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Yoga Alliance, A Peaceful Hustle

Yoga Alliance Has Received
$7,445,600 in Application Fees + Charges Teachers & Trainers an Additional $7,509,840 Every Year

In September 2019, Yoga Alliance had 7,748 registered yoga schools.

  • At $400 per school, Yoga Alliance has charged teacher trainers $3,099,200 for paper processing.
  • At $240 per year, Yoga Alliance receives $1,859,520 annually from teacher trainers.

Yoga Alliance has 86,928 registered yoga teachers.

  • Yoga Alliance charges teachers $50 in application fees and $50 in “upgrade” fees. Therefore, many teachers will have paid more than $50 in paper processing fees over their lifetime. But at only one charge of $50 each, that’s $4,346,400 paid by teachers for paper processing.
  • Yoga Alliance charges teachers $65 annual dues resulting in an additinal $5,650,320 in annual revenue from teachers.

Yoga Alliance has received $7,445,600 in application fees and charges teachers and trainers $7,509,840 every year. This does not includeany other ways the organization may make money off its list of teachers and trainers.

The following screenshots are from the Yoga Alliance web site search results for registered yoga schools and teachers, September 27th, 2019.

Basic Facts

  1. Yoga Alliance does not certify yoga teachers nor does it provide accreditation of trainers or training schools. Yoga Alliance does not assess or certify teaching competency. It provides a registry, which is a list.
  2. Neither teachers nor trainers are required to be registered with Yoga Alliance or any other organization.
  3. Teaching and studio insurance may be obtained without Yoga Alliance (or any other) registration.

Registration is Not Accreditation or Certification

Definitions

  • Accreditation = the action of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity, or the acknowledgement of a  person’s responsibility for or achievement of something
  • Certified = officially recognized as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards
  • Registered = entered or recorded on an official list or directory

Yoga Alliance is a Registry

Yoga Alliance does not certify yoga teachers nor does it provide accreditation of trainers or training schools.

The YA registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. – J. Brown

  • Yoga Alliance is a registration service.
  • A registration is an “official list or directory.” Registration does not mean “approved,” “certified” or “accredited.”
  • In the case of RYS (registered yoga school), a trainer completes an application and submits a fee. If the application is accepted, the trainer may use a YA logo, receive group discounts on some purchases, and access video workshops.
  • Trainers are required to pay $240 annually and re-apply every three years.

Problem

  1. Yoga Alliance has come to be known in the public eye as a standard bearer for yoga teachers in the United States – in effect, a stamp of legitimacy.
  2. However, from 1999 to 2019, Yoga Alliance registered teachers without actually requiring knowledge or competency standards.
  3. The new standards announced to take effect February 2020 will not be measured or enforced by Yoga Alliance. Rather, Yoga Alliance charges trainers with responsibility for teacher competency while offering little in the way of resources or support to do so. Instead, they require a burdensome application process with demanding documentation requirements, fees and processing time.

Outcomes

  1. It’s a verifiable fact that being on the Yoga Alliance registry has no relationship to teaching competency. Any value provided by the list must therefore be in perceived legitimacy and market value. We must presume that legitimacy and market value is based on a misperception that Yoga Alliance “certifies” teachers and that Yoga Alliance recognition has some relationship to teaching competency or professionalism.
  2. The Yoga Alliance registry categorizes all teachers by a few “levels” based entirely on hours accounted through Yoga Alliance bureaucracy. This hours-based model is a shameful misrepresentation of actual teaching competency which is unrelated to the bureaucratic requirements. As such, teachers with few skills are represented in the Yoga Alliance registry as being on par with far more capable, even elite, teachers.
  3. The knowledge of highly qualified teachers is unrecognized within the Yoga Alliance system. These teachers are instead burdened with an hours-based bureaucracy that depletes their time and finances that presumably could be used in legitimate pursuits of study and teaching.
  4. Teachers and continuing ed providers who have received such “credentials” as RYT and E-RYT have been less impacted by the Yoga Alliance burdens than those who apply to be on the trainer registry (RYS) which incurs much greater fees and paperwork requirements.

Moving Forward: Your Options

  1. Consider whether you wish to perpetuate the false narrative that Yoga Alliance registry is in any way related to competency or legitimacy. In other words, every time an organization states that they or their teachers are “certified by,” “accredited with” or “approved by” Yoga Alliance, they are perpetuating a myth.
  2. Be aware that you are not required to register with Yoga Alliance and that you have alternatives.

