Project Plan and Event Schedule

Yoga Alliance is conducting a comprehensive and inclusive Standards Review Project for the first time in its 18-year history. The first big step in this process will be a survey for members and non-members, which will be released in six languages the first week of February 2018.  Please keep an eye out for an email from us with the survey — your input and voice are incredibly vital to this process.

In Q4 of 2018, Yoga Alliance will compile and review public feedback and working group recommendations and will draft and publish proposed changes to the standards. We will invite additional public feedback and may develop additional drafts based on what we learn. We will publish a final draft of proposed revisions by the end of 2018, and our intention is to bring as many of the final proposed revisions to a member vote at that time.

Look for discussions around the Standards Review at each of the festivals and events we plan to attend this year. Additional international events and smaller convenings, both in the US and abroad, will be listed as they are confirmed.

Yoga Alliance has identified eight key areas of inquiry for this Standards Review: Scope of PracticeCode of Conduct, Integrity, Inclusion, Teacher Qualifications, Core Curriculum, Teacher Trainer Qualifications, and Online Learning. 

In addition to direct feedback from members and non-members, YA will form a working group of 10-15 subject-matter experts from within and outside yoga for each of these areas of inquiry. Working groups will address specific questions on their topics and will publish a final report of their recommendations.


Dec 6, 2018Virtual Town Hall

Nov 15, 2018Virtual Town Hall
Nov 29, 2018Virtual Town Halls

Oct 15-17, 2018Symposium on Yoga Research, Lenox, MA
Oct 19-21, 2018Om Yoga Show, London, UK

Sep 12-17, 2018Bhakti Fest, Joshua Tree, CA

Aug 1, 2018Listening Tour: Portland, Oregon
Aug 3, 2018Listening Tour: Seattle, Washington
Aug 7, 2018Listening Tour: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 8, 2018Listening Tour: Kansas City, Missouri
Aug 10, 2018Listening Tour: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 13, 2018Listening Tour: Columbus, Ohio
Aug 15, 2018 | Listening Tour: Detroit, Michigan
Aug 17, 2018 | Listening Tour: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 20, 2018 | Listening Tour: Asheville, North Carolina
Aug 22, 2018 | Listening Tour: Nashville, Tennessee
Aug 22, 2018 | Listening Tour: Tampa, Florida

Jul 19-22, 2018Wanderlust Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, CA
Jul 31, 2018Listening Tour: Omaha, Nebraska

Jun 2, 2018 | SoulFestNYC, NYC
Jun 14-17 , 2018Hanuman Yoga Festival, Boulder, CO
Jun 14-17, 2018IAYT’s Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research, Reston, VA
Jun 22-24, 2018Accessible Yoga Conference, Toronto, Canada

May 11-13, 2018Yoga Service Council Conference, Rhinebeck, NY

Apr 19-22, 2018 |Yoga Journal Live, NYC
Apr 29, 2018Yoga Reaches Out, Foxborough, MA

Mar 1-7, 2018International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh, India. Yoga Alliance President and CEO David Lipsius will be attending as a practitioner; please feel free to introduce yourself and say hello.

Feb 8-11, 2018 | Sedona Yoga Festival, Sedona, AZ. Join our Chief Yoga Advancement Officer, Andrew Tanner, in meaningful conversations about the present and future of Yoga Alliance:2
Friday, Feb 9:   YA Town Hall & Focus Group: Scope of Practice | 4:30-5:30pm
Saturday, Feb 10The Yoga of Pooh: Taoist Wisdom for Any Body | 4:30-5:30pm

Dec 5–7, 2017Focus Group One, Dallas, TX. An assembly of select yoga teachers and field professionals will discuss a wide range of topics to identify common observations.



Conversation: “What qualifications are necessary to be a trainer of yoga teachers?”

Jul 19-22, Wanderlust Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, CA


Conversation: “What qualifications are necessary to be a yoga teacher?”

Jun 14-17, Hanuman Yoga Festival, Boulder, CO

Jun 14-17, IAYT’s Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research, Reston, VA