THE CONVERSATION: What is a yoga teacher, and what defines their practice? Is a clear Scope of Practice necessary to help teachers and students alike understand what a yoga teacher is qualified to provide (and not provide)? How is it different in the many environments in which they work?
WHAT WE LEARNED:
A resounding majority of yoga professionals and practitioners agree that a clear Scope of Practice is important to clarify the role of yoga teachers in contemporary society and to protect the public. This came through loud and clear via our survey, the listening tour, the virtual town halls, and the working group sessions.
As we saw in our 12,000-respondent survey, 93% of yoga practitioners and 86% of yoga professionals stated that better guidelines on what yoga professionals should teach and what should be referred to medical or other professionals was somewhat to very important. This has broad appeal across different geographies and age groups, too. Read more here.
- All Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) should follow a Scope of Practice
- The Scope of Practice might differ depending on whether an RYT is at the 200 or 500 level as well as whether an RYT holds any specialty credential
- The concept of “informed consent” should be included within any Scope
To learn more about this working group’s recommendations, please download the Scope of Practice Working Group Paper here. As a reminder, Yoga Alliance brought together a diverse spectrum of expert advisory voices to maximize the perspectives and resources within this area of inquiry. They represented one stream of input in the process, albeit an important stream. We thank them for their participation and dedication.
Note: these working group papers provide expert recommendations to Yoga Alliance and the yoga community for consideration as the Standards Review Project continues. They are not prescribed actions but rather insights from an experienced and dedicated group of subject matter experts. They were written by an independent third party. At this point in time, no decisions have been made regarding standards updates, and we welcome and encourage your feedback and comments regarding the entirety of the SRP process.