Big news. We’ve had our first official Board Meeting and we’ve drafted our Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. From a foundation of compassion and inclusion, we will offer local communities quality teaching and professional yoga teachers support through transformative programs including continuing education.
As we take this step, we will change our name. We are no longer the DC Yoga Co-op.
Why abandon this name? First, we want to avoid confusion with two wonderful online communities of yoga teachers in the region. The Yoga Co-op DC and the DC Yoga Teachers Collaborative are doing great work getting the practice out to people in the community, communicating workshops and classes and offering a forum for teachers to pose important questions and receive answers from peers.
Secondly, a cooperative is a very specific business model and as we have worked with teachers in the community, we see that our aims and purposes as an organization are much more charitable and educational than profit or benefit sharing. There is so much more we can do together to bring quality yoga teaching and transformative education to local communities.
Finally, we’re here to serve communities and teachers from around the region — not just the city. (And maybe even farther beyond? Dream big, we say.)
We chose a name that reflects the passion we have for in-person community and the connection we have through this practice. We wanted to reflect the fact that the word yoga comes from the Sanskrit seed word “yuj” meaning “yoke.” Right in the middle of our name, we placed a symbol of what excites us most – a sign that is a constant reminder to break down barriers that divide us as yogis, yoga teachers and as people on this earth.
Dear friends and colleagues: I introduce you to Yoga=Union, for short in conversation: Yoga Union.
Next: Yoga=Union, More Norma…Ray of Light