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Teaching for Equity Pilot Program

The nomination period for the Teaching for Equity pilot program ended on December 18, 2020. Any future program updates or opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

To promote ongoing access to yoga and provide economic recovery support to yoga professionals, the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF) has introduced a Teaching for Equity pilot program.

This program provides financial support for yoga teachers who are teaching for little or no pay in historically marginalized communities, offering them stipends to teach ten yoga class sessions for free.

Teaching for Equity is available to teachers worldwide and supports our organizational goals of greater equity in yoga and expanding access to communities that have historically been excluded from the practice. This effort is funded and directed by YAF with Ivy Child International as our implementing partner, who administers the application, selection, and program administration processes.

Program Details

The Teaching for Equity pilot provides 25 yoga teachers with stipends to teach ten yoga class sessions for free in historically marginalized communities.

We seek to serve communities who have historically had less access to the practice of yoga, including:

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
  • Differently-abled
  • Other marginalized communities whose services have been stopped or significantly disrupted due to the pandemic (examples include communities facing the following barriers to yoga: high poverty, limited geographic or online access to yoga, correctional institutions, schools in under-resourced areas).

Stipends range from $300-$900 USD to pay for teaching 10 class sessions. Payment rate varies by country, based on national cost of living index.

In light of COVID-19, teaching can be done live online or in-person, depending on what is safest practice in the individual teacher’s community.


  • Nov 18–Dec 18, 2020: Application system open for nominations
  • Early 2021: Program participants are announced
  • Feb–May 2021: Selected teachers offer ten yoga class sessions (specific class dates and frequency can be set by the teachers)


This pilot program was made available to both member and non-member yoga teachers worldwide who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of yoga teaching experience within a historically marginalized community
  • Must be actively teaching or have recently taught (within the past 9 months) in a historically marginalized community
  • In financial need (annual income <$30,000 USD OR country-based equivalent income)

Selection priority will be for teachers who are personally more economically vulnerable, come from the communities where they teach, and have a history of teaching in said communities.

The program was open to candidates who have previously received funding, grants, or scholarships from Yoga Alliance, the Yoga Alliance Foundation, and/or Ivy Child International.

Contribute to YAF

By donating to the Yoga Alliance Foundation, you will help:

• Broaden access to yoga’s healing potential
• Foster greater equity and more diverse representation within the yoga community
• Expand educational, service, and economic opportunities for yoga teachers

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