Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a lifelong journey – I’m on board for life and always refining.

Balance, peace, health, truth, and clarity.

It accelerates the pace of my personal evolution, in all ways.

Because it keeps me peaceful and healthy and in alignment with my soul and purpose.

Because it connects me deeper to humanity and to the practice off-the-mat

It helps to keep me somewhat sane.

life. peace. freedom. humility. compassion. awareness.

It is the pathway to my own growth and awareness.

Yoga is among my most important self-care and personal therapy practices.

It’s a blueprint to being comfortable in my own skin

It keeps me alive.

Yoga is everything

My Yoga practice is my inner sanctuary where I reconnect with poise and serenity in the middle of life’s demands.

Yoga is my pathway toward Divine guidance on a daily basis.

keeps mind & body flexible, steady & open

My yoga practice always brings me back to my center in the present moment.

The energetics of my practice is a part of my life; the art is inseparable from my way of being in the world.

It informs my path and purpose and helps me be congruent with what I’m teaching.

My yoga practice brings me both peace of mind and the fire to create an action (karma)

My yoga practice gives me the balance of mind, body, and spirit to be able to serve humanity from a grounded, whole place of love, and devotion for our collective healing and transformation.

Yoga brings peace and comfort, especially during difficult periods.

I practice yoga because it allows me to elevate my consciousness and character

Yoga is a practice for how I want to live my life.

Yoga provides me with tools that enhances my personal and professional development.

Because practicing yoga confers benefits on the body, nervous system, and mind all at the same time.

My being wants freedom and my heart needs stillness.

Practicing doesn’t mean I get it perfect every time; it actually means we need more practice.

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Yoga Unify is, from my perspective, the front-line effort that is elevating and defining the yoga profession. It is a shoe that fits me (maybe better than any other).

– Anne Minter

A limited number of scholarships are available for anyone experiencing financial difficulties at this time. 

Who Can Become a Member?

All yoga students, teachers in training, yoga professionals, schools, studios, and organizations are eligible for membership. Yoga Unify is the collective voice and community for those dedicated to the study and practice of yoga. Members enjoy voting rights for governing councils, access to community reinvestment funds including scholarships, grants, and research money, access to educational advisors and mentors, support for grievances regarding professional ethics, access to journals and publications, access to annual convention, guidance and resources for successful careers in yoga or lifelong study, and more. 

Students

Student practitioners of yoga are eligible for Student membership. Yoga Unify has created numerous resources for the student practitioner to chart a pathway to lifelong study through educational advisors and mentors, an easy to understand structure of yoga studies allowing the student member to mark milestones in their development and continue to deepen their study and practice of yoga. Student members enjoy access to forums, educational materials, gatherings, discounts, scholarships, support for grievances, and voting participation in policy and governance.

Teachers in Training

Students, pursuing a qualification as a yoga professional may apply for reduced-fee transitional membership. Membership in your local YŪ chapter is optional. You’ll have access to the same general benefits as a standard member, with the opportunity to seek YŪ qualification. 

Yoga Educators & Professionals

YŪ qualification is open to any yoga professional, at any stage of their professional journey. By seeking qualification award with YŪ, you have all the same access as a general member, as well as access to the robust suite of additional benefits outlined below. 

Are you interested in the opportunity to become a YŪ-qualified professional? Be sure to subscribe to learn more as the Governing Council on Qualifications lays out the processes and refines the definitions. 

Please note: All professional application fees will be on a sliding scale based on income. Application fees are waived for Founding Circle Members through 2021. 

Yoga Studios & Schools

All individual schools of yoga have the opportunity to be members of Yoga Unify, signifying to students and interested parties their sincere commitment to safe and supported practice. 

To become a YŪ member studio or school, 80% of your teachers are YŪ qualified professionals. You also agree to prominently display to all members the ethical policies and make available the tools for easy reporting and communication. 

Yoga Organizations

As an organizational member of Yoga Unify you have the opportunity to list your volunteer opportunities, special events, job opportunities, appeals, and organizational mission on the Yoga Unify website, as well as be a part of the community of teachers and students collaborating to elevate the field. 

Anticipated Benefits

 

Save favorites and track your education in member portal. 

Membership in regional Chapters. 

Access to Student advisors. 

Access to Scholarships for yoga education. 

Cast your vote for Governing Board positions and on organizational business and policy issues.

Access to Yoga U Catalog and Professional Directory. 

Access to membership forum. 

Access to resources to resolve any ethical grievance within the profession.

Receive discounted registration and earn continuing education credit at the YU Annual Convention.

Enjoy a complimentary online subscription to YŪ’s annual scientific journal.

An annual subscription to our bi-weekly e-newsletter, featuring original articles, conversations with YŪ members and leaders, and news from the community at large. 

Professional add’l benefits: 

Hold seal of qualification demonstrating skill and a commitment to ethics that is recognized by employers and students everywhere. 

Discounted Professional Liability insurance and access to a group rate for dental and vision insurance, with a top tier Met Life program, and access to Telemedicine.

Post your resume and view jobs within the profession in the YU Membership Forums.

Serve as a mentor to student practitioners and yoga professionals seeking higher qualification. Stipended. 

Sliding scale fees for application and review process.

Opportunity to serve on collaborative peer review panels. 

Support in forming a regional or lineage based local chapter. 

Access to grants and research funds. 

Opportunity to run for governing board positions. Stipended. 

List upcoming workshops, trainings, and courses in Yoga U catalog. 

Professional Directory Listing including personal blog, 

Be considered for publication in YŪ’s annual scientific journal; YU’s bimonthly e-newspaper; and on yogaunify.org blog. 

Opportunity to present a topic and earn continuing education credit at the YU Annual Convention.

Studio / School add’l benefits: 

List employment opportunities on member forum. 

Organization add’l benefits:

List in seva opportunities for members

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