Recently, I have noticed quite a few publications from schools, studios and organisations stating that their Yoga Alliance certificates are globally recognised.
Is this true? In most cases no.
Everyone is aware Yoga is a union or connection something that should unite yogis around the world including Yoga Alliances. However this unfortunately is not the case, most alliances around the world do not accept, or collaborate with other alliances as they strongly believe their own standards are the best with the highest credentials.
Very few Yoga organisations recognise others in the same light, for example the International Yoga Federation (source; http://www.internationalyogafederation.net) recognises literally hunderds of other yoga bodies around the world, which shows some are united whilst others dont want to share the idea yoga can unite, for example Yoga Alliance USA (source; https://www.yogaalliance.org/Learn/Article_Archive/Not_All_YAs_Are_The_Same) does not recognise other yoga bodies.
Yoga Certification Recognition - Verification
If you are a studio, school or an organisation that offers internationally accepted certification and accreditation then check to ensure this is factual, many are stating that their particular certificate is recognised by all organisations around the world, this is false in most cases.
Fine Line Between, Profit, Greed and Professionalism
After reviewing a famous yoga school in India, I noticed they were stating something that was completely untrue and innaccurate, have a look at the extract below:
Will I be qualified to teach in the UK or Australia?
Yes! The Yoga Alliance USA is recognized all over the world. Note however that registering as a member with Yoga Alliance USA does not register you as a member of Yoga Alliance UK/AU.
It is interesting to see that this school clearly states that a Yoga Alliance USA certificate is valid around the world, now ask Yoga Alliance Professionals UK or any other Yoga Alliance around the world, Australia, New Zealand, India, Spain, Germany....you see where I am going.
In the UK for example there are few recognised organisations with the main ones being, Yoga Alliance Professionals, British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Scotland and the Independant Yoga Network.
As a freelance yogi, I would strongly suggest to any studio, school and organisation that issues yoga certifications to ensure they issuing factual information for their businesses.
Students and teachers should carry out due diligence and ensure that the course certificate is a recognised certificate, following a global syllabus, check with the International Yoga Federation for a variety of standards (source: http://www.internationalyogafederation.net/standards.htm) and ensure you also check the QCI certification process as they are the only governing body in Yoga (source: http://yogacertification.qci.org.in/syllabus.php).
I personally believe all yoga organisations should be united under the same guidelines to give fellow yogis confidence that they are acknowledged where ever they are in the world without any injustice, selfishness or discrimination.
If you want to discuss this further outside of this forum, contact me personally at email@example.com Namaste