Home

Registration, Certification, Accreditation: Why You Don’t Need to Pay the Yoga Alliance Fees

Please Note: This is part of a series of related topics. Use the quick menu above to navigate within this section.

Introduction

This resource section offers factual, verifiable information on Yoga Alliance registry and alternatives. Related resources include:


Audio Introduction

In case you’d like to hear a voice rather than just read more words, here’s an audio update recorded on September 25th, 2019. 🙂

Yoga Alliance Alternatives – Conversation Status

 


In a Nutshell

Basic Facts

  1. Yoga Alliance does not certify yoga teachers nor does it provide accreditation of trainers or training schools. Yoga Alliance does not propose, assess, certify or enforce teaching competency. It provides a registry, which is a list.
  2. Neither teachers nor trainers are required to be registered with Yoga Alliance or any other organization.
  3. Teaching and studio insurance may be obtained without Yoga Alliance (or any other) registration.
  4. Many widely recognized and influential teachers (and less well known teachers as well) are NOT registered with YA.

Widespread Misperception

  1. A common misperception is that Yoga Alliance “certifies” teachers and/or that YA recognition has some relationship to teaching competency, professionalism or legitimacy.
  2. There is an implication that newly trained teachers who have completed a training with an RYS have achieved a particular standard level of competency.  We might presume that there are expectations, for example, that the trainee has a proven ability to sequence effectively and promote student safety; to understand scope of practice and when to refer out; to be skilled in biomechanics and the physiology of stretching. However, no such standards are required or verified by Yoga Alliance.
  3. Teachers who have applied for YA registration at RYT levels tend to be unaware of the misperceptions, issues and burdens  associated with the trainer registry (RYS). They also tend to fall prey to the myth that having attended an RYS means having attended a training that meets particular standards.

Bureaucracy vs. Standards

  1. Yoga Alliance recognizes teachers and trainers based on two things: an online form and fee payment. In return, teachers and trainers are given “credentials” (technically “registry marks”).
  2. This does not change in 2020. See details: Who is Responsible for Yoga Teaching Competency?
  3. As of February 2020, Yoga Alliance will require trainers to submit additional documentation that attests to the fact that they, the trainers, will be assessing competency (of unspecified standards) in over 50 topics. But it offers insignificant resources to support trainers to do so.
  4. Instead, it requires a burdensome application process with demanding documentation requirements, fees and processing time. Stunningly, the new requirements even demand submission of the trainer’s copyrighted syllabus and training curriculum as well as their branded manual.

Self-Governance & Industrywide Competency

  • See considerations below.

Moving Forward: Your Options

  1. Consider whether or not you wish to perpetuate the false narrative that Yoga Alliance registry is in any way related to competency or legitimacy. In other words, every time an organization states that they or their teachers are “certified by,” “accredited with” or “approved by” Yoga Alliance, they are perpetuating a myth.
  2. Be aware that you are not required to register with Yoga Alliance and that you have alternatives.
  3. If your objective in registering with Yoga Alliance has been to “legitimize” you or your organization, you can “legitimize” yourself without a third-party organization simply by promoting your particular background and skills. If you’re a trainer, you can offer verification of your trainees through certification, registration or other recognition. If there are third-party organizations that offer services you resonate with, you can choose to participate in their systems of recognition.

The points summarized above are expanded upon below.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Am I required to register with Yoga Alliance?

No.

Q:  Should I register with Yoga Alliance?

It’s your choice.

Q:  I heard that I had to be registered with YA to get insurance. Isn’t that right?

YA registration is not required to get teaching insurance. See a list of insurance providers here.

Q: I applied to work for a studio that requires YA registration as a condition for hire. What can I do?

You can, of course, choose to register with Yoga Alliance. Whether or not you register, you may wish to show the information on this page to the hiring manager, highlighting the information you find most relevant.

