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.