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Teaching for Equity provides financial support, business-building resources, and community connection for yoga teachers serving for little or no pay in communities experiencing marginalization.

The application for the 2022 Teaching for Equity (TFE) Program is now closed.
Click here to learn more about this year’s participants.

Who Does Teaching for Equity Support?

Yoga is a practice for all. This is proven everyday by yoga professionals serving students of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, and lived experiences around the globe.

Teaching for Equity is specifically designed to support teachers sharing yoga with those encountering barriers or exclusion to the practice, including but not limited to the following communities:

  • 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
  • Communities with limited geographic or online access to yoga

Thanks to these professionals, hundreds of people benefit from the healing practice of yoga—many of whom may not have otherwise encountered the practice in their day-today lives.

What Does Teaching for Equity Offer?

In addition to amplifying participating teachers’ work and the importance of their service, Teaching for Equity teachers also receive continuous support that promotes long-term emotional and mental wellbeing, helping them to maintain their work well beyond the end of their program.

Program offerings include monetary funding, professional guidance, community-building resources, marketing exposure, and conscious self-care support.

Program Offerings

Financial Support: The Teaching for Equity program provides monetary backing for yoga teachers to offer a series of free classes to their communities.

Access to Development Workshops: Throughout the program, Teaching for Equity teachers may participate in three workshops hosted in collaboration with Synergy Yoga. These workshops are focused on growing knowledge, skill, and experience in 1.) burn-out prevention 2.) marketing, and 3.) fundraising, and feature experts on each topic.

Impact Toolkit for student feedback and value insight: The Impact Toolkit provides a framework for Teaching for Equity teachers to glean feedback on the physical, mental, and social health aspects of yoga for their students. This information can inform their classes and be leveraged for future funding.

Breathe Together Self Care Breaks: Led by Program Directory Kady Lafferty, these short virtual sessions create space for former and existing Teaching for Equity participants to take a moment for self-care and community connection.

Group Forum: To encourage the exchange of experience and knowledge and continue to build community and connection, all Teaching for Equity participants are linked via a virtual forum where they can connect one-on-one or in a group capacity.

PR and Media Exposure: Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation pull together their resources to uplift and promote the work and experiences of Teaching for Equity participants. This includes features in the organization’s social media channels, newsletters, and website as well as mentions in associational events, engagements, and collaborations. Additionally, a contracted PR agency will work with participant’s local news outlets for further exposure.

Hear from Past Participants

Teaching for Equity made it possible for me to set the time aside to teach unique and special classes and also created opportunities for many students to study for the first time for free."

- Adam Wetterhan
  Inaugural TFE Participant, USA

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

A Growing Initiative

Implementing Partners

The Teaching for Equity application and selection process is run by Ivy Child International, a global nonprofit that partners with education and care systems to enhance well-being through innovative and culturally responsive programs.

Workshops for participating teachers are run by Synergy Yoga, a wellness organization based in Peru, Kenya and the U.S., that focuses on international community empowerment through the healing arts.

The Yoga Alliance Foundation leverages yoga for social impact and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community. Contributions support yoga professionals’ livelihoods and their important work in sharing the benefits of yoga.

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