OUR COMMUNITY [news]
A NEW EVALUATION
PROGRAM ON THE
YOGA ALLIANCE WEBSITE
BY CHERYL DEPP
Until now, Yoga Alliance has relied on a credentialing system that is similar to an
honor code. The yoga community is currently demanding change, asking for more
than this loose accountability to oversee teacher training programs.
Preparing to launch a new website in December, 2013, Yoga Alliance’s President
and CEO Richard Karpel explains this platform as a blend of traditional credentialing combined with savvy social media. Referred to as “Social Credentialing,”
it is a recalibration of the system to support sharing feedback from people actually attending teacher training programs.
Managed by the yoga community itself, Social Credentialing focuses on the essence of yoga—its rich diversity of lineages and styles. The intention of the system
is to be transparent and build trust using what Karpel calls a “big tent” approach,
allowing students and facilitators to read feedback from students of yoga teacher
training programs within the Yoga Alliance directory.
In Social Credentialing, students who are verified and registered with the
Yoga Alliance will be able to evaluate their experience, using some of the
How closely does the syllabus your school has registered with Yoga Alliance
reflect what was actually taught? To what extent did the program meet its learning objectives? Did you study for at least X hours in the physical presence of the
lead trainers the school has registered with Yoga Alliance? How likely are you to
recommend this teacher training program to a friend or fellow yoga teacher?
Although the primary objective of Social Credentialing is to provide oversight of
Registered Yoga Schools to ensure they are adhering to Yoga Alliance standards
they have promised to uphold, it is also designed to provide schools with constructive feedback so they can improve their performance. Because this feedback
element is important, in addition to the questions programmed into the system,
yoga schools are given the opportunity to include up to three of their own questions in the student evaluations.
The new website feature is designed to serve as a catalyst for public recognition of
quality instruction and education.
BY MIA TOGO
Like many, yoga has given me so much and I
am inspired to give back in any way I can, so
I was honored when the nonprofit Yoga Gives
Back (YGB) approached me to be an ambassador. YGB raises awareness and funding
for micro-loans to help our entrepreneurial
sisters in India finance their talents and develop
their dreams. I love that this organization
does not provide handouts; rather, it takes
our hands here in the West and extends them
across the world to uplift and encourage those
in need. YGB promotes cooperation and connection, the essence of yoga.
YGB empowers women who have been silent
to find their voice through business development and ownership. I know what it's like to
be the silent child and live in fear. My yoga
practice has been a sanctuary to understand
my darkness so I can love my truth and spread
my light. The greatest gift we can give the
world is our light—our voice—to help elevate
those around us. It's an honor to be part of this
organization that brings our world together
through the bond of Yoga.
Throughout the month of December, a
number of LA events will support Yoga Gives
100% of profits from Jala Clothing’s Yoga
Gives Back collection supports the fundraising
efforts of Yoga Gives Back: jalaclothing.org.
Dharma Smart’s Yoga Gives Back Cuff Bracelet allows the wearer to broadcast their support
for Yoga Gives Back at the same time as raising
funds for the nonprofit: dharmasmart.com.