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Member-Wide Ethical Commitment

The Yoga Alliance Ethical Commitment came in response to membership asking for greater clarity on how to best welcome all who wish to practice yoga. Its three-pronged approach asks members to review and understand all Yoga Alliance policies and abide by an updated Code of Conduct, a new Scope of Practice, and a shared awareness of and responsibility to equity in yoga.

Online Teaching Exemption

Due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, we are extending the temporary online teaching exemption allowing for existing approved RYSs to offer in-person contact hours via virtual formats through the end of 2020. Learn more about the careful consideration behind this decision and take advantage of the extension by filling out a simple form.

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Emergency Relief

The Yoga Alliance Foundation launched an Emergency Fund to support those throughout the yoga community hardest hit by COVID-19. On June 30, 2020, the Fund closed to new applications, and the Foundation is now currently planning for a second phase of assistance, which will focus on the intersection of economic recovery and yoga service.

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  • Enhanced RYS Standards

    Enhanced RYS Standards

    Based on feedback from membership and the broader yoga community, Yoga Alliance launched new standards for its RYS 200 credential as well as a strengthened application and review process for all new RYS applicants. These enhanced standards now include the implementation of a strengthened RYS application process, which will provide for greater shared accountability to meet or exceed the new standards.

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  • Support for Re-Opening & Recovery

    Guidebook to RYS Application

    As members prepare for re-opening and recovery, Yoga Alliance has issued best practice recommendations for yoga schools, businesses, and professionals in the U.S. and around the world. This resource is based on guidance from leading public health organizations and experts, U.S.-based federal and state agencies, legal advisers, and Yoga Alliance’s collective expertise on yoga business operations and yoga practice.

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  • Online Learning Resources

    Online Learning Resources

    Due to sweeping changes in the yoga industry, many classes and trainings are moving online. To support this transition, we have compiled a variety of online teaching best practices, tools, and resources for members to leverage. Members also have the option to display online offerings and closed-captioning capabilities to their YA profiles for directory users to easily find.

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Yoga for Social Impact

As our 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, the Yoga Alliance Foundation leverages yoga for social impact and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community.

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