Brian Castellani
Since the beginning of Yoganomics, I have been in the center of social media for yoga and many of my own interests. In 2009, I was one of the few yogis who successfully advocated for yoga teachers concerning the most important aspect of teaching yoga: Yoga Education. Along with the help of a small handful of other non-corporate yoga teachers from NY, TX, WA, LA, and CA, we successfully challenged the way American yoga teachers qualify, quantify and teach yoga - (specifically regarding the credentialing of yoga teachers & Yoga Alliance). Most, if not all, of the changes people saw in 2013 are directly due to our diligence. Even though the questions we raised are still mostly unanswered in today's yoga atmosphere -- we brought the issues considered to be the most important and valid issues facing yoga today -- to the forefront of both the American and the international yoga community. Personally, I feel yoga teachers are too economically invested in the current system of generality to be specific. Anyone who teaches yoga knows that nothing about yoga forces us to fit inside a commercial definition of homogenized yoga - It is essential that yoga teachers understand that if they specifically choose to hide behind the confines of a topical credentialing process such as Yoga Alliance, they are doing a disservice, to not only their practice, but to other teachers in the yoga industry. I hope the discounts are worth the actual cost. If you are unsure of what that means -- it is directed at the current trajectory that yoga is on - where those who claim to be shaping "yoga education," have actually - in fact - kept yoga stagnate for almost twenty consecutive years. Stay engaged, look past the veil of marketing and see reality as it is. There is nothing spiritual about general, non-specific answers that mean absolutely nothing.