This article. I think it is well thought out but the title is somewhat bothersome. Overall my opinion is that someone who did a 200 hour training should not diminish what others are doing just because they have grown and moved on. Yes she moved on to connect with the right teacher and style for her, but the article suggests that 200 hour trainings try to fool trainees into thinking they are something they are not. You know what you learn in 200 hour teacher trainings? You learn 200 hours of whatever they are teaching. You get a little history, a little philosophy, and little alignment and if you as a trainee stop there and never attend another workshop or training, that is all you will know. I always strongly encourage trainees to go to as many as they can. The 200 hour is and should be the beginning, not the end all be all. People come to their first training with a desire to learn, grow, and give back. I would assume this training or practice won’t serve them their whole lives and they will also move on.
I did. I did a 300 after my 200, attended other specific trainings, countless workshops, and I did change my practice from a style to a lineage. And I understand the difference. I also feel that constant study and focus on your practice should be the priority. And I always choose the BEST teachers to learn from. Locally I do not have the opportunity to work daily with an authorized Ashtanga teacher, so I go and learn from the Iyengar peeps. The people I know who are doing teacher trainings are also passionate about giving worthwhile training. I have never met a trainee who talked about money to be made or being a famous teacher. My experience is they are anxious to learn and are always surprised at how little they DID know and then even more anxious to learn more.
Most important, they want to help people. Because they have been helped or healed.
Many have gone on to additional trainings and studies and they get better as teachers. I would assume those who don’t are stagnant or maybe did not really want to teach but just wanted to understand more beyond what they are taught in a yoga class.
Sometimes it is easy to stand on the pedestal of an long standing practice and to be in the place that finally feels RIGHT to you and look at those who are not where you are NOW and as I said diminish what they are doing. For all teachers, style or lineage not withstanding, our job is to be compassionate, teach what we know (it may be very little), and know that growth comes at different rates for all of us and to work in a way as teachers that allows growth for EVERYONE.