As Oxfordshire rep for British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance trained I have my foot in both camps of a rucous that you may have heard about in the news (Radio 4 my media guru!)
This is my take and how Yoga Quota are going to ensure the best teaching for the charities and at the studios...
so what's been happening?
Standard professions like doctors have accrediting bodies (General Medical Council) but yoga hasn't exactly.
well it actually has two main ones in the UK and a few others which to my mind are lower profil. (Sorry if you are one of them!)
British Wheel of Yoga-
this is the one whose Yoga Qualifications also are standardised by ofqual so are thereby more 'official'
BUT they have had a wayward 10 years and leadership issues until a Chair called Paul Fox has just been voted in (I voted for him) to transform their offering and modernise. My personal feeling was when I looked into their courses their website was so vague and split over many regional websites that I couldn't easily work out where to go! This has changed now thank fully. But meeting lots of them now as Oxfordshire rep they are just amazing yogis with a dire need to modernise their systems! (We still take payments for events by cheque?!? Which thankfully is also changing too)
They were very old fashioned and that is whyI chose to be trained by-
Yoga Alliance Professionals
These guys are much more modern and offer these contentious intensive courses. I did one of these because, well I wanted training in an intensive results focussed way and the contact hours are the same.
BUT unless you are a nerd like me and chose an amazing course based on their academic credentials and read up WAaaaaY more than required, people fear that intensive courses devalue the qualification.
My take- I'm all for setting standards but being flexible on HOW the training is delivered (that's my stance) I work with so many intelligent Oxford students who could probably do the exams in a day(!) but if they meet the standard it shouldn't matter right? I hear about people doing GCSEs at 12 years old- they don't need 'time served' to show they know the standard material? And in a teaching context you gain experience when you start to teach - like driving! (Sooo many mixed metaphors sorry!!)
so BWY are striving to get a National Standard for yoga Professions. They are doing this through Skills Active and can accredit trainers to bring other bodies 'up' to their standards. Or aligned to their standard.
this is fair enough and the direction is good.
yoga alliance professionals are now feeling threatened and the sent a press release throwing into question BWYs independence from skills active. So that is worrying.
anyway. For Yoga Quota we are taking steps to make sure we offer the occupational standard quality yoga for charities and our studio clients alike.
I am converting my qualification to BWY's highest level (foundation degree level) which is going to be so amazing and I can't wait
All the studio teachers who have been trained in quality courses accredited by YA are joining BWY as members.
and I await the solution of the rather non-yogic verbal fight between the various bodies and look forward to having my Occupatuon accredited centrally!