Episode: 16

A New Approach & Updated Guidelines for Online Yoga Teacher Trainings with Dr. Christa Kuberry from Yoga Alliance

Welcome to Episode 16 of Let’s Talk Yoga!

The transition of yoga teachers from teaching in studios to going online has been hitting the industry with a big wave. Having experienced this myself, I reached out to Yoga Alliance to know more on how they keep the standards of yoga practice in this transition. A lot of yoga teachers and business owners, if not completely stopped teaching or closed down their studios, have to undergo that transition to earn a living. If you’re one of them, join me as I speak with Dr. Christa Kuberry from the Yoga Alliance to get some updates on Yoga Alliance’s guidelines and roadmap for 2021 and beyond.

Dr. Christa Kuberry, Vice President of Standards at Yoga Alliance, leads Yoga Alliance’s efforts in evaluating and evolving yoga teacher training standards. She is a yoga teacher, a practitioner, and a scholar. She also serves on the steering committee for the Yoga Theory and Practice Group.

Episode Highlights:

  • Christa shares her background and what she does at Yoga Alliance
  • Changes and updates to standards on studios and online studios offering yoga teacher trainings
  • Regulating yoga practice in-studio and online spaces
  • Yoga Alliance’s stand on the pre-recorded yoga teacher trainings
  • How to be involved in the community
  • Are there differences in RYS guidelines between in-studio and online yoga teacher trainings?
  • Is Yoga Alliance changing the registration model for yoga teachers?
  • Yoga Alliance’s support for people of color yoga teachers and their representation on the board
  • How Yoga Alliance handles cultural appropriation
  • YACEP guidelines for online teacher trainings
  • Improving the website for a more user-friendly interface and campaigning for a better method to send information to the members
  • What does Yoga Alliance do?
  • Is Yoga Alliance hiring?

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Dr. Christa Kuberry

Dr. Christa Kuberry leads Yoga Alliance’s ongoing efforts to evaluate and evolve yoga teacher training standards. A yoga teacher, yoga student, and yoga scholar, Christa has been practicing asana for more than 15 years and received her Ph.D. in 2015. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Yoga Theory and Practice Group at the American Academy of Religion and has most recently taught courses on Yoga, Comparative Religions, Ethics, and Wellness at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado.


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