2020 End of Year Standards Update
Updated December 2020
Throughout the challenges of 2020, our member teachers and schools adapted to yoga’s ever-changing landscape to safely and successfully share its benefits with their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic rocked individual, communal, and economic health, bringing real-world impacts on how you are able to serve and teach in your communities. As your Yoga Alliance, we recognize our responsibility to adapt our work to best serve your needs.
Though we recognize this challenging chapter is ongoing, new research and progress in the global health crisis response is bringing a post-pandemic future slowly into focus. Therefore, we are looking closely at our existing Standards as they serve our members today, with a strategic eye on what’s to come.
Today, we acknowledge the following: now is not the time to ask you to make more changes than 2020 already has already asked of you.
In the year ahead, we will practice our commitment to up-leveled Standards by continuing to learn from members’ experience using the Online Teaching Exemption, listening to and communicating with members to understand their evolving needs, and using credible global health resources to predict what may be soon needed by the yoga community. We will also take this time to pause some previously planned Standards initiatives (as detailed below).
Though we do not know what the exact adjusted timelines for these will look like, we remain steadfast in our commitment to modernized Standards that promote high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching, and promise to give you enough time to understand and meet any updated deadlines once they are established. This likely will not be before your 2023 renewal date.
Find updates on the following Standards items and how they apply to you and your credential below.