Scope of Practice

THE CONVERSATION: What is a yoga teacher and what defines their practice?

A Scope of Practice is necessary to protect the public and clarify the role of yoga teachers in contemporary society. What is a yoga teacher, and what defines their practice? How is it different in the many environments in which they work?

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.

Scope of Practice 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:

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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B Grace Bullock

B Grace Bullock

B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500 is a psychologist, research scientist, educator, science writer, yoga and mindfulness expert, and author of Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success - Integrating the Science of Mind, Body and Brain (Handspring Publishing, 2016). She is the CEO ...
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Sarah Court

Sarah Court

Sarah Court DPT, e-RYT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Trainer, and the creator of Quantum Leap. She teaches public workshops, anatomy for yoga teacher trainings, and trains Yoga Tune Up® teachers worldwide. She developed and teaches ...
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John M. Doyle

John M. Doyle

John M. Doyle MD , a practicing medical doctor, found yoga at the tail end of his medical training and has been continuing both "practices" ever since.  He is a board certified pathologist who moved into Occupational and Urgent Care ...
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Ginger Garner

Ginger Garner

Dr. Garner is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill trained doctor of physical therapy (DPT), as well as a licensed athletic trainer (LAT, ATC) and professional yoga therapist (PYT). She has spent over 25 years studying and creating ...
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Leslie Kaminoff

Leslie Kaminoff

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. For four decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity ...
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Hala Khouri

Hala Khouri

Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for over 20 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is trained in ...
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James Mallinson

James Mallinson

James Mallinson is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He took his BA in Sanskrit and Old Iranian at the University of Oxford, followed by an MA in Area Studies (South Asia), ...
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Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell

 Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT is a San Francisco based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. She blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. She ...
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Neil Pearson

Neil Pearson

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, ...
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Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski writes and presents on yoga and ayurveda in the shadows of capitalism and climate change. He is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction including Threads of Yoga: A Remix of Patanjali’s Sutras ...
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Daniel Seitz

Daniel Seitz

Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD, is currently the executive director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency for naturopathic doctoral programs in the U.S. and Canada. For more than 25 years, his professional work ...
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Roopa Singh

Roopa Singh

Roopa Singh, works at the intersection of wellness and justice through art, scholarship, and social entrepreneurship. She is a licensed attorney, university instructor, and a yoga teacher/student.  In 2013, Roopa gathered the first public forums for South Asian American yoga educators ...
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Matthew Taylor

Matthew J. Taylor

Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT provided the first YA website and member database. He is past president of the IAYT board of directors during their early professional development phase 2007-2009, as well as a research journal editorial board member ...
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Theodora Wildcroft

Theodora Wildcroft

Theo Wildcroft is a yoga teacher at the forefront of the movement for trauma sensitivity and inclusion. She teaches local communities in rural England, and especially loves bringing yoga to non-neurotypical children. She’s also a yoga scholar whose research uncovers ...
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