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 can have an immediate, positive impact on 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.


Five 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. We’re a secular organization and welcome people of all faiths. There is no chanting, no chakras, and no incense in our classes. We teach the science of mind-body fitness, not religion or spirituality. We reject groupthink and appreciate individuals as both students and teachers in their own right.


Our Teaching Tools

Yoga Poses   |   Breathing Exercises   |   Science-Based Nutrition



The Three-Legged Stool of Health

At YOGABODY, we view your health as a three-legged stool. The legs are electrical (nervous system), chemical (hormone system), and bacterial (the microbiome)—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 double as business leaders. The market is currently controlled by opportunistic investors and coincidentally, 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 future health and wellness leaders, and at the same time, teach 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 Conduct, 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 become romantically involved with trainees, and healthy, appropriate boundaries are expected before, during, and after work. If a romantic relationship does develop, teachers and trainers are required to let management know immediately so the situation can be handled professionally.

  • Financial Considerations: All pricing, payment, 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 give appropriate advice, recommendations, and assistance, and 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 teachers to practice something 100 times 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 teachers must put the wants and needs of their students first and foremost. 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, racist, or offensive behavior be permitted. 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. Failure to attend sessions, failure to pass exams with a score of 85 percent 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 percent refundable up to 60 days prior to the course start date, at which time all payments become 100 percent non-refundable for any reason. 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 [email protected] and you can expect a reply within 48 hours.