Alternatives to Yoga Alliance registration include:

  1. Participate in existing certification programs such as Iyengar, Ashtanga or International Association of Yoga Therapists.
  2. Highlight your roots and education such as the Krishnamacharya lineage, Kripalu or Para Yoga-trained and so on.
  3. Create your own certification process. In other words, if you teach ABC Method, you can certify that your teachers are qualified to teach the ABC Method.
  4. Develop or choose alternative registration services.
  5. A volunteer board is discussing ideas for moving forward. If you would like to participate, please email Coleman.
  6. Due to the advisement and request of trainers, Yoga Teacher Central will launch an accreditation service  on Nov 1st as one option for trainers to choose from.

For more information on Yoga Alliance alternatives, see:

Registration, Certification, Accreditation: Why You Don’t Need to Pay the Yoga Alliance Fees

Source – BYTA FB Group

Malcolm X Park x Bali Daisha

Washington DC … my friend Daisha made note that I’m in Dc quite often these days. It’s a nice in between place before getting to New York! In about a week Daisha will be flying off to Bali for a 6 month yoga teacher training. Im excited for her to start a brand new adventure. Traveling let’s us see life from a different space. We had to link up once more before she goes and it happened to be a drum circle popping off at Malcolm X park. The energy was high and the circle instantly brought back memories of Central Park drum circles I would go to years ago.

It was great to seeing those I rock with the most as usual! It took us 5 minutes to setup the camera for these lil shots so appreciate it! The people walking up the steps watched us fumbling around with iPhone cameras and negro rigged tripods had a laugh. We made plans to link up on that side of the world once our planets align!

The Mystical Breath

The Spiritual Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Volume VII – In an Eastern Rose Garden

THE MYSTERY OF BREATH

To a mystic the subject of breath is the deepest of all the subjects with which mysticism or philosophy is concerned, because breath is the most important thing in life. The very life of man is breath. He lives in the presence of breath, and in the absence of breath man is called a corpse. After death the organs of the body are just the same as before; the only thing that is lacking is breath.

Breath is that within ourselves which keeps all the parts of the body in connection with one another, working together, depending upon one another; it is that which enables man to move, to put his muscles into action, to keep the whole mechanism of the body at work. There is no other force or power concerned with all this than the power of breath.

Mystics know that it is regularity of breath that brings good health; that irregularity of breath is the cause of all illness. Many teachers and students of physical culture know that it is not the exercises and practices of this culture that cause the muscles to develop, that impart strength and vigor to the body. They know, as did the ancient mystics in India, that it is a matter of the breath. To practice for one moment with the help of the breath will do more than a whole day’s exercises carried on without considering the help of the breath. In the latter case the muscles cannot be developed, whereas in the former case the physical body is easily developed with little physical practice. That this is true, is easily shown by looking at the porters at railway-stations in India. If physical labor were the only thing needed to develop muscles, would they not all be veritable Sandows?1

In India we can study particularly well how men work with heavy things. Sometimes a man will carry on his shoulder a burden that it would ordinarily be impossible for a man of his physique to carry. Yet such a man cannot only lift it, but he will walk with it. And when one watches him one will find that the secret lies in his way of breathing. If he did not breathe correctly he could not possibly carry such a weight over the shortest distance. There was in India a man called Rama Muti. He could lift elephants and stop motorcars running at speed. When this man, who was not extraordinary in build, was asked where he got his gigantic strength, for he looked like an ordinary human being, not like a monster, he said, ‘You know, and yet you do not know. The secret lies in the breath, which is all power.’

Read the full article on https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_13.htm

Book Select – How to Change Your Mind

I’ve been meaning to post this book after hearing about it on a podcast with Joe. I noticed the person next to me on the plane was reading it. He thought it would an interesting read being he just made it back from Japan after serving 9 months in jail for LSD. More coincidences like this are more confirmation that I should be starting this podcast ASAP. Everyone has an experience to tell.

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. 

Available on Amazon

Giant Golden Buddha

I’ve been thinking and getting more encouragement to begin sharing some of the good stories I have in the book of life. Many of them experiences everyone can relate to and some not so relatable one of a kind. I think I will be doing a podcast “Introducing the Cube” and I want to start the first episode talking about that one time my friend Jenny surprised me by bringing me inside a temple in China town that I’ve walked past every day after eating a handful of mushrooms. I like the way the audio sounds on iPhone so I may wing it from the good ol X for now but either way be on the look out for the cubes.

