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Why Yoga Teachers Don't Have To Register With Yoga Alliance
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YA doesn't see you teach a class. So they register people who they don't know or see. The entire YA strategy is based upon the fear of not belonging and misinformation. They must spend millions on their propaganda. Shame on yoga teachers for not researching this matter further.


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Most teachers are certified. The number of teachers in the US are between 350K to 875K depending on the stats you read. YA claim that they have about 50K. Do the math. You should be certified and insured - that's it. If you want spend more it's up to you. 


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I have never been a fan of any company that wants to engage in the mind control of yoga instructors. Yoga instructors used to be mystics and independent thinkers. That said, there is a value in joining a registry in some cases. If you live in a highly populated area like New York City, you might have to join a trademarked company that issues you letters and numbers after your name.

Times are changing and the old guard is heading off to assisted living. So it's up to the younger teachers to decide if they want to be controlled by a corporate entity disguised as a not for profit business. I agree that it's wise to be insured, certified, and educated in order to teach classes. 


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Hi Gator,


Yes, I can understand where you are coming from, but after all these years and this global popularity of yoga, one group needed to step forward and offer some guidance for now and in the future. YA has managed to give all of us some basic structure that helps teachers develop their skills.

It is only natural for gurus, teachers, and swamis to resist being swept up in regulation, but we must consider the welfare of our students. If a student breaks his or her toe nail on a mat there will be an article published about the dangers of yoga on the following day. I agree with you about insurance, certification, and education, but some kind of registration will be needed by the full-time teacher in the future and YA seems like the best of the registries.

Aum Shanti,



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Ashmin, you really see the big picture and times are changing. We used to have small classes and now some classes are so large they have moved to warehouses and parks. This is good for yoga, but popularity also brings it's own brand of baggage. People resist regulation, but want to be protected from everything. I can remember a different time, but that time has passed. Sadly, I must bow to the registering companies, because their guidelines are more acceptable than government regulation.

Imagine a day, when walking, talking, and breathing are regulated. If you think I'm joking, pick up a newspaper or visit a news site. There is little happiness, kindness, or mindfulness in news stories. There is a constant chatter of blame for nonsense and the mantra is "sue them." There are worse stories, but when there is a lack of stories, the blame game goes on with a spicy scandal here and there. The point being the registries are becoming necessary for today's teacher, because they work to protect us and for that we should show them respect and gratitude. 

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