Q:   Yoga Allience is not perfect, but they serve an important purpose. Yoga is not regulated in the US. If it were to become regulated like massage and acupuncture, you would see a huge increase in fees. YA is an entity that shows that instructors have a standard of training to protect their students. If it weren’t for them, yoga would already be regulated by the government which would increase fees and barriers to entry.

That’s what the uninformed would think and be led to believe, but unfortunately it’s wrong. Yoga Alliance actually DOES NOT fulfill the “important purpose” of providing a “standard of training to protect students.”

Presumably, close to 100% of teachers and trainers would agree with you that no occupational field wants to be government-regulated. People in a field want to self-regulate. Nonprofits are usually created to help with this.

Yoga’s attempt to self-regulate has at least two problems: 1) the misperception that it’s being taken care of by Yoga Alliance, and 2) the “200-hour” model popularized by Yoga Alliance has resulted in a glut of unprepared teachers.

YA does not help yoga teachers and trainers to self-regulate because it does not propose, measure or enforce standards (and this won’t change with their new requirements in 2020).

Regulation as a general concept refers to structure put in place to attempt to prevent people from holding a title without proving a predetermined level of skill and precaution. From a legal perspective, regulated occupations refer to those controlled by a governmental regulatory body. Professions such as nursing and skilled trades such as plumbing are examples of regulated industries in some nations. To use such a reserved occupation title, law requires a certificate, license, or registration obtained from a body overseen by the government. (See also: The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials)

People within an occupation may desire to voluntarily “self-regulate.” The intention may be to ensure a basic standard of competency or it may be to validate a greater than average competency or specialized skill. Such self-regulation often takes the form of nonprofit organizations that represent a small or a large portion of those in a particular occupation. These organizations may register, accredit or certify individuals according to whatever criteria they determine.

Typically, within an industry there are multiple such organizations. For example, U.S. universities and colleges may be accredited by regional organizations or national ones and they may be institutionally and programmatically accredited by various organizations.

Q: How can we keep yoga safe and also allow freedom?

That is arguably the fundamental challenge that we as a yoga collective are facing. Volunteers have formed a 35-member board to discuss this and other topics. (See more below.)

Everyone can choose their own approach to this subject. Yoga Teacher Central takes the position that:

  • The only wise and sustainable model for virtually anything is self-responsibility as opposed to policing by an outside authority.
  • Real and true improvement is more likely to be successful with support and empowerment as opposed to bureaucracy.
  • Thus, the facts highlighted here are not meant to imply advocacy for outside or industry-wide governance. Rather, this is an effort to share the fact that there is a widespread misperception that governance and standards-enforcement exists when it doesn’t. With our eyes open to the facts, we are better prepared to approach the subjects of standards and improving industry-wide teaching competency.

Q: Why are you whining about this? You don’t have to join.

Many teachers have used the fact that we have the freedom NOT to join Yoga Alliance as reason to stay out of the conversation of YA alternatives and competency standards in general. And staying out of the conversation remains an option.

However, this means a great number of people continue to be misinformed and the industry continues to live with a widespread misperception that there is standards enforcement when there is not.

There is also an opportunity to work with others to gain recognition of other options more closely aligned with true teaching and training competency.

Q: Why are you attacking Yoga Alliance?

I think a better question is why you perceive bringing facts to light as attacking.

Perhaps some people are curious why we are publishing so much information on this topic. That’s a good question. I (Shelly) am the founder and sole proprietor of Yoga Teacher Central. I personally haven’t been a member of Yoga Alliance since my first experience with them as a new teacher many years ago when I learned that they don’t oversee or enforce standards with the schools they “approve.” (They didn’t even have a way to take simple feedback!) Since then, I have found no reason for me or for Yoga Teacher Central as an organization to engage in any conversations about Yoga Alliance; it has been irrelevant to providing teaching and training resources. However, more and more trainers have shared information with me that I didn’t see published anywhere.

And then in 2019, as the changes to YA requirements were announced, I started being inundated with information and requests from trainers with far more problems than seemed to be understood by the field as whole. These resource pages are my effort to bring that information to light and to support those who are making efforts to evolve the field in a positive way.

