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April 27, 2015
Great posts and interesting opinions. There is one common theme in all of this. People say yoga is not about money, but going to a 2-3 day workshop can cost $1,000 or more easy. Instructor training is always more. Look at the Yoga Journal conferences and you can see the prices. Then add your travel, room, and meals.
Ds anyone expect the Yoga Alliance to run for free? Ds anyone expect free yoga teacher workshops, seminars, and training?
If you cut through all the hypocricy about money, you realize Yoga training costs money. Do the poor have access to classes? Of course they don't have much. Do you think the Yoga celebs would gather for a public training in the poor sections of New York, Detroit, Chicago, or Los Angeles? Can we afford to give away all of our classes?
So, yoga instructor training is going to cost us money, but we have to budget for it. If you live in an inner city, you are trying to get your kids into a private school, because you have obligations. Who is more important to you - you or your kids?
And I agree, most yoga teachers in the west are women. Most women give to their families first. If you take the sequence of events that Parell mentions, you will be Okay. Becoming certified is a step by step process and ultimately we all want to get is the highest possible level of training, so there is no end, until our life is over.
Who knows, maybe most of us will study in the after life. Now, with reference to becoming a registered yoga teacher (RYT). Better to teach now, gain experience, and prepare for the future - regardless of any opinions about association agendas.
I would rather be teaching yoga right now than wait on the fence, for the money to come in, because your teaching experience is not a waste of time. You will learn more at the front of the class, than you will at the back. Think about this - you will learn more as a teacher than you ever will as a yoga student. Each individual need is a case that we research, because we must for the sake of our students.
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