We need to talk about leadership in yoga. While discussions heat up about teaching standards, sexual misconduct, inclusivity, body positivity, the commercialization of the practice, and more, we’ve seen some old leaders fall, and at the same time, new champions have emerged. In light of all this, Yoga Journal set out to talk to some of today’s preeminent voices in Western yoga about leadership—what it looks like, how it has evolved (or devolved), and what the yoga community needs right now.
Master Teacher Maty Ezraty on Yoga Right Now
This master teacher and founder of YogaWorks has seen a real evolution in the art of teaching over the years. Read on for her thoughts on the art of leadership.
The Art of Studentship and Mentorship
Want to really evolve your practice, whether you’re a student or a teacher? Here’s the secret, says Elena Brower and Amy Ippoliti.
How to Lead in Challenging Times
David Lipsius, the former president and CEO of Yoga Alliance, shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a leader in the yoga community.
Jessamyn Stanley on Moving Beyond Body Positivity
Jessamyn Stanley is so over white-centric, consumer-driven yoga. Armed with a highly articulate voice, a powerful social platform, and a whole lot of attitude, this yoga teacher and New Age thought leader has declared to the world that anybody can practice yoga. And she’s not afraid to show us how it’s done.