Q: What is YA doing with all that money?

How YA uses the money it receives from teachers is a trainers is a point we can only speculate about. Yoga Alliance states that it is a “nonprofit association representing the yoga community” so it would be reasonable for registered teachers to ask for an accounting of the funds received. For some ballpark figures of costs to run the registry, see below.

Registration is Not Certification or Accreditation

Definitions

  • Accreditation = the action of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity, or the acknowledgement of a  person’s responsibility for or achievement of something
  • Certified = officially recognized as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards
  • Registered = entered or recorded on an official list or directory

Yoga Alliance is a Registry

Yoga Alliance does not certify yoga teachers nor does it provide accreditation of trainers or training schools. Yoga Alliance is a registration service.

  • A registration is an “official list or directory.” Registration does not mean “approved,” “certified” or “accredited.”
  • In the cases of both RYT (registered yoga teacher) and RYS (registered yoga school), acceptance is based on paperwork and fee submission only.
  • Registered teachers and trainers receive these benefits: use of a YA logo, group discounts on some purchases, and access to a listing of video workshops.
  • Trainers are charged an application fee of $400 plus $240 annually. (More information below.) To remain on the list, trainers must re-apply every three years.
There is No Accreditation for Yoga

No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga. Anyone who claims to be “approved,” “certified” or “licensed” by the YA is either grossly uninformed or disingenuous… In filling out the paperwork and paying the fees, yoga teachers and training programs purport to follow a vague set of curriculum guidelines … The registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community. Even if everyone is being true to their word, referring to the YA guidelines as “standards” is quite a stretch. – J. Brown

The following screenshots are from the Yoga Alliance web site, September, 2019.

YA is a Registry


 

RYT Requirements


RYS Requirements

Benefits

 


No Upcoming Workshops


Who is Responsible for Teaching Competency?

The level of competency that an individual achieves after a training is the responsibility of the trainee and the trainer.

  1. Yoga Alliance does not oversee competency nor does it provide meaningful resources to encourage greater competency. (This does not change with the new requirements scheduled to take effect February 2020.)
  2. If a trainee is held to any competency standards, they are upheld by the trainer and/or a certification process of which they may be a part of (such as Iyengar or Ashtanga).
  3. Anyone hiring teachers that presumes they can learn anything about a teacher’s competency based on whether or not the teacher is registered with Yoga Alliance is misinformed.

The points above are expanded on here: Who is Responsible for Teaching Competency?  There we go into the subject more deeply, organized as follows:

  1. YA does not assess or certify competency. That does not change in 2020.
  2. Many highly recognized, influential teachers are not registered with YA.
  3. YA is increasing bureaucratic burdens.
YA “Approved” Studio Churning Out Teachers So Poorly Prepared That the Studio Looks Elsewhere to Hire Teachers

A few months ago a student who had gone through my teacher training called me looking for advice for an upcoming teaching “audition.” She told me of a Craigslist ad that a local studio had posted looking for qualified teachers. You might wonder why I thought it was odd to learn about this ad. It’s because this studio offers their own 200, 300 and 500-hour training programs and regularly churns out teachers like gum balls out of a machine. The point? Their program is so bad that they won’t even hire their own trainees!

But the studio trainers are YA-accredited so they keep bringing in trainees who don’t know any better, taking their money and running trainings with sub-par curriculums.  This is a big and reputable studio – I kid you not. I’ve got lots of stories that would make you go… huh, really? – Teacher Trainer


Results & Implications

Widespread Misperceptions

It’s a verifiable fact that being on the Yoga Alliance registry has no relationship to teaching competency and that teacher and trainer insurance may be obtained without Yoga Alliance (or any other) registration. Many widely recognized and influential teachers (and less well known teachers as well) are NOT registered with YA.

