Integrity

THE CONVERSATION: What are the pros and cons of testing?

This working group will discuss the ways in which other industries have resolved pressing issues such as the ones Yoga Alliance members face; specifically the pros and cons of testing yoga teachers upon their completion of training. Other questions may include who should take an exam, how it would be administered, and how frequently. For example, should yoga schools be required to administer a practicum exam?

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.

Integrity 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:

Steven Bishop

Steven Bishop

Steven Bishop, RYT-500, received both his 200 hour and 500 hour yoga training in India from Sampoorna Yoga School. He has also studied under a variety of teachers in the United States in the Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga styles as well as Piyo, ...
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Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their ...
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Kelley Carboni-Woods

Kelley Carboni-Woods

Kelley Carboni-Woods is a writer, wellness advocate, and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy, and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga—a path of mindful wellness and ...
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Julie Chavanu

Julie Chavanu

Julie Chavanu, RYT 500 is the founder of Find Your Voice Yoga Teacher Training and is dedicated to helping people not just learn to teach yoga, but to find and share their unique voice in teaching. She is a yoga teacher, ...
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Phindile Dhlamini

Phindile Dhlamini

Phindile Dhlamini is a humanitarian and businesswoman who is inspired by the vibrant and diverse African continent and is driven by the pursuit of socioeconomic development of its people. A multi-dimensional background in research, philanthropy, corporate transformation and social responsibility ...
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Jacci Gruninger

Jacci Gruninger

Jacci Gruninger, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, C-IAYT, MHS is a Santa Fe based yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and educator. Jacci feels she has been on a journey of awareness and awakening her whole life, and states that she was practicing “yoga” before she ever ...
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Justin Jetton

Justin Jetton

Justin Jetton, MA, MS, RYT 500 is a vinyasa flow yoga teacher and a certified sexual assault response coordinator. He is the owner of Light Lizard Yoga, a visiting teacher at Kripalu, and has been teaching yoga for the past 8 years ...
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Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D. in East-West Psychology and a physical therapist, has taught yoga around the world since 1971.  She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, and of Yoga Journal magazine. Ms. Lasater trains yoga ...
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Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of NYC’s OM Yoga Center (1998-2012), a mecca for yogis worldwide, Cyndi now teaches throughout the US, Asia, and Europe ...
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Kelli Moore

Kelli Moore

Kelli Moore, Ph.D., RYT 200 appreciates contemplative practices, which she attributes to her engagement in Quakerism. In 2008, she began an insight meditation practice. By 2015 she decided to unite her interest in an active and healthy lifestyle with her interest in contemplative practices and decided to become a yoga ...
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Nikki Myers

Nikki Myers

Nikki Myers, MBA, C-IAYT yoga therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner, addictions recovery specialist, and certified health coach is an accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme ...
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Heather Haxo Phillips

Heather Haxo Phillips

Heather Haxo Phillips, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 is a restorative yoga and certified Iyengar yoga teacher based in Berkeley, California. She is the owner of Adeline Yoga and has been teaching for nearly 20 years. Heather is the director and lead instructor of ...
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Lorena Saavedra Smith

Lorena Saavedra Smith

Lorena Saavedra Smith, E-RYT 200, YACEP, MRT is an expert yoga teacher, Reiki Master, wellness coach, and the founder of Hanaq Prana Yoga Studios & School in Tampa, Florida. Recently relocated to the Washington, DC area under her husband’s military orders, Lorena ...
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