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Eka Recovery Fund for Yoga Professionals

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF) introduced an Emergency Relief Fund for yoga professionals suffering economic hardship. As a follow-on to this work, we introduced a second phase of assistance that invests in recovery: the Eka Recovery Fund—inspired by the Sanskrit word eka, which celebrates unity, equality, and balance.

The Eka Recovery Fund supports yoga professionals in returning to and/or sustaining their work and sponsors activities that facilitate economic recovery and align with YAF’s mission: leveraging yoga for social impact, and fostering an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community. This Fund work has begun by focusing on the intersection of economic recovery, yoga service, and community outreach.

Many marginalized communities are disproportionally affected by the pandemic and by the bio-psycho-social impact of stress. They also often face more barriers to yoga, which can serve as a valuable tool for all communities that continue to experience high levels of stress, uncertainty, and social isolation, particularly among those that are hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. To support ongoing access to yoga and to provide economic recovery support to yoga professionals, YAF has introduced a “Teaching for Equity” pilot program in November 2020 as the first activity of the Eka Recovery Fund. Now closed to new applicants, this pilot provides financial support for yoga teachers with a history of teaching yoga to marginalized communities and extends access to yoga to those who may have historically been left out of the practice. This program is a global initiative and supports our organizational goal of greater equity (diversity, inclusivity and accessibility) in yoga.

To support ongoing access to yoga and to provide economic recovery support to yoga professionals, YAF has introduced a “Teaching for Equity” pilot program as the first activity of the Eka Recovery Fund. This pilot provides financial support for yoga teachers with a history of teaching yoga to marginalized communities and extends access to yoga to those who may have historically been left out of the practice. This program is a global initiative and supports our organizational goal of greater equity (diversity, inclusivity and accessibility) in yoga.

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A Community-Centered Approach

To sustain a thoughtful and community-centered approach, the program draws on input from an advisory committee representing a cross-section of perspectives and lived experiences. This committee weighs in on criteria for the selection process and helps to ensure an equitable and accessible application process.




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• Broaden access to yoga’s healing potential
• Foster greater equity and more diverse representation within the yoga community
• Expand educational, service, and economic opportunities for yoga teachers

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