However, misperceptions appear to be widespread:

  1. A common misperception is that Yoga Alliance “certifies” teachers and/or that YA recognition has some relationship to teaching competency, professionalism or legitimacy.
  2. There is an implication that newly trained teachers who have completed a 200-hour training with an RYS have achieved a particular standard level of competency, but that is incorrect.
  3. We can only hypothesize the assumptions that hiring managers are making when they are told that a teacher attended an RYS. We might presume that there are expectations, for example, that the trainee has a proven ability to sequence effectively and promote student safety; to understand scope of practice and when to refer out; to be skilled in biomechanics and the physiology of stretching. However, no such standards for an RYS exist.

The reasons for these misperception can only be speculated about and likely include:

  • Simple misunderstanding
  • Misinformation
  • Having participated in YA at a time when there were different intentions or efforts than there are now

More Implications

  1. Teachers who have applied for Yoga Alliance as an RYT tend to be unaware of the burdens and issues associated with the trainer registry (RYS). They also tend to fall prey to the myth that having attended an RYS means having attended a training that meets particular standards.
  2. The Yoga Alliance creation of “levels” (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, E-RYT-500) implies an effort by a standards body to equitably evaluate teachers when in fact “achievement” of these designations is entirely dependent upon self-based reporting of hours and the payment of fees.
  3. While teachers who pursue advanced learning deserve to promote what they have achieved, it is unclear how Yoga Alliance adds any value in that task. Rather than benefiting the teacher or the consumers, the levels perpetuate a myth that skills, knowledge and integrity can be identified via bureaucracy. There is no relationship to the Yoga Alliance levels and characteristics of highly capable teaching such as wisdom, integrity, experience, lineage and competency. This does not dishonor those who have, with integrity, pursued such designations. It simply notes that the fact that designations themselves do not add value in verifying the skill or other characteristics of teachers.
  4. Teachers with few skills are represented in the Yoga Alliance registry as being on par with far more capable, even elite, teachers.
  5. The knowledge of highly qualified teachers is unrecognized within the Yoga Alliance system. These teachers are instead burdened with an hours-based bureaucracy that depletes their time and finances that presumably could be used in legitimate pursuits of study and teaching.
Burdens Reducing Trainer Productivity

I’ve been teaching yoga since 1998 and training teachers since 2005. I’m finding that at best, YA has become a distraction to my training programs. The hours that I am spending figuring out how to shift my 200 hour curriculum — which was already above the YA “standards” — to fit their mold and then to enter my 300 hour curriculum into their system, which will be changing soon too, are hours that I should be teaching, training, and continuing my research and practice. – Teacher Trainer

Ethical & Other Considerations

After fifteen years of affiliation with Yoga Alliance, I have decided to revoke my registration. I will no longer be individually associated with Yoga Alliance as an RYT yoga instructor nor will I register any further yoga schools with Yoga Alliance. I will continue to teach workshops, immersions, retreats, and courses. They simply will not be associated with Yoga Alliance. I will also no longer call my immersions “Teacher Trainings.” There are several reasons for this decision. I encourage other yoga instructors to read this and consider the best way forward for themselves and for the practice of yoga. – Josh Schrei

Josh Schrei has written an excellent article. Please see the original post for much more. He makes and expands on these points:

  1. Yoga Alliance is based on a faulty premise, and this is hurting Yoga in a big way.
  2. Yoga Alliance standards were fabricated without any connection to how Yoga is traditionally taught, and this is culturally insensitive.
  3. Low Yoga Alliance standards encourage studios to churn out low quality trainings, and Yoga Alliance does nothing about it.
  4. The emphasis on the 200 hour YTT created by Yoga Alliance forwards a value system that runs directly contrary to the principles of Yoga.
  5. Yoga Alliance does not actually monitor and regulate the standards that it sets.
  6. It is difficult to reasonably conclude that Yoga Alliance exists for any other purpose than to make money.

Self-Governance & Teaching Standards

The apparent misperceptions described above prompt some considerations:

  • If you were previously under the impression that Yoga Alliance was a governance body or an enforcer of standards, you can consider the reality and draw conclusions from your personal perspective.
  • You might choose to help those who may be misinformed to know that Yoga Alliance is not a governance body and that there is no industry-wide standard-bearer for yoga.
  • You can consider your perspective on the subject of teaching standards and how those in the field might be most effective in improving industry-wide competency.

