You feel good about yourself and you get what you paid for. They don't know you, they don't test you, but voila - You become a RYT by filling out their forms and giving them money! Do you think YA gives credibility to yoga teachers?
MI, VA, NY, and NJ probably told YA to shut up or they'd expose them as a wall paper factory. Then YA says the state regulations would get rid of lesser yoga teacher training schools. In NY and NJ the teachers joined together. In MI and VA the jury is still out.
The collateral damage is NOT for lesser Yoga schools or teacher programs. The poorer studio owners living on the edge were closed by the sudden state regulations without warning and the bad economy. It had nothing to do with the quality of their yoga instructor certification courses. The rich schools got bigger and stronger. That had nothing to do with producing quality yoga teachers.
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