Chronicles of being ::castellani:: imposed state regulation of yoga schools




On April 1st I am headed down to New Orleans to basically organize and educate teachers and studios on why state regulation of yoga teacher training schools as Vocational programs is ludicrous, what is really occurring and why it will inevitably hurt their businesses.

I don’t know if you have been following my blog at all or if your familiar with the events that are happening, but Yoga Alliance has been asked by local state governments in NY, VA, MO, TX, WA, and LA (most likely other states as well) to give lists of TT’s schools so that they can serve the studios with “Hey you’re being regulated so pay up or close up shop” letters.

Yoga media giants are silent, and it makes them look like they’re in on the joke, seriously. Am I wrong in thinking that the state regulation of yoga is basically making studios adhere to state appointed criteria, when they (the Government) really has no clue what they are talking about…. ? No. I am not wrong. Please read on.

Yoga Alliance has been supposedly “regulating” yoga for years, but what does that exactly mean? …. they haven’t said much except that they saw the regulation coming. That doesn’t cut the cake, sorry. Not a good enough answer. And if Yoga Alliance is regulating yoga, their lack of foresight and leadership is deplorable, and inexcusable. Quite frankly, we don’t know what Toga Alliance or Yoga media giants think because they don’t return phone calls or respond to emails.

We do know for a fact that they rolled over on all the TT schools when NY, VA, MO, TX, WA, and LA asked for a list of schools.

This is not a time for silence or compliance, this is a time for action.

Yoga Alliance is not regulating yoga because they are 10 employees and and 10 trustees that are over worked and too burdened to provide a response. That is why they provide zero guidance to Yoga Teachers, or studios. As a matter a fact they have been telling schools to comply and become vocational schools, which is absolutely unacceptable.

If you want my honest thoughts on it… lets keep in touch, and lets see what happens.

I, for one, am excited to see whats around the corner, and I know that most yoga teachers aren’t actually are aware of whats happening.

Government regulation of Yoga Studios will mean either pay $5000.00 each year to license your teacher training school, or shut your doors and lose 35% of the studios over all income, thats all there is too it. And if yoga teachers think they’re not next on the list, they’re wrong. With regulated schools comes regulated teachers and then you have to get your yoga teaching certificate diploma at the accredited teacher training school, that pays $5000.00 a year to say you’re qualified.

And let me tell you, I haven’t run into a teacher yet, who hasn’t asked me tips on making more money.

That should tell you something.

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Comment by Brian Castellani on March 14, 2010 at 7:27pm
I totally agree, wow, things are going to change.
Comment by Francesca Vanegas on March 14, 2010 at 7:15pm
The studio is in Augusta, SC, lead by a very respected teacher, Yoganand, Radiant Well Being. Finally, I want to reflect that I sense from many an attitude of powerlessness. Yoga teaches us to be fearless, spiritual warriors, so let's come from a point of strength and resilience which the studio I mentioned above is doing.
Comment by Brian Castellani on March 12, 2010 at 8:24pm

who was the NC studio? I would like to speak to them.

I just posted another posting about this issue on my own blog. Thanks - Brian
Comment by Francesca Vanegas on March 12, 2010 at 7:31pm
@floridayogainstitute - I do have another thought or idea; a former teacher of mine based in the Carolinas recently sent an email out to his student body explaining that they would be getting in fron of the issue, and learning up front their state's plan so they would not be blindsided. This is feeling more like a lobbying effort to me.
Comment by Francesca Vanegas on March 12, 2010 at 7:27pm
Thank you for a well written post, and I would like to hear more about an action plan. The Florida Yoga Institute in Naples/Bonita Springs/Fort Myers /Florida offers an incredibly comprehensive yoga teacher training, years in the making, featuring a doctor of physical therapy and a University professor who imparts more than 40+ hours of yoga anatomy which far exceeds yoga alliance standards with more than 40+ hours of anatomy/physiology. I'm also an author of an upcoming book and what I have learned by writing could never be "legislated" . There are two ways to complain: one is a complaint that creates empathy, and the other is complaining for action. What is it specifically that can be done and what I do to help?
Comment by Brian Castellani on March 12, 2010 at 7:04pm
It is being worked on. Trust me. The best thing you can do is join my mailing list and stay aware of the situation. We are organizing and it is being done with yoga teachers and studios in mind. Spread the word. - Brian
Comment by Brian Castellani on March 12, 2010 at 7:01pm
Yoga Teachers and Studios are both in the same boat with this issue. If a studio loses revenue, then the teachers loose revenue. Decisions are being made, while YA continues their streak of silence.
Comment by Sarah B on March 12, 2010 at 6:43pm
Great post. I 100% agree and it is a little scary that they have that control over the studios and the teachers. Next step is how do we fix this problem?
Comment by danae robinett on March 12, 2010 at 5:50pm
Points well taken here...
In my first couple of years of teaching I was a member of Yoga Alliance (starting in 2005) only later coming to realize the benefits sorely lacked!!! Yes you are so right in their ability or rather inability to respond to emails and return phone calls. This is the primary reason I dropped my membership, how I could be a member of an organization that was unable to return my phone call--eek!

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