Everyone can choose their own approach to this subject. Yoga Teacher Central takes the position that:

  • The only wise and sustainable model for virtually anything is self-responsibility as opposed to policing by an outside authority.
  • Real and true improvement is more likely to be successful with support and empowerment as opposed to bureaucracy.
  • Thus, the facts highlighted here are not meant to imply advocacy for outside or industry-wide governance. Rather, this is an effort to share the fact that there is a widespread misperception that governance and standards-enforcement exists when it doesn’t. With our eyes open to the facts, we are better prepared to approach the subjects of standards and improving industry-wide teaching competency.

YA Receives, at Minimum, $7.5 Million in Annual Dues from Teachers & Trainers + Unusually High Application Fees

Unusually High Application Fee

To apply for YA registry, trainers are required to pay $640 and submit an extensive application. The fee includes an unusually high application fee.

  1. An application fee for an organization such as Yoga Alliance could reasonably be expected to be $50. The average application fee for U.S. colleges in 2015 was $44. The highest was $90, charged by Stanford University. (source)
  2. The Yoga Alliance application fee for trainers in 2019 was $400.
  3. Let’s not forget what an application fee is. It’s the fee we pay to ask to join something. The “service” we get in return is paper processing. The provider tells us we must formulate our request in a particular way and then charges us a non-refundable fee for the right to be considered. Consider, for example, the application fee that is charged for applying to rent a house. The home-owner uses the application fee to cover their time to check references and conduct a background check, for example. In the case of Yoga Alliance, presumably the fee covers the cost of the time of the person who reviews the required paperwork.
  4. Application fees are above and beyond participation fees — in this case a $240 annual fee for trainers to remain registered. In other words, trainers are initially charged $640, followed by $240 per year.

Teachers have shared stories with Yoga Teacher Central (supported by documentation) showing that Yoga Alliance has declined applications while keeping the $400 submitted by teachers.

Funds Received from Teachers & Trainers

Trainers

In September 2019, Yoga Alliance had 7,748 registered yoga schools.

  • At $400 per school, Yoga Alliance has charged teacher trainers $3,099,200 for paper processing.
  • At $240 per year, Yoga Alliance receives $1,859,520 annually from teacher trainers.
Teachers

Yoga Alliance has 86,928 registered yoga teachers.

  • Yoga Alliance charges teachers $50 in application fees and $50 in upgrade fees so many teachers will have paid more than $50 each in paper processing fees, but at only one charge of $50 each, that’s $4,346,400 for paper processing.
  • Yoga Alliance charges teachers $65 annual dues resulting in $5,650,320 in annual revenue from teachers.
Total

In fees alone, Yoga Alliance has received $7,445,600 in application fees and charges teachers and trainers $7,509,840 every year. This does not include fees from advertising or any other ways the organization may make money off its list of teachers and trainers.

How YA Spends the Money

The only way to answer the question of how this money is used is to ask Yoga Alliance to share that information. Otherwise, we are only speculating.

Meanwhile, we can consider a few general, ballpark figures to help get some perspective. I (Shelly) have worked at small, medium and large sized firms whose primary service was software and communications, and I’ve been running such an online business with specialized software since 2012, so I can provide a few general ballpark figures.

