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True news - facts & supporting evidence

I recently published an article highlighting potential conflicts of interest for parties involved in the development of a National Occupational Standard (NOS) for yoga in the UK. In response to the article, an official statement from Paul Fox, Chair of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) was published on the BWY News Facebook page. The statement contains a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations of the contents of my article. Below is a summary of points from the statement I wish to address: Read More…

Regulation, Appropriation & Gatekeepers of the NHS

All has been quiet on the NOS front these past few months and many of us had assumed that the unpopular move to create a minimal yoga teaching qualification had come to no avail. The government have now dropped their funding and support for Skills Active (SA), the organisation responsible for implementing the qualification, and the company looks likely to become obsolete in the near future. Read More…

No-Sense: SkillsActive & BWY - do they dream the same dream?

I am being asked repeatedly to explain what is happening with the NOS (the BWY initiated and funded National Occupational Standard for Yoga being proposed by SkillsActive), so despite my saying I was going to have a day off, I have decided that it might be easier for me to post a summary of the slides from the NOS meeting so that everyone can see what is going on, which might stop them asking me about it!  Read More…

Yoga, Safety, Religion and Neo-colonialism

A short while ago the process to introduce a National Occupational Standard (NOS) for the teaching of Yoga was initiated by the leadership of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) based on the claim that the teaching of Yoga is currently unsafe.  They have agreed to fund Skills Active, a quasi government organisation, to begin this process. 
During a recent Radio 4 interview when I called for evidence that would support this claim, the Chair of the BWY, Paul Fox, offered only anecdotes of unsafe teaching practices.  Read More…

Standardising the Non-standard

A recent proposal from the organisation, Skills Active (SA) to create a ‘National Occupational Standard’ (NOS) within the field of teaching yoga has ignited a wave controversy in the UK. Many teachers are questioning the expertise of Skills Active to implement a standard for the branch of yoga they have specifically targeted: ‘Hatha Yoga’: Read More…

A 'national occupational standard' for yoga teachers?

There has been a lot of noise in the UK yoga community recently (and the press more widely) around creating a 'national standard' for yoga teacher training. The British Wheel of Yoga*, the organisation I trained under, are pushing for this change, with the aim to 'safeguard' students from 'dangerous' teachers. Read More…

A call for Paul Fox,to step down as chair of the British Wheel of Yoga

Debbie is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and former BWY DCT

Paul, as a BWY teacher & active member of over 15 years, I feel very saddened that you chose not to put a senior BWY teacher on that REPS panel and instead are choosing to hand over these important decisions about yoga to a corporation with so little knowledge of yoga and so little care for its integrity that they are already accrediting 5 & 6 day yoga teacher training programmes through their fitness NOS. Read More…

Sama Fabian discusses the proposed NOS

Once again, the play of political forces is in full swing in the Yoga world. We are being confronted with the peremptory fact that national occupational standards are being drawn for Yoga and that these are to be implemented next year!
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Are the British Wheel of Yoga qualified to develop an NOS?

Simon is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and former BWY DCT

Do the British Wheel of Yoga Committees' members hold the appropriate qualifications required to organise, train and administer a National Occupational Standard for Yoga Teacher Training? Read More…

The dangers of teachers who know too much

Accreditation & certification can give teachers the impression that they know for sure what is right & wrong. They might think they know how every joint works in every body, or that they know how each person feels & relates to sensation & pain. Read More…