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ecofreak2010-07-04 10:13:20 +0000 #1
My son wants to learn to be a yoga instructor. I am willing to pay for his instruction but I want to make sure I'm getting my money's worth.

My questions: The school he has chosen says their course in "balance" yoga meets the 200 hour requirements of the Yoga Alliance. Is this a legitimate statement? Is the Yoga Alliance the standard in certification, etc? Could someone give me some guidance here?

Forgive me if I am posting in the wrong spot or the question is too elementary.

InnerAthlete2010-07-04 10:18:42 +0000 #2
Without advocating or condemning the particular school you're asking about let me share the following:

The legitimacy of the statement (as that is your question) can be verified on the Yoga Alliance web site. If they are a registered school then the statement is accurate.

But that is only the topsoil of the issue. Currently the standards for yoga teachers are incredible lacking. Yoga Alliance is tightening the standards but even a good yank on the belt of those standards would not put yoga teacher requirements in a solid position. We've got a long way to go.

That having been said, the yoga alliance is the best we've got right now, though they do not "certify" anything but rather hold standards for their registrants. So that does mean something. However if you are looking to place your son in position to be good at his craft, if you are looking to maximize his time in training AND your investment in it, then please look at the curriculum of the training above and beyond the YA registration. There are hundreds of Yoga Alliance registered schools. Some are very sound. Others are not.



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