Teaching for Equity

Teaching for Equity provides financial and business support for yoga teachers who are teaching for little or no pay in historically marginalized communities, offering them stipends to teach twelve free community yoga classes between February-May 2022. This program is funded and directed by Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF), with Ivy Child International and Synergy Yoga as implementing partners.

History of the program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, in May 2020 the Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF) in partnership with Ivy Child International introduced an Emergency Relief Fund for yoga professionals suffering economic hardship early in the year. In November 2020 Ivy Child collaborated with YAF on the new Teaching for Equity pilot program, created under the banner of YAF’s Eka Recovery Fund — inspired by the Sanskrit word eka, which celebrates unity, equality, and balance.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you begin filling out this application you will not be able to save and return to your partially completed content. Therefore we recommend you use this document to view the full list of questions in advance, prepare your documents and responses, and then enter them into the nomination form.

The nomination process will be open from 12 pm Eastern Time (ET) October 25th to November 15th, 2021.


The Teaching for Equity program provides financial support, resources, and community to yoga teachers who are teaching for little or no pay in historically marginalized communities. Fifty teachers will receive stipends to offer twelve yoga sessions at no cost to participants. (Teaching may be done in person or online, depending on local pandemic conditions and safety precautions.)

This program is open to yoga teachers who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience teaching yoga within a historically marginalized community
  • Actively or recently teaching (during the past year) in a historically marginalized community, for little or no pay
  • In financial need (defined as having an annual income below US$30,000 for applicants from high-income countries, or adjusted local equivalent)
  • A current/past member of the community in which they teach

The program is open to YA members and non-members, with no geographic limitations. The program is also open to candidates who have previously received funding, grants, or scholarships through other programs run by/with Yoga Alliance, the Yoga Alliance Foundation, and/or Ivy Child International. Past participants in the Teaching for Equity program are NOT eligible to apply.

Selection priority will be for teachers who are personally more economically vulnerable and have a longer history of teaching in historically marginalized communities.


  • Yoga teachers can either be nominated or can self-nominate for a competitive selection process.
      • Each teacher applying can submit only one self-nomination.
      • This nomination form is available online only.
      • For selected questions, nominators and nominees can respond either in writing or by submitting a short unlisted video. (See video instructions here).
  • Gather the following information that you will need for the nomination process:
      • Teacher profile (you can provide this with a resume, biography, website, social media pages, etc.)
      • Documentation of your work as a yoga teacher (you can provide a sample schedule showing when/where you are teaching or have taught, an email from a studio or group where you are teaching, or a website or social media post listing you as a teacher)
      • A description of the community* where you will be teaching
  • Review the questions in this form and prepare your responses to submit in the nomination form.

*The community where you will be teaching must be historically marginalized. This means that they may have been excluded in places where yoga is taught, or they may have faced barriers that have made it hard for them to take yoga classes. Below is a list of examples of historically marginalized communities. You can also propose teaching in other communities that are not on this list:

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
  • Differently-abled
  • Economically marginalized / communities with high poverty
  • Other communities whose yoga classes were stopped or significantly disrupted due to the pandemic (e.g., high poverty, correctional institutions, schools in under-resourced areas, communities with geographic / economic / technological barriers to access)


  • Yoga classes supported through this program must be offered for no cost. The stipend is provided to replace the payment that the yoga teacher would normally receive for their teaching, and it is for teachers who have continued to offer classes free of charge in communities that are currently unable to pay for yoga instruction.
  • Priority will be given to teachers who come from or are members of the communities where they teach.


We intend to process applications as quickly as possible. Yoga Alliance Foundation will notify you with the final status of your nomination by December 10th, 2021.

Stipend payment will be USD $1500  for all teachers selected for participation. This funding is to compensate for twelve yoga class sessions plus seed money for investment in program sustainability. Payment will only be issued to the approved nominees.

Please email eka@ivychild.org with questions.


All nominators/nominees must review and agree to the following statement to submit a nomination form:

“I (nominee/nominator) certify that all information is valid and complete to the best of my knowledge and hereby authorize Ivy Child International to verify any of the below information as deemed necessary. I certify that I have reviewed the Teaching for Equity Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria, and I understand that the nominee may be required to provide subsequent documentation if shortlisted.”


To apply, please fill out the grant application form below.

In case of any further queries, please email us on eka@ivychild.org.

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