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Our Thoughts on 'dem New Yoga Alliance Standards

Teacher training programs are often an important part of a yoga business’s revenue stream...so y’all heard that the Yoga Alliance recently released new standards, right? If re-submitting your TT curriculum sounds like a nightmare, don’t panic—at least, that’s the (sage) advice of Rachel Scott, YAMA Talent’s brilliant instructional designer. Rachel has created thousands of hours of education, and supports yogis worldwide to create superior teacher trainings and online offerings. Read her thoughts on what you need to know about the new YA standards here and listen to our convo about it here!

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Year End Review 2019

Usually things aren’t as good, or as bad as we think.  Better to know the truth when it comes to small business because most of us aren’t operating with a lot of back up resources when things go awry. Year End Review… At the end of the year, after the cookies are all gone, or I’ve hidden them out of sight because I cannot look at them any longer, and the annual January Cleanse begins, I spend the free time I get back from not having any holiday parties to go to, or holiday errands to run, to conduct an annual Year End Review. As an entrepreneur with daily duties, urgent issues to tend to, team management, client maintenance and...

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the edu-tainer spectrum | free cookies | what u give & what u sell

Just back from La La Land Yogis, Where I was doing copious amounts of yoga, eating copious amounts of Mexican food (much of it vegan #debatable), being amazed at how many copious things are now legally available in CA; taking many meetings (we're fundraising), developing staff (we're growing) and meditating while watching the ocean. 10 years ago when I had the idea to start YAMA I was living in LA and surrounded by friends who were in the entertainment business: actors/directors/producers & I was also surrounded by some of the finest yoga educators on earth. It was always clear to me that in the entertainment world there were artists you watched do things and artists you learned how to do...

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beware of slow moving vehicles | 08.08.08 - 08.08.18 | the way things were

8.8.18 On my most recent trip to NYC the past & the present were overwhelmingly apparent. Today, 8.8.18, commemorates the 10 year anniversary of me leaving the nest of my life in Los Angeles, to explore myself, my own potential and to be lost & found in NYC.  I remember telling myself that first winter, “if I can just make it through this first year...” Every street, every stoop, every yoga studio it seems held a memory;  some moment, some person, some learning, some love, some scar. I checked out a few of my favorite old haunts, many of which are gone now, or, past their prime.  I walk past buildings and know “what they used to be back when.”  It’s confrontational to...

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Radical Futures Project

Dear Yogis, I am honored to be speaking  in a few weeks at The Excel Academy at NYU / Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School “Radical Futures Project.” Radical is defined as departure from tradition, innovative, progressive. The project asks for a diverse range of professionals, artists and community members, who are creating liberatory change within their fields, to expose and connect youth to various experiences and professions; we capture the inspiring, diverse and evolving narratives of people carving out possibility for life, healing and advancement and thus, radically imagining the future. The students are high school age and from the South Bronx.  Most will be first in their families to attend college (as was I), and all are currently visioning for their...

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