The Teaching for Equity program provides yoga teachers with stipends to teach 10 yoga class sessions for free in historically marginalized communities. It is funded and directed by the Yoga Alliance Foundation with Ivy Child International and Synergy Yoga as implementing partners.
In addition to amplifying the participating teachers, their work, and the importance of their service, Teaching for Equity recipients also receive continuous support that promotes long-term emotional and mental wellbeing, helping them to maintain their work well beyond the program. This support includes access to a community of teachers, as well as resources and optional workshops on obtaining sustainable funding sources for their work.
Participating TFE teachers serve communities who have historically had less access to the practice of yoga, including but not limited to LGBTQQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, plus), BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), differently-abled, those with substance-use disorders, schools in under-resourced areas, correctional institutions, and communities with limited geographic or online access to yoga.
“It was great to build a strong rapport with so many people around the globe and consistency in my teaching. It helped keep my community connected and many students have shared they feel encouraged by my work. Physically, emotionally, physiologically—I feel positive growth happening in me each day.”
– Namurembe Rita Brown, TFE Inaugural Participant, Kenya