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Governing Body of Yoga in the UK
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October 31, 2011 - 10:21 pm
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I read somewhere that there is no governing body for Yoga in the UK. I beg to differ. Last time I was at the training centre, we were told that the BWY had been given this status. Am I wrong?




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There are three different registries for yoga within the UK. I'm sure the Yoga Alliance UK would like to enlighten you as to their position on this matter.

BWY is very good at marketing, misinformation, propaganda, and dogma. BWY has often claimed a monopoly despite the fact they are just one of 3 registries in the UK. The other one is the Independent Yoga Network.

The Independent Yoga Network has been around for years.


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Well i saw this post and think that it is kinda outdated so here is an article, published just recently regarding on how to be a yoga instructor in the UK. Unlike America, UK had been catering yoga but the boom seems to be just starting.... 

"The BWY is the official governing body for England, appointed by Sports England, but this fancy title comes with no power, only recognition amongst those in the know." -Anna Lisinki 

You can read the whole article here: Yoga Teacher Training: The Truth Behind Becoming A Yoga Teacher

:) Send me some insights Wink



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Hi Julie,

This is still a good subject that is full of misinformation.  There are three registries for Yoga in the UK: British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance UK, and the Independent Yoga Network. British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) used to posture themselves as an arm of the government and use marketing language to scare teachers into joining their organization. In reality, they were never part of the government, but they are a very clever company.

The ploy was based upon fear and this is a tactic that most of the world's registries use today. "Sport England is a brand name for the English Sports Council and is a non-departmental public body." according to Wikipedia.  BWY was a pioneer in fear tactics and this lead to many copy cat registries who still try to scare teachers into joining.

To those who scare easily, do your research. If your government wants to control yoga they will let you know to pay up or they will close you down. Your government won't hire a puppet registry to collect taxes, fees, or dues for them.


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Thanks Cobalt, 

Hope yoga teachers in the UK can practice and teach more. I hope this info can help a lot of people... Smile


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Thank You Julie, 

Since there are 3 registries in the UK, teachers over here have more options than before.  Yoga is everywhere. Even in the villages, Yoga has grown steadily and many classes can be found for those who are looking.  Confused


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This is interesting because BWY has the most money of the 3 UK registries and they like to make the uninformed think they are the only game in the UK. Sadly, their marketing efforts have not been completely truthful. Also, Yoga Alliance in the States will register UK teachers, which is very lucrative because a YA is internationally recognized. If you want to run a training or retreat, it will be easier to get it going with international recognition.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dreamy, Do you have shares in YA? Yes, it's true they are globally expanding, but I have to wonder if you are intentionally promoting them. YA is concerned with US yoga issues, which is great for Americans, but if I teach in Bristol within the UK, I'm reading about yoga in the States. That's not helpful at all, unless I intend to visit the US. I do agree that their credential has global reach; especially if one was to run a retreat.

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