Ministry of Presence

If you had a voice, what would you say? Young people were asked this question and answered:

We need to learn independence in a good way, we need to learn how to say “no!” and make a good choice for ourselves, despite our parents or other influences.

The young people are looking for guidance in finding agency and they are looking for support in finding their voice, they are looking for mentorship in finding their own way to well being.

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Yoga on Remembrance Day

A powerful reminder of the importance of peace

Instill Conference - Yoga on Remembrance Day

It has struck me several times that we are holding the Instill conference this
year on Remembrance Day (11th November), in remembrance of those who gave their lives in war. The link to me is obvious as it was to the young men in Sierra Leone, where I have been teaching. How does a yogi go to war? The link between inner equilibrium, peace and connection and the outward manifestation of it, is tangible for anyone who practises yoga. The link between inner peace and the future peace of our country are obvious. (notwithstanding the story of Arjuna.)

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NOS Update – Letter from Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

Here is an enlightening letter from MP, Rt Hon Anne Milton stating that there is NO REQUIREMENT by the government for the NOS to be used in defining standards in yoga. She states that NOS for yoga in England cannot be enforced if the majority of yoga teachers do not feel they are necessary.

Certainly from the yoga teachers we have spoken to, the overwhelming majority are NOT in favour of these standards.

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National Occupation Standards

Where do Yoga Alliance Professionals stand?

Skills Active have produced a survey of NOS guidelines which they are inviting all yoga teachers to complete.

YAP's stand on NOS

The standards can be found here and the NOS survey can be found here.

There is debate in the yoga world about the pros and cons of filling out or simply ignoring it. Before we look at the arguments, it is worth taking a quick look at what led to the survey and its implications for yoga teachers in the UK.

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The Plot Thickens (NOS)

The plot thickens on the NOS

The plot (or is it soup?) thickens…We reported before on the tight control the BWY has on the NOS steering group, and how applications for inclusion by many prominent studios and organisations like ours were ignored in favour of a few hand-picked supporters within BWY clan.

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NOS Survey

We have sent the survey link to our members in the interests of transparency. National Occupational StandardsIt is up to you to decide what you want to do with it. We do want to emphasise that so far everything skill active have done has been evasive, opaque and completely ignored the many voices raised in opposition or simply requesting more information. Our view is therefore that you can complete the survey-hopefully negatively-or simply ignore it.

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