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The Teaching for Equity program provides financial support, resources, and community to yoga teachers who are teaching for little or no pay in historically marginalized communities. Fifty teachers will receive stipends to offer twelve yoga sessions at no cost to participants.

The Teaching for Equity program is funded and directed by the Yoga Alliance Foundation with Ivy Child International and Synergy Yoga as implementing partners.

The application for the 2022 Teaching for Equity (TFE) Program is now closed.

Program Details:

The Teaching for Equity program provides 50 yoga teachers with $1,500 USD stipends to teach 12 yoga class sessions for free in historically marginalized communities.

This program seeks to serve communities who have historically had less access to the practice of yoga, including:

  • LGBTQQIA+
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
  • Economically marginalized / communities with high poverty
  • Differently-abled
  • Other communities whose yoga classes were stopped or significantly disrupted due to the pandemic (e.g., correctional institutions, schools in under-resourced areas, communities with geographic and technological barriers to access)

In light of COVID-19, teaching may be done in person or online, depending on local pandemic conditions and what is safest practice in the individual teacher’s community.

Key Application Dates:

October 25–November 15, 2021: Application system open for nominations *Applications are now closed.
December 8–10, 2021: Application status notifications sent
January 21, 2022: Program orientation for selected teachers
Feb–May 2022: Selected teachers offer 12 yoga class sessions (specific dates and frequency can be set by the teachers)

Eligibility:

This program is open to yoga teachers who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience teaching yoga within a historically marginalized community
  • Actively or recently teaching (during the past year) in a historically marginalized community, for little or no pay
  • In financial need (defined as having an annual income below $30,000 USD for applicants from high-income countries, or adjusted local equivalent)
  • A current/past member of the community in which they teach

The program is open to Yoga Alliance members and non-members, with no geographic limitations. Past participants in the Teaching for Equity program are not eligible to apply. The program is open to candidates who have previously received funding, grants, or scholarships through other programs run by/with Yoga Alliance, the Yoga Alliance Foundation, and/or Ivy Child International.

Selection priority will be for teachers who are personally more economically vulnerable and have a longer history of teaching in historically marginalized communities.

Implementing partners:

The Teaching for Equity application and selection process is run by Ivy Child International, a global nonprofit that partners with education and care systems to enhance well-being through innovative and culturally responsive programs.

Workshops for participating teachers are run by Synergy Yoga, a wellness organization based in Peru, Kenya and the U.S., that focuses on international community empowerment through the healing arts.

The Yoga Alliance Foundation leverages yoga for social impact and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community. Contributions support yoga professionals’ livelihoods and their important work in sharing the benefits of yoga.

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