Online Learning

THE CONVERSATION: What is the appropriate role of online education in yoga?

This working group will use their expertise to discuss what if any elements of yoga teacher training should be taught online. What sort of controls must be in place to offer quality online education?

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.

Online Learning 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:

Heather Holland

Heather Holland

Heather Holland is the Senior Vice President of Operations at CorePower Yoga and joined the CorePower Yoga executive team in September 2013, bringing over 13 years of experience working with growing entrepreneurships. Prior to working at CorePower, Heather served as General Counsel and ...
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Sara Ivanhoe

Sara Ivanhoe

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe, M.A. has been teaching yoga since 1995. She is the Yoga Spokesperson for Weight Watchers, Yoga for Dummies, Crunch Yoga, and appeared as a series regular on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew as the therapeutic instructor. She served as ...
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Gyandev McCord

Gyandev McCord

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, PhD, E-RYT 500, COI is director of Ananda Yoga® worldwide and Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, and co-director of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training. He has taught all dimensions of Yoga since 1983, from asana to meditation to philosophy. Gyandev is ...
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Christina Mroz

Christina Mroz

Christina Mroz, E-RYT 200, C-HYI 500 (Certified 500 Hour Holy Yoga® Instructor) is a Senior Trainer for Holy Yoga® Global (holyyoga.net), an international yoga school that provides distance learning and live instructor training certifications. Since 2007, Christina has played an instrumental role in ...
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Mary Richards

Mary Richards

Mary Richards, M.S., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, iREST Level 1, began practicing yoga in 1992 and teaching in 2002. She has studied primarily in the Iyengar system with additional study in other lineages. Her teaching and practice are informed by her deep ...
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Karen Sahetya

Karen Sahetya

Karen Sahetya​, E-RYT 500, MBA, is an entrepreneur, marketer, yogi, and digital strategist who works with organizations and other entrepreneurs to bring their greatest contributions to life in the online space. Karen specializes in creating ecosystems of online platforms to deliver products ...
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Eva Norlyk Smith

Eva Norlyk Smith

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D., E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT, CMT is co-founder of YogaUOnline.com, a leading provider of continuing education for yoga teachers. As co-director of YogaUOnline with her husband, Terry Smith, Eva has spent more than a decade developing online resources for ...
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Taro Smith

Taro Smith

Taro Smith, Ph.D. A scientist, yoga teacher, author, photographer, and conservationist, Taro has over two decades starting and developing innovative organizations in the health and wellness fields. He was instrumental in bringing exercise prescriptions as a standard of care in ...
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Hayley Winter

Hayley Winter

Hayley Winter is a Yoga Sports Scientist and creator of the Yoga Sports Coach™ online training courses. For the past 30 years Hayley has taught yoga, worked as an elite movement consultant, yoga educator, university lecturer and lectured internationally. She is the CEO ...
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