The Crystal Mountain

The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)

The Crystal Mountain (28° 26′ E and 27° 39′ N) between the oasis Bahariya and Farafra, northern of the White Desert, Egypt.

The Crystals are probably Barite (Schwerspat, BaSO4) and/or Calcite crystals (CaCO3). The hill was opened during works at the road from Farafra to Bahariya by accident and destroyed in part.

The hill is not a paleokarst cave with columnar-shaped stalagmites. It is a subvolcanic vault, which was emerged probably during the Oligocene age. The visible layers are e.g. White Desert limestone of the Khoman Fm.* (Late Cretaceous age), as well as a younger coal seam and hydrothermal impregnated reddish to brownish ferruginous layers. The strata are broken or brecciated and intensely with each other folded.

It is to be ascertained intense heat. The coal seam e.g. was transformed to anthracite. The crystals have increased out of climbed hydrovolcanic solutions. The hot solutions were high concentrated with BaSO and/or CaCao, which had been solved from the sediments. The solutions have penetrated into all cavities. After cooling of the solutions the crystals could increase. It were formed columns or round domes with crystals within.

The Barite veins are widely distributed to the south of Gebel El Hafhuf which is composed of a rock sequence including sandstone, shale, limestone, phosphatic limestone and phosphatic calcareous sandstone. This succession is capped by the Oligo-Miocene basaltic sheet which takes the form of open circle of about 20 m thickness.

The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)Read more at Geologyin

Moments of Synchronicity

Feel where you would like to be mentally then you may arrive physically. The universe has a sense of humor that I can’t seem to one up. Long story short, 3 things I never do led to this moment of peace.

  1. Randomly add someone from fb,

2. Volunteer to meet the person I just added &

3. Shoot that person for free.sr-2

Following intuition can be far from what you would normally do but if you listen it can lead you to where you didn’t see or feel yourself arriving. When I saw Shante make an update about being in Atlanta on a cross country journey something told me to leave a comment/invitation for a photo shoot. Due to the weather being rainy for the next couple days we decided to meet same day.  We coordinated in little five points and the adventure began! The first stop was the crystal shop that I always see and never go in then we made our way back to the park for a impromptu photo session.  Along the way Shante’s son displayed his directing skills. From organizing random crowds of people to the casual dog walker. Everyone seemed to comply effortlessly. sr-4sr-3 sr-5 sr-6 sr-7
It was definitely an expected/unexpected connection! We spoke about a wide array of topics like her plan to relocate somewhere amazing,  plans for the future, entheogen experiences and getting a camera for her son!   After Shante’s son proved he was good via Iphone photos I handed him my camera and let him take a quick shot of his mother and the one below is what he captured. Could be my favorite shot! video coming soon possibly, I feel like I may need to save that footage for when we record more! EyeBeenHer documentary coming soon? who knowwws….

The suns perspective of mother
The suns perspective of mother

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Be Metaphysical: Reason to Exist

Yoga, meditation, Orbs of light, visions, ringing of the ears, endless dreams, crystal grids, astral projection, entheogenic journeys …. The list goes on.

Sometimes I wonder if everyone is experiencing these unexplainable happenings but its seems like a small handful.  All of these perspectives/experiences can be a bit overwhelming to comprehend while still seeming normal and maintaining day to day life. Finding the 2% of people that can relate to your experiences is a journey. It would be helpful if more people on social media would share these experience but for the most part the yogis/ppl I follow are 49% namaste 50% vegan cheese & 1% sharing their personal experiences of the less physical or unexplainable. Hollywood even decided to cash in on the metaphysical aspects of existence and whipped up Dr Strange to wet the imagination of weekend meditators.  Either way, how do you find balance between the known, the unknown, Inner and outer world etc

There are times where a night of sleep is welcomed over what feels like endless lucid dreaming. I’ve had enough unexplainable experiences to appreciate the simple parts of life like swimming and simply reading a book. When I tap into realms of the mind and often go into meditative practices daily it feels like I have to do things to stay grounded in this reality like eat a heavy meal or engage in a physically demanding activity.  What is it all for? sometimes that thought leads me to a simple idea, everyone is on this planet and eventually we leave. I think experience of all forms, places, people, dimensions is the essence and or “reason” of existence. Why would you need a reason to exist?  Some things just are.  Share your experience!