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.
Why Would I Get Qualified If I Am Already Certified?
- Getting Qualified with Yoga Unify is a whole new paradigm of educational assessment and mentorship.
- Yoga Unify Qualification helps you pinpoint pathways to self-directed yoga education.
- Showcase your offerings and expertise in our publicly-accessible databases.
What Are the Four YU Qualified Professional Designations?
The Yoga Instructor has a foundational understanding of the basic principles and practices of yoga and can
lead a basic yoga class (1:1 or group)
The Yoga Guide has a fluent understanding of yoga, and enough knowledge and skill to teach an effective
yoga class in diverse environments and to groups of people with a range of abilities, preferences, and needs.
The Yoga Mentor has advanced knowledge of yoga, and enough knowledge and specialized skill to to teach
other yoga teachers, and/or otherwise focus and direct their knowledge or advanced specialization if called
The Yoga Adept has expert understanding and a lifetime of experience with the principles and practices of
yoga. Adepts transmit the teachings through their embodied presence, and have contributed an entire body of
work in service to yoga, and all beings.
What is the Self-Reporting Tool (SRT)?
The Self-Report Tool (SRT) is the first step in the Qualification process. The SRT is 50 questions about your professional and personal experiences with yoga.
There are no “right” or “wrong” answers, and responses do not synchronize with any one Qualification designation. We are non-judgmental, curious public servants of your professional interest and growth. Whatever your thoughts, we want to know.
Following your submission of your Self-Report Tool, the YU Qualification advisors will review the information you share in preparation for the remaining steps of the Qualification process
What is the Competencies Assessment Book (CAB)?
Completion of the Competencies Assessment Book (CAB), a book of competencies applicable to the yoga professional, is the second step of the Qualifications process. While competencies are not the same as skills, they are similar., The 2021 CAB is currently composed of 78 competencies; though it was designed to be forever-evolving. We welcome feedback and input from our community, the global yoga industry, and you, our valued yoga professionals..
While not all yoga professionals will have the same competencies, there are some common denominators. In order to preserve the tradition and steward the forward evolution of yoga, it is Yoga Unify’s goal for the global yoga community to have highly-competent, societally-useful, grounded,and successful yoga professionals reflecting a wide range of diverse lineages, competencies, and skills.
What are the YU-QP Applicant Signature Sheets?
Teachers, peers, and students have an opportunity to be part of the collaborative, peer-review process by signing off on your CAB self-assessment. Applicants are to provide a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of twelve (12) signatures from your teachers, peers, and students. Two (2) signature sheets from your teachers and two (2) signature sheets from your peers are the minimum requirement (4 total). For example, applicants need two teachers to sign off on your Understanding of Yoga History competency. However, applicants have the opportunity to collect up to twelve (12) teacher, peer, and student signatures. Also, if you are currently teaching yoga, please have a student sign off on your teaching methodology competency.