THE CONVERSATION: What are the pros and cons of testing? Who should take an exam, how would it be administered, and how frequently? For example, should yoga schools be required to administer a practicum exam?
WHAT WE LEARNED:
There is not agreement across the yoga community regarding the “enforcement” of standards to ensure compliance. Some believe that some type of accountability is necessary to ensure consistency and to improve quality while others believe it might drain resources or reduce goodwill. Most do believe that standards themselves are important and that continuing education is important, but whose responsibility is it? The answer is likely a shared accountability across Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Schools (RYSs), and Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs).
As we saw in our 12,000-respondent survey, 60% of yoga professionals want Yoga Alliance to ensure RYSs and RYTs are compliant while 40% are unsure or are opposed. Read more here.
Through the Integrity working group, the following recommendations (among others) were shared with Yoga Alliance:
- Yoga Alliance should vet all RYS curricula, Teacher Trainer credentials and biographies, assessment methods, and other operational elements at the time of application and recredentialing
- RYSs should teach what they say they will teach, ensure physical and emotional safety of their students, meet legal requirements, and promote inclusion
- Teacher Trainers* should have a baseline credential above and beyond an RYT 200
- Practitioners should have some baseline of practice before entering an RYS
To learn more about this working group’s recommendations, please download the Integrity 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.