I don’t know if YA has office space, but no office space is needed which is helpful because that’s a big expense. In these types of operations, software development to create the business infrastructure is by far the greatest investment. The tech expenses are broken down into infrastructure development and maintenance:

  • Development of a very elite, ultra-expensive, custom site may run $30,000 to $50,000, so let’s say it could be as high as $100,000 although I don’t think I’ve heard of sites being that costly. That’s a one-time infrastructure investment.
  • Site hosting and maintenance may run perhaps $1,200 to $2,500 per year with periodic development expenses of another few thousand for the year. So let’s call it $50,000 annually in tech maintenance which would be quite high and sounds more like the costs you’d incur if you were actually upgrading, but let’s be generous.
  • At some point, a site will need a major upgrade and at a later point, a rebuild. When I used the YA “search teachers” function in October 2019, it was super weirdly slow. (I’m not being picky; truly, it was weirdly slow.) So the site has obviously not been upgraded in quite some time. If it were to be upgraded, it would cost another $10,000 to $30,000.
  • So we’re at $180,000 on the very high end for tech expenses. But let’s round up some more to $200k.

Beyond tech expenses, there are the typical expenses of marketing and salaries for administrative personnel.

  • Let’s say marketing is $5k per month. That would seem to be quite high, wouldn’t it? I don’t know, let’s be generous and put it at $8k, per month, or $96,000 per year, rounded up to $100k.
  • I don’t know how many employees there are or if they are full-time or part-time. If there were 3 full-time employees at a generous $100,000 per year that would be $300,000.

So at the very high end, we’ve got $200 + $100 + $300k for a grand total of $600,000. Maybe we could practically double that, rounding up to $1 million to run a fine registry.

Receiving payments online incurs a fee from the financial processor of around 3% so $7.5 million in fees would be $7,250,000 received.

$1 million is still less that 15% of the annual money received, plus YA has the pot of $7.5 million in application fees.

Calling those additional charges application fees implies the funds are used directly to process applications. I’ll have to think up a way to estimate the processing time before I can do that math for you.

Whether the rest of the money is used for advocacy, meeting with members, employee salaries, or any number of possible uses for funds, I would have no way of knowing. Registered members may wish to discuss their priorities for usage of the funds with YA.

The following screenshots are from the Yoga Alliance web site search results for registered yoga schools and teachers, September 27th, 2019.

Moving Forward: Your Options

In both my 200 and 300 hour trainings, and in a Level 1 Prenatal training, the course leaders expressed that they only register with YA for legitimacy with people doing online searches for programs to take. I’ll admit I liked taking part in programs that were YA-backed because it felt like a level of legitimacy and comfort to see they’ve got that stamp. However, being in the teaching field and paying for YA membership yearly, I now realize they offer me… nothing really? I’ve never gotten a client from being part of the YA community and none of my private clients have ever asked about my YA status, so I don’t plan to renew for the coming cycle. – Kala MacDonald, Yoga to Cope

Basic Considerations

  1. Consider if you wish to perpetuate the false narrative that Yoga Alliance registry is in any way related to competency or legitimacy. In other words, every time an organization states that they or their teachers are “certified by,” “accredited with” or “approved by” Yoga Alliance, they are perpetuating a myth.
  2. Be aware that you are free to register or not register with Yoga Alliance and that you have alternatives in how you “legitimize” yourself.

“Legitimizing” Yourself

If your objective in registering with Yoga Alliance has been to “legitimize” you or your organization, there are two primary ways to think about your choices. The first is what you can do on your own and the other is a choice to associate with third-party organizations.

  • First and foremost, you can “legitimize” yourself without a third-party organization simply by promoting your particular background and skills.
  • If you are a trainer, you can offer verification of your trainees through certification, registration or other recognition.
  • If there are third-party organizations that offer services you resonate with, you can choose to participate in their systems of recognition. See more below.

Alternatives to YA Registration

  1. Participate in existing certification programs such as Iyengar, Ashtanga or International Association of Yoga Therapists.
  2. Highlight your roots and education such as the Krishnamacharya lineage, Kripalu or Para Yoga-trained and so on.
  3. Create your own certification process. In other words, if you teach ABC Method, you can certify that your teachers are qualified to teach the ABC Method.
  4. Develop or choose alternative services.
J. Brown, April 2013

