Alumni Affiliate Program Announcement
Letter from Sarahjoy: Yoga Teacher Training School & the Alumni Affiliate Program
March 15, 2020
Our training school is dedicated to the education and advancement of Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists to become recognized professionals in the fields of yoga, mindfulness, therapeutic yoga, health education (based on yoga and Ayurveda), and yoga therapy (individualized yoga informed by interpersonal neurobiology).
We have a vision for yoga. It's transformed our lives. It's transformed your lives.
With this transformation we also find ourselves called to serve, to give back. Many of our graduates from 200 + 300 hr yoga teacher trainings are touching the lives of individuals and communities that would otherwise not have access to yoga. We offer our 200hr yoga teacher training course in Oregon's prisons where longterm residents inside the prison are becoming yoga leaders in their inside communities.
As much as we are passionate about this, the consumer culture of yoga is as passionate about making yoga a commodity. A product, not a practice.
Now is the time to act.
To educate heath care professionals, educational professionals, mental health professionals, and the citizens of our communities:
Join us as we lay the pathway forward.
The fields of chiropractic medicine, functional nutrition, Chinese medicine, Reiki, Life Coaching, Aromatherapy (and more) have been able to establish themselves as recognized fields, both licensed and unlicensed.
While the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists continue to create high level standards for yoga training and to oversee the accredited schools that provide this education, it is up to us to "speed up" the education of the Pacific NW as to Yoga's place in the healthcare landscape.
YA and IAYT are diligent, dedicated organizations with staff and board members who are continually doing their best to steward the organizations and the field of yoga.
But, commercialism will always be well ahead of due diligence.
Our yoga "marketplace" continues to be flooded by opportunism and cultural appropriation wherein a thousands years tradition of healing gets selectively whittled down into downward facing dog or tree poses.
This is why we are creating a Yoga Training Institute (school name still to come)
The essential building blocks for this pathway include:
With this in mind the Alumni Affiliate Model is one of our best pathways forward:
Let's do this together (cuz doing it one-by-one is much harder and less effective!).
Yours in yoga + service,