On April 1st I am headed down to New Orleans to 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. Thinking that the state and their imposed regulation of yoga teacher trainings is basically making studios adhere to state appointed criteria… that is pretty straight foreword. When they (the Government) really have zip to contribute, no clue what they are talking about, and absolutely no ground to stand on. Compliance is for people and businesses who think that it is “too much trouble,” to stand up for your rights…. (?) …. I am not wrong. Please read on.
YOGA ALLIANCE PREAMBLE TO CODE OF CONDUCTThis Code of Conduct is a summation and declaration of acceptable, ethical, and professional behavior by which all Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) and Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) agree to conduct the teaching and business of Yoga. The Code is not intended to supersede the Code of Conduct/Ethics of any school or tradition, but is intended to be a basis for yoga ethics.
Code of Conduct
As a Registrant of Yoga Alliance and as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) or representative of a Registered Yoga School (RYS), I agree to uphold the ethical goals set forth in the following Code of Conduct:
1. Uphold the integrity of my vocation by conducting myself in a professional and conscientious manner.
2. Acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and where appropriate, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment, or direction.
3. Create and maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
4. Encourage diversity actively by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation.
5. Respect the rights, dignity, and privacy of all students.
6. Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment.
7. Adhere to the traditional yoga principles as written in the Yamas and Niyamas.
8. Follow all local government and national laws that pertain to my yoga teaching and business.
Yoga Alliance has been “regulating” yoga since 1999,when they formed, but what does that exactly mean? …. Yoga Alliance hasn’t said much except that they saw the regulation coming. That doesn’t cut the cake, sorry. Not a good enough answer. If Yoga Alliance is regulating yoga, their lack of foresight and leadership is inexcusable. Quite frankly, we don’t know what Yoga Alliance or Yoga media giants are thinking or doing because they don’t return phone calls or respond to emails and don’t let the public know whats going on until it’s happened.
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.