Schools and Studios Committee discusses programming and benefits 

March 11, 2013

The Schools and Studios Committee working group met at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., for its first in-person meeting on February 26. Their goal was to help Yoga Alliance® determine how it could help yoga schools and studios elevate the level of their businesses.

The eight-member group discussed programming for Yoga Alliance®’s first Business of Yoga Conference, which will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington on Aug. 8-10, as well as member benefits, regulatory and legislative issues and other matters of interest to owners and managers of yoga schools and studios.

The committee also wrestled with the issue of how Yoga Alliance® can incorporate yoga studios into the association. At present, only Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s) and Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®s) are considered members of the organization.

The committee is comprised of a working group and advisory group. Led by committee chair, Scott Kleinfeld, of Bamboomoves Yoga in New York and New Jersey, the working group includes school and studio owners with a diverse range of businesses in various locations across the U.S. Members of the working group will meet one to two times in-person during 2013. All other members of the Schools and Studios Committee form the advisory group, and will be consulted via email. Members of the Schools and Studios Committee will help Yoga Alliance® and its board of directors better understand the needs of owners and managers of schools and studios.

The working group met for dinner in downtown Washington, D.C., the night before its first meeting. During the meeting, they provided advice on the annual conference program and future online workshops, suggesting topics and speakers as well as events and meeting formats that would encourage community-building. The group also offered ideas and feedback on potential benefits and services that Yoga Alliance® could provide. 

Scott Kleinfeld, committee chair, commented, "Our vision for the Schools and Studios Committee is to create a central body for all yoga teachers, yoga studio owners, yoga schools, and yoga enthusiasts to come for credentialing, advice about best business practices, and general support for the entire yoga community."

Questions about the committee and its activities are welcome at info(at) Yoga Alliance® will continue to update the community on the work of the Schools and Studios Committee. You can learn more about all of the Yoga Alliance® committees on our website.

The working group is pictured below at the recent meeting.

The Schools and Studios Committee working group in Washington, D.C. Pictured standing, from left to right: Brandon Hartsell, E-RYT 500, Sunstone Yoga, Dallas, TX; Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT 200, Yoga Vista Studio, Vista, CA (center); Dave Sims, RYT 200, CITYOGA, Indianapolis, IN; Phil Swain, YogaWorks, Los Angeles, CA; Richard Karpel, president, Yoga Alliance®; Scott Kleinfeld, E-RYT 200, Bamboomoves Yoga, Ridgefield, NJ; and Kellie Adkins, E-RYT 500, Wisdom Method School of Yoga, Fruitland Park, FL. Seated, from left to right: Dawn Curtis, E-RYT 500, East Meets West Yoga, Vienna, VA and Joan Dwyer, All That Matters, Wakefield, RI.

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