Frequently Asked Questions
What is Yoga Unify?
Yoga Unify is a non-profit network that is the community hub for those dedicated to the study and practice of yoga from all disciplines and schools. YU is built on three balanced pillars: Education (qualifying teachers and supporting practitioners), Ethics (prevention, education, and accountability), and Community (scholarships, grants, chapters, events, mentors).
Who governs Yoga Unify?
Yoga Unify is self-governing. We’re a resource for the yoga community, made up of the yoga community. This is done through rotating governing councils. All members may nominate people for the governing councils.
What are the Governing Councils?
Primarily concerned with the dissemination of grants and scholarships. Will determine annual strategic initiatives for community evolution; Year 1 strategic initiative will give dual priority to programs and organizations promoting diversity and equity in the yoga community, and to navigating the transition post-Covid,
Responsible for strategies for a new paradigm approach to awarding Qualification to Yoga teachers, educators, and professionals. The Council is discussing the process and guidelines for recognizing yoga teachers focused on individual competency, skill, and embodimentat, vetting the individual-while embracing all traditions-through peer review. Going forward, this Governing Council will oversee YŪ qualifications, and honor professional mastery by recognizing levels of experience through multiple qualifications.
A new paradigm approach to yogic ethics applied to both the teacher and the student, rooted in tradition with a focus on prevention, education, and communication, as well as how we hold one another mutually accountable.
What’s Founding Circle Membership?
The Founding Circle is available to join now until Governing Councils say it’s time that we roll out all member benefits and professional qualifications.For your early commitment (read: before most benefits are in place!) we’re giving you membership through June 2022! You’ll retain the title of Founding Circle Member forever, immortalized on a thank you page on the site.
We’ll be reaching out to Founding Circle Members regularly for their input to build an organization that truly serves the community, and is built by the community. By becoming a Founding Circle Member, you’re the foundation of Yoga Unify.
What are Professional Qualifications?
Professional Qualifications are a way to identify the range of professionals in the field. Teaching for a year? Teaching for 40 years? Various Qualifications will help not only students and employers know the level of skill and embodiment of a professional who has been awarded qualification with YŪ, but also aides that teacher incontinuing their professional growth with clear expectations of how to advance. Qualifications are awarded by peer review beginning Spring 2021.
How is Yoga Unify different than Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Unify is primarily focused on the success of the individual teacher, assessing competency and skill to award a unique qualification, which serves to clarify the range of professionals within the field of yoga. YŪ also includes the student, as well, by supporting their lifelong practice and study of yoga, and in the community conversation. Because not everyone needs to be a teacher, but we can all benefit from a yoga practice.
Yoga Unify organizes courses into the Yoga U Catalog by style, level, location, etc. but is not aiming to tell various traditions how to prepare their teacher trainings. Our focus is on sharing with schools the expected competencies of the teacher him/herself.
In its simplest form, we are not a certifying or standardizing body. We are a participatory organization built on mutual accountability and peer review. We acknowledge and appreciate the work Yoga Alliance has done to standardize yoga teaching through its certification and believe that they offer one solid pathway to becoming a yoga professional. That said, we also believe that pathways to yoga are as unique as all the individuals and the traditions in it. We offer a model of learning and support that recognizes this and supports students and teachers alike, meeting them where they are.
Who is on the Advisory Board?
Please see our Advisory Board here.
Who is on the staff?
Yoga Unify was co-founded by Ravi Singh, Judy Weaver, and Heather Sheree Titus. Heather is Founding Director. YŪ plans to staff the organization in full in 2021 to launch all programs and services. We’ve launched with a small team of independent contractors and volunteers supporting the launch phase of the organization for whom we are grateful! Lisette Cheresson on Communications and Erik Flint on Technology and Design.