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Reciprocity & WYSIWYG

My world and my life are about Reciprocity & WYSIWYG.

I am not a hypothetical participator.

I don’t subscribe to a Kumbaya reality.

If you argue your justifications, sure enough – they’re your justifications.

Awareness happens when you see the whole picture, not just the compartmentalized “segment” of the whole.

Stand up for people, and if you say “Be The Change” then you better be who you hope you claim you are.

The only thing that matters is the series of momentary choices that determine who we are as people, today, in this world, and possibly who we become tomorrow.

The real question isn’t “can we tolerate each other?”

The more poignant question to ask is whether if “will we tolerate each other?”

Oftentimes, there is too much connected to peoples agendas and too much one-sided assertiveness.  You can’t hear if you’re talking.  You aren’t inclined to understand if you’re always being clever or snide. Insulting everyone doesn’t make you smarter. Hiding your true motives doesn’t make you any better than the people on the other side, or the institutions you criticize.

You are better than you attempt to be.  Sit down, shut up and listen to the things happening around you. If you can’t then you might be too self-absorbed for your own cause.

People can change over the span of a decade, but is it enough? The last ten years, I care less about the material definitions than I do about the quality of my interactions. The purpose of each of the websites that I create is to advocate and tell the story of people all over the world – to help them to affordably market themselves and then distribute information all over the web and to engage other independent thinking people.

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This Journey has enriched and brought so many people into my life, and also isolated me from a lot of things.  I love all of it.  I love being a recluse and I love being around people, but I also like having the ability to leave.

It has been a tremendously rewarding experience.

I am alive, first, because I am sober.  Second, because of dying when I was 19, third, for my perseverance with investigating Yoga Alliance, and, fourth, because of Yoganomics, as a small business owner.

All of these events enabled me to not fear reality, people and I embrace change as the natural aspect of living.

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I am also one of the few people who helped bring awareness into the credentialing of yoga teachers and yoga education.

In less than a year, we accomplished more than any of the yoga nonprofits or yoga corporations ever expected.

We did it through word of mouth, from teacher to student, from Facebook to many people, through town meetings and ultimately – through genuine unity – without help from any of the corporate yoga entities.

Yoga Corporations could not afford the negativity against their paid advertisers, nor the cost of putting a name to the issues of yoga credentialing, so they did nothing.

As yoga teachers, retreats and studios – we took a chance – and together, we proved to ourselves that as a unified yoga consciousness that there was nothing we could not accomplish.

I am not a weekend warrior, I didn’t stop and wonder if I should consider the ramifications of stepping up to the plate before being vocal about it. I am not a theoretical participator in discussions.

I know what I think… and I committed to doing something.

In the fiscal year of 2009, Yoga Alliance acknowledged paying $336,325.00 for “alleged” website work from two very questionable – almost non-existent website companies.

So, rather than returning calls, or informing their concerned customers, or explaining on the homepage of the Yoga Alliance website, or even attempting to help yoga teachers in the states of Virginia or New York pay for any legal defense regarding yoga regulation that they themselves created – they opted to remain silent… and then fired everyone that worked for them without explanation or regard for their well-being (without severance)…

Which actually is completely opposite to what their mission claims:

Yoga Alliance® is the national education and support organization for Yoga in the United States.

I view Yoga Alliance’s actions to be not only counter-productive to the entire industry of yoga, but also a clear and obvious “omission of truth” signifying their implicit guilt.

Later, in 2010, in a very sugary, mostly apologetic, mostly entitled admission of “non-guilt,” Yoga Alliance President John Matthews acquiesced by allocating Yoga Alliance’s $20.000.00 support to yogis in the State of Texas.

Texas Yogis received much needed financial help to defend themselves against yoga regulation.

Then – quite abruptly – John Mathews resigned from his position as Yoga Alliance president – ironically, coinciding exactly at the time I broke the story about their tax records and it was obvious that spending $336,325.00 for “website work,” which was actually a lie.

My comment on Yoga Alliance is the same as it has always been.

ONE: The Non-Profit Board of Yoga Alliance are not fit to lead an organization where they will mislead their customers and should all resign immediately.

TWO: Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Credentialing (YA200 & YA500) is an assumed legitimacy, which only means the subscriber filled out paperwork… but is in large completely unenforceable, even after the formation of YA+.

This Journey has enriched and brought so many people into my life, and also isolated me from a lot of things.  I love all of it.  I love being a recluse and I love being around people, but I also like having the ability to leave.

It has been a tremendously rewarding experience.

I am alive, first, because I am sober.  Second, because of the ordeal I went through with Yoga Alliance, and, third, because of Yoganomics, as a small business owner.

All three of these events enable me to not fear reality, people and I embrace change as the natural aspect of living.

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