Our Mission & Philosophy

YOGABODY & The Yoga Teachers College

An intelligent yoga practice can relieve stress, balance your hormones, help you maintain a healthy weight, and increase strength and flexibility. The tools you learn in a YOGABODY class are immediately useful in your busy and challenging life. While many forms of fitness are age-centric or limited in scope, yoga is a lifelong practice with far-reaching benefits that compound over time.


5 Principles of Practice

Practice is everything. At YOGABODY, everything starts and ends with the practice. When you get that right, when you commit to it, the theory, techniques and methodology all flow naturally.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. When you come to YOGABODY, expect strong classes, challenging poses, clarity in teaching, and a supportive environment where transformation is expected.

Balance is the greatest goal in health. Everything at YOGABODY integrates mind and body, breath and movement, nervous system balance and nutrition to help you live the best life you can. Balance in all aspects of health is our ultimate goal.

Food matters. To practice yoga without intelligent nutrition is like trying to run uphill with rocks tied to your ankles. Food is the biggest variable in your health, and we teach a non-dogmatic approach to nutrition based on modern science and real-world application.

Be your own guru. In daily classes, there is no chanting, chakras or incense. We believe fitness science should be taught and spirituality should discovered, personally and individually. We reject group-think and dogma, and respect each individual as both a student and a teacher in their own right. We’re a secular organization and welcome people of all faiths.


Our Teaching Tools

Yoga Poses   |   Breathing Exercises   |   Science-Based Nutrition



The 3-Legged Stool of Health

At YOGABODY, we look your health as a three-legged stool. The legs are electrical (nervous system), chemical (hormone system), and bacterial (the microbiome); and everything we practice and teach aims to restore balance to these areas.


Business & Entrepreneurship

The yoga market is a $29 billion industry, and yet there are hardly any yoga teachers who are business leaders. The market is currently controlled by opportunistic investors, and ironically, the yoga teachers who create the market often end up struggling financially with no real support system or clear path forward in business.

At YOGABODY, we train and educate the future health and wellness leaders; and at the same time, we train students how to own and operate their own businesses. For yoga to gain the respect and impact it deserves, we need yoga people in charge, and a big part of our education and support model is designed to foster entrepreneurial leadership.

 

Ethics, Codes of Conducts, Terms & Conditions

CODE OF ETHICS: YOGABODY and the Yoga Teachers College hold all staff, trainers, and certified teachers to a very specific code of ethics designed to foster respect, create safe practice spaces, and develop a trusting community worldwide.

  • Sexual Conduct: teachers and trainers are not permitted to be romantically involved with trainees and healthy and appropriate boundaries are expected during both work and non-work related hours. In the situation where a romantic relationship develops, teachers and trainers are required to let management know immediately so the situation can be handled professionally.

  • Financial Considerations: all pricing, payment, and membership fees, terms and conditions must be clear and easy-to-understand. Bait-and-switch pricing, unethical discounting, or any sales technique that is not intrinsically fair and transparent is disallowed both within YOGABODY-owned companies and among certified teachers.

  • Teach What You Know: YOGABODY teachers are qualified mind-body fitness professionals, not therapists, doctors, or any other role students might ask them to play. Teaching what you know implies that teachers set appropriate boundaries with their advice, recommendations, and assistance to students; and like a professional, refer students to other experts when questions fall outside of their area of expertise.

    In terms of yoga poses, breathing techniques, and other practices, YOGABODY requires that teachers first practice something 100 times themselves before teaching any pose or technique to students. We believe “Practice is everything,” and without it, no teaching can occur.

  • Be of Service: yoga teachers are service providers, and first and foremost, teachers must put the wants and needs of their students first. Our agenda is based on our students’ agendas; we are here to help them achieve their mind-body fitness goals.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EDUCATORS: in both our training programs and public classes, YOGABODY welcomes students from all religious, ethnic, and gender groups. All our staff and trainers embrace diversity, and we aim to serve as many different types of people as possible. We also welcome students with learning disabilities, physical handicaps, and language challenges. We are not equipped to handle acute illness, drug/alcohol addiction, or severe mental health illnesses, but will do our best to help you find someone who can help.

CODE OF CONDUCT: All trainees are expected to treat their fellow trainees and trainers with respect both on and off the mat. This includes, but is not limited to: verbal and written communication, feedback, teaching reviews, lectures, and personal time. Under no circumstances will rude, disruptive, racists, or offensive behavior be accepted. Disruptive or rude behavior can be used as grounds for dismissal from a course.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: The Yoga Teachers College is a professional training school and does not guarantee or sell certifications. All qualifications are merit-based, and failure to attend sessions, failure to pass at 85% or higher, and failure to meet the requirements of each section of the course are grounds for dismissal without refund.

REFUND POLICY: Course deposit payments are non-refundable at any time for any reason. All course deposits are final. All other course tuition and fees are 100% refundable up until 60 days prior to course start date at which time all payments become 100% non-refundable for any reason at any time. If for any reason, a student leaves a course, is expelled from a course, or fails a course, tuition fees are non-refundable.

COMPLAINTS & FEEDBACK PROCEDURE: We value your feedback and honor any request for help or reconsideration. Any and all complaints and/or feedback can be sent to our headquarters at training@yogabody.com and you can expect a reply within 48 hours.