In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, Ivy Child International in partnership with Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF) introduced an Emergency Relief Fund for yoga professionals suffering economic hardship early in the year. As a follow-on to this work, we are now introducing a second phase of assistance that invests in recovery: the Eka Recovery Fund—inspired by the Sanskrit word eka, which celebrates unity, equality, and balance.

The Eka Recovery Fund supports yoga professionals in returning to and/or sustaining their work and sponsors activities that facilitate economic recovery and align with Ivy Child and YAF’s mission: leveraging yoga for social impact, and fostering an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community. This Fund work will begin by focusing on the intersection of economic recovery, yoga service, and community outreach.

Many marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and by the bio-psycho-social impact of stress. They also often face more barriers to yoga, which can serve as a valuable tool for all communities that continue to experience high levels of stress, uncertainty, and social isolation, particularly among those that are hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.


To support ongoing access to yoga and to provide economic recovery support to yoga professionals, YAF is introducing a “Teaching for Equity” pilot program as the first activity of the Eka Recovery Fund. This pilot will provide financial support for yoga teachers with a history of teaching yoga to marginalized communities and extend access to yoga to those who may have historically been left out of the practice. This program is a global initiative and supports our organizational goal of greater equity (diversity, inclusivity and accessibility) in yoga.

November 18, 2020 to December 31, 2020



This program will provide financial support for yoga teachers who are teaching for little or no pay in historically marginalized communities, offering them stipends for ten weeks of yoga classes.

The Teaching for Equity pilot provides 25 yoga teachers with stipends for 10 weeks of teaching yoga in historically marginalized communities.

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We seek to serve communities who have historically had less access to the practice of yoga, including:

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
  • Disabled / differently-abled
  • Other marginalized communities whose services have been stopped or significantly disrupted due to the pandemic (examples include communities facing the following barriers to yoga: high poverty, limited geographic or online access to yoga, correctional institutions, schools in under-resourced areas).

Stipends will not exceed $750 USD per recipient for 10 classes.

In light of COVID-19, teaching can be done live online or in-person, depending on what is safest practice in the individual teacher’s community.

*Rate of $75 USD/class may be adjusted for teachers in non-US countries based on national cost of living indices.


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This pilot program is open to both member and non-member yoga teachers worldwide who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of yoga teaching experience
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience teaching yoga within a historically marginalized community
  • Must be actively teaching or have recently taught (within the past 9 months) in a historically marginalized community
  • Annual income <$30,000 USD OR country-based equivalent income

Selection priority will be for teachers who are personally more economically vulnerable, come from the communities where they teach, and have a history of teaching in said communities.


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Applicants can apply online (link coming soon)

Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by a committee and applicants will be notified

The four basic steps to submitting this application: 

  • Complete the application form 
  • Upload supporting documents – The application does NOT require social security numbers or other Governmental identification numbers. Therefore, prior to submitting, please make sure to cross out all social security and id numbers where present.
  • Confirm and submit 


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The Yoga Alliance Foundation leverages yoga for social impact and fosters an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community.

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