Regulation of Yoga in the UK

A number of people have contacted Harmony Yoga and have asked if our trainings are accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. Our courses are not accredited by BWY and we will not be seeking any endorsement from them. I wish to teach Vinyasa Krama Yoga and preserve its integrity without distorting it to comply with an existing syllabus. Some people are under the impression that they must have a BWY Diploma to be able to teach in the UK. The following points will clarify this situation.

1) There is no statutory regulation of Yoga in the UK and none has been recommended. It was suggested in a government review that Yoga Therapy have Voluntary Self Regulation and I believe that the British Council for Yoga Therapy have formed with this in mind. As the title suggests this is voluntary and not statutory. BWY do not regulate Yoga in the UK.

2) The BWY governing body title is a Sport England award and refers only to their status with Sport England. Sports are allowed a number of governing bodies, it is not an exclusive title. Personally, I believe that this link is inappropriate anyway, as I do not consider Yoga to be a sport.

3) The BWY have no authority to monitor Yoga in the UK and is not a British authority on Yoga teaching or practice.

As an independent Yoga teacher I have public liability insurance, first aid training and a valid CRB certificate to operate as a safe and responsible teacher.

As a graduate of our training programme you will have access to insurance with the Independant Yoga Network or insurance is available through other brokers in the UK.

IYN graduates can also join REPS, if they wish to work in the fitness industry.

I hope this makes the current UK situation clear.
Please contact me if you have any further questions.

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