As it stands, training programs are already only being held to the standards they set for themselves. Unfortunately, those standards are too often being tainted by the enabling emphasis on hours and the lucrativeness of yoga teacher training. A sensible way forward might be to have a trade organization that promotes best practices by providing resources, education and incentives for registrants to conduct themselves with greater honesty and integrity. Sounds awful rosy, I know, but it’s not that crazy. Maybe we can stop kidding ourselves about hours and identify other ways to encourage more personal accountability. – J. Brown


Yoga Teacher Central

  1. Due to a request from our trainer members, Yoga Teacher Central will begin to publicly recognize (for no additional cost) trainers who have used our resources and support in developing their training programs.
  2. The Yoga Teacher Central “accreditation” will signify the trainer has utilized YTC resources and support, indicating that the trainer is showing good faith in meeting high standards of safety and quality and utilizing verifiably high-quality resources.
  3. In other words, Yoga Teacher Central continues to be an option as it has always been: a resource for teachers and trainers. The additional service to be added as of November 1st is public recognition of our members.
  4. Yoga Teacher Central recognition is just one of a multitude of options available to trainers. It is not intended as a replacement for Yoga Alliance or to provide governance of any sort. Back in 2013, J. Brown suggested that support by “a trade organization that promotes best practices by providing resources” could be “a sensible way forward.” Yoga Teacher Central is one such organization. Anyone else who offers teacher and trainer support can help the industry to continue to evolve in positive ways.

Volunteering & Being Heard

  • Within only a week of announcing the formation of an Alternatives to Yoga Alliance Board, 33 folks volunteered to come together to share information and propose considerations for teachers and trainers concerning Yoga Alliance registry and alternatives.
  • Many others have written in sharing gratitude, questions and stories.
  • I (Shelly) am serving to facilitate and scribe the process and invite you to write me with any thoughts. You do not need to be on the board to share your stories and perspectives.

More Info on the Board

The 33-member volunteer board is chaired by Coleman G. Howard and will hold discussions through November 30, 2019.

  • After November 30th, the board in its current form will be considered complete and dissolved.
  • Participants may of course continue discussions or meetings as they wish, and may formalize those later efforts with a name and mission, or may keep the contact informal, as desired.
  • Committees that have undertaken particular types of exploration may, for example, choose to carry on their efforts in various forms.

The board may evolve as its membership chooses but as of now is considering these actions.

  1. Share experiences and ideas. As desired, offer information to share publicly (here on this resource page and elsewhere).
  2. Create plans to more widely share facts and considerations regarding Yoga Alliance and alternatives.
  3. Offer ideas and verbiage that teachers and trainers can use to communicate and distinguish themselves and their value.
  4. Research and communicate how existing systems work such as The British Wheel of Yoga, Canadian Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia.
  5. Determine next steps for creating additional registration, certification or accreditation groups as desired.
  6. Create a summary statement of some form so that when the board concludes, participants will have communications they may share.

Sources & Resources

  1. Brown, J. (J. Brown Yoga) – Giving Yoga Alliance a Chance  link
  2. Brown, J. (YogaAnatomy.org) – Yoga Alliance Approved, My Ass  link
  3. Carlson, Karin (J. Brown Yoga Talks) – Yoga Alliance is Beside the Point  link
  4. Carlson, Karin (Return Yoga) – Yoga Alliance  link
  5. Halliday, Jillian (YogiApproved.com) – Do Yoga Instructors Really Need to Join Yoga Alliance?  link
  6. International Yoga Federation – International Yoga Federation Home Page  link
  7. International Yoga Registry – International Yoga Registry  link
  8. MacDonald, Kala (Yoga to Cope) – Yoga Alliance Alternatives Board  link
  9. National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers – Affiliated with the Yoga Institute  link
  10. Schrei, Josh (Tapta Marg Productions) – Why I Am Revoking My Yoga Alliance Registration  link
  11. Yoga Alliance – Yoga Alliance Home Page  link
  12. Wooley, Katherine Austin (Karma Yoga) How Yoga Alliance is Ruining Yoga  link

CONNECT WITH US

© 2019 Yoga Teacher Central • All rights reserved • Terms of service • Privacy policy