Dear Yoga Alliance Members,
As many of you may know, following the restructure of our organization earlier this year, we have a new 501(c)(3) public charity, Yoga Alliance Foundation, dedicated to helping yoga reach underserved, marginalized, and under-represented populations. I’m writing today to share two exciting Foundation initiatives that kick off our new approach to helping yoga teachers more easily work in yoga service.
In the past, Yoga Alliance Foundation has mainly served its purpose through developing its own yoga teacher training scholarship program. To honor and return to our roots as a true “alliance,” we are changing that model. There is a wealth and depth of expertise in the yoga community, and we will be looking for opportunities to support and invest in individuals and organizations already achieving great success in developing and offering the curricula, programs, and tools that help yoga teachers reach particular populations in need.
Starting today, Yoga Alliance Foundation is excited to be working with the Yoga Service Council to support scholarships for students to attend their annual conference. The Yoga Service Conference offers attendees the chance to gain tools to effectively and compassionately make yoga and mindfulness practices inclusive, effective, sustainable and accessible to all.
We will also be supporting student scholarships at the upcoming Accessible Yoga Conferences in North America and Europe. These conferences help build a strong network of teachers who support a diverse yoga culture that is inclusive and welcoming to people of all abilities and backgrounds.
We are excited to be partnering with organizations doing invaluable work in our community and grateful to be part of a growing movement to elevate consciousness in our field. This is another step toward a renewed focus by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation to better serve our members and the public.