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April 27, 2015
Interesting. You seem a little infuriated by the tone of your post. As teachers we should understand that Yoga Alliance has spread information about protecting us and now they are re-defining their role after the states kicked them between the legs.
At this very moment, money is being spent by newly registered yoga teachers who assume that Yoga Alliance is the Grand Poobah of all yoga teachers. The federal and state governments rule us whether we like it or not. But those dues we paid are used to fund a misinformation campaign like no other.
A massive campaign of propaganda is being financed by membership dues. Here's one: Studios hire only RYTs! Huh? Yoga studios hire the best possible teachers. Or at least good studios do this. A piece of paper can get you to an interview, but you better know how to teach yoga regardless of where your certification came from.
On top of that. Yoga schools their own graduates. Why should they look outside if the have a farm team inside? The whole concept of an elite registration organization that never graded you on your teaching ability is ludicrous. Really it seems we are a bunch of fruit cakes from the outside looking in.
One more point. Yoga is and will always be a spiritual practice unless you teach Bikram, sport yoga, yoga fit or pilates. Those are exercise classes! No big deal - lets call a spade a spade. The government shouldn't try to regulate yoga either because it's a spiritual pursuit.
Do you think for a second that Yoga Alliance is concerned with yoga as a spiritual practice? No way, if they did they would have used that as a valid argument to repel state regulation. They had the funding but they use it to put themselves on a platform of superiority. Just like Sam Slag Heap, the Grand Poobah of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes.
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