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Committees

Our committee members are volunteers who advise Yoga Alliance as representatives of the yoga community.

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Advisory Council

Members of the Advisory Council may participate in an advisory capacity in board meetings or committee meetings at the request of the chairman of the board. They may also serve as representatives of Yoga Alliance in advocacy efforts, meetings with members or as otherwise specifically requested.

The members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Gyandev R. McCord, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Ph.D., Nevada City, CA
  • Roger Rippy, E-RYT 500, Houston, TX
  • Arun Tilak, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Oklahoma City, OK


Governance Committee

The board-appointed Governance Committee recruits new directors with the goal of ensuring that each director possesses the requisite qualifications and experience to carry out his or her responsibilities for Yoga Alliance. Additionally, the Governance Committee shall assess the board’s current composition and identify missing characteristics, draft a recruitment plan and continuously cultivate new prospects, develop job descriptions for directors, orient new directors and continue to educate all directors on their responsibilities, and ensure that the board regularly engages in self-assessment. 

The Governance Committee consists of:

  • Staffan Elgelid, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, Pittsford, NY, board member
  • Brandon Hartsell, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Dallas, TX
  • Kerry Maiorca, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, Chicago, IL, board member
  • Marion "Mugs" McConnell, E-RYT 500, YACEP, British Columbia, Canada, board member
  • Andrew Tanner, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Boston, MA, Chief Yoga Advancement Officer


Yoga Alliance Foundation Committee

The Yoga Alliance Foundation Committee provides guidance on Foundation activities and initiatives. It serves as an advisory group for staff regarding ideas for new and existing Foundation programming, and strategic direction. The Committee also assists in the review and awarding of Foundation scholarships and grants, and will facilitate fundraising efforts and initiatives.

The Yoga Alliance Foundation Committee consists of:

  • David Pryor Jr., Washington DC, committee chair, board member
  • Marissa Angeletti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Denver, CO
  • Penelope Beache, RYT 200, Saint James, MO
  • Staffan Elgelid, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, Pittsford, NY, board member
  • Sarah Francis, RYT 200, Boston, MA
  • Kerry Maiorca, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, Chicago, IL, ex officio board member
  • Elle Potter, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Maplewood, MO
  • Yelizaveta Zibirova, RYT 200, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hilary Mughloo, staff liaison
  • David Lipsius, RYT 500, President


Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is a standing committee that provides ongoing recommendations and counsel regarding the development, evolution and clarity of Standards for Yoga Alliance’s credentialing process. Members are expected to represent the broader community and not one particular school or area of yoga teaching or standards. They are:

  • Marion (Mugs) McConnell, E-RYT 500, YACEP, British Columbia, Canada, committee chair, board member
  • Deborah Bennett, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Melissa Cooper, RYT 200, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mark Drost, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Kerry Maiorca, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, Chicago, IL, ex officio board member
  • Jacinta McBurney, E-RYT 500,  Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Gyandev R. McCord, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Ph.D., Nevada City, CA
  • Amani Murray, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, Charlotte, NC
  • Roger Rippy, E-RYT 500, Houston, TX
  • Cindy Jeffers, E-RYT 500, staff liaison
  • David Lipsius, RYT 500, President






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