Yoga Alliance UK is founded by Bruce Mackay and Brian Cooper.
We amended our membership levels to move away from RYT and updated our badges.
We changed our name to Yoga Alliance Professionals to represent ourselves as an international organisation for professionals yoga teachers.
We continue to invest in exciting new features to help promote quality yoga teachers.
In 2006 Yoga Alliance UK was established after co-founder Brian Cooper contacting then CEO of YA USA, Stephen Russell. At the time, they did not want a presence in the UK and were happy to support us in setting up a similar organisation specific to the UK. Once we were up and running, they stopped all communication and digging a little deeper; we discovered that Stephen Russell was no longer on their Board. At this point, we were with their guidance already established with active members.
To get a clear picture of why Yoga Alliance UK came into being, we need to look at the founders Brian Cooper and Bruce Mackay. Understanding a little about their backgrounds, experience and passions will help with this.
Brian has been practising yoga for over 50 years, teaching since 1988 and training new teachers since 1996. Brian has a very scientific and no-nonsense approach to yoga and is a truth-seeker. He was one of the first group of Ashtanga Yoga adopters who trained with the late Derek Ireland. That group included John Scott, Liz Lark, Brian Cooper, Hamish Hendry and others and they were responsible for the growth and expansion of Ashtanga Yoga in the UK. Brian later went on the train directly with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.
Bruce's background is more the meditation and esoteric side of the practices. He has visited ashrams in India, worked with a shaman in the mountains of Peru, completed long Vipassana meditation courses and carried out 41-day fasts in the jungles of Thailand. He has a fascination with how to take an idea in mind and make it a reality. He started practising Iyengar yoga in 1992, and by 1999, having studied Ashtanga Yoga for many years with Brian was teaching. That same year he co-established The Yoga Shop UK to source and manufacture quality products.
Together they opened Union Yoga Studio in 2004, where they both taught regular classes. Brian drove the Teacher Training program while Bruce managed the studio and workshop program. It involved inviting many top name teachers from around the globe to teach in Scotland and the UK.
By 2006 the overwhelming feedback from visiting senior teachers and Brian's teacher training course was that the level of practice and teachers was dropping dramatically.
That became the driving force to establishing Yoga Alliance in the UK.
Where there are qualifying criteria stated, these are our MINIMUM requirements. We also have a series of recommended Best Practices, which while not compulsory are much closer to the levels we'd like to see all Trainers and Teachers adopt. Check our website for more details on Best Practices.
Yoga Alliance Professionals has grown to become an internationally recognised yoga organisation, with members and training courses all around the world!
We have two offices. The main office is based in Edinburgh, UK and we also have an office in Costa Rica!
Yoga Alliance Professionals is a full Not for Profit organisation with 100% of the membership fees invested in the business.
You can find our details on Companies House under;
YOGA PROS ORGANISATION LIMITED is a Scottish registered Company Number SC502923 with the trading address at:
10/2 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4JE, Scotland, UK
We encourage both existing and potential new members to watch our feature video, which walks through all the exciting features and initiatives we have been working. It includes a demonstration of the systems and campaigns; we have created for our members to help them promote themselves and generate leads. It also shows our new badges system, which means our members can display their training qualifications visually. You will see where we invest the member subscription fees.