Core Curriculum

THE CONVERSATION: Do yoga teachers need to cover some standard content?

This working group will convene to discuss what content, if any, needs to be standardized. Does yoga need a “common core?” What basic knowledge should every yoga teacher share (some examples might include anatomy and physiology, seva, yoga history, culture and philosophy, ethics, a scope of practice, or trauma sensitivity)?

We have brought together a diverse spectrum of expert advisory voices to maximize the perspectives and resources within this area of inquiry. They represent one stream of input in the process — represented in the timeline activities below — alongside the thousands of voices inside and outside of yoga who have already contributed their viewpoints through a comprehensive survey, focus groups, online discussions, and other channels that will continue to be offered through the duration of this project.

Core Curriculum Working Group Timeline

Timeline events include scheduled calls with the assigned advisory committee to refine recommendation papers, as well as supporting podcasts and workshops.

View the summarized timeline for all working groups here.

Advisors on this group:

Jafar J. Alexander

Jafar Alexander

Jafar J. Alexander, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, believes that "practice is what happens on the mat, and yoga is what happens in life.” His belief is “Yoga is yoga. No need to complicate it, it’s quite simple. Breathe, move, and find your ...
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Marla Apt

Marla Apt

Marla Apt is a Senior level Iyengar Yoga teacher and was highlighted by Yoga Journal magazine as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to shape the future of yoga. She has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on ...
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Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed. Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Core Community of Interbeing, is known for her passion for decolonizing yoga - practicing yoga not just as poses but as a way of life. She ...
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Jasmine Chehrazi

Jasmine Chehrazi

Jasmine Chehrazi is founder of Yoga Activist, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to improving accessibility and trauma sensitivity in yoga and mindfulness instruction. She trained with teachers from a wide variety of yoga traditions (including Dharma, Power, Bhakti Flow, Kundalini, ...
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Mayte Criado

Mayte Criado

Mayte Criado, E-RYT 500, E500H, T500H, is a yoga teacher trainer registered with Yoga Alliance and the European Yoga Federation. She participates as a delegate in Spain for The World Community of Indian Culture and Traditional Disciplines, is a member of ...
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Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from ...
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Brahmani Liebman

Brahmani Liebman

Brahmani Liebman, MSEd, E-RYT 500, is an internationally recognized yoga teacher in the Kripalu tradition. She founded the Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health and was director and head teacher for over 20 years. Brahmani is currently co-creator & director (with Jashoda ...
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Heather Peterson

Heather Peterson

Heather Peterson is the Chief Yoga Officer and the longest continuous staff member at CorePower Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2002 and was hired as the second studio manager for the company in 2003. Throughout her tenure, Heather has served ...
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Nivedita Ashok Pingle

Nivedita Ashok Pingle

Nivedita Ashok Pingle, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., is a yoga therapist and the founder of the Millennium Concept, a yoga therapy clinic. Since 1998, she has assisted over 3,000 patients with yoga therapy to control chronic disorders especially affecting lT professionals, such as cervical spondylosis, ...
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Swami Ramananda

Swami Ramananda

Swami Ramananda is the President of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition who has been practicing yoga for over 35 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the ...
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Mark Singleton

Mark Singleton

Mark Singleton’s research interests lie in the intersection of tradition and modernity in yoga. He was a research assistant at the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research, University of Cambridge, in 2002-3, and went on to complete a Ph.D at ...
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Sierra Rose Stange

Sierra Rose Stange

Sierra Rose Stange, Ancient Historian, 200hr Yoga Instructor, 300hr in-Progress. Sierra currently teaches Kirtana Classes with Stories from the Puranas, Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata to give students an opportunity to experience Bhakti and Jnana Yoga. Sierra practices and teaches a Vinyasa ...
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Judy Weaver

Judy Weaver

Judy Weaver, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a yoga therapist and a yoga “teacher of teachers." She is widely recognized for her expertiseand knowledge of yoga and other body-mind disciplines and regularly conducts certified yoga teacher training classes, facilitates workshops and lectures ...
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Cora Wen

Cora Wen

Cora Wen, E-RYT 500, YACEP, has built her reputation as an internationally acclaimed yoga practitioner and teacher over the past 25 years. She is a follower of the great Indian Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, who passed away in August 2014. Toward the end ...
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