ABOUT THE SHOW
For many years, it’s clear that something has been off with how we work as yoga teachers. In the 10 years that I was a full time yoga teacher, I had countless conversations with fellow teachers who were being bullied by their employer, had their classes cut unfairly, or have simply not been paid for the classes they taught. However, late last year, the world's first union for yoga teachers was created in New York for the teachers who were employees of the YogaWorks studios there. Many yoga teachers, though, are not employees.
Then, last week (early October 2020) something groundbreaking happened. A small group of committed yoga teachers in the UK (Normal Blair, Laura Hancock, Julie Pons and today’s guest, Kallie Schut) created the world’s second union for yoga teachers who are independent contractors!
Kallie Schut shares a great deal about the formation of the union (which you can read more about below) However, Kallie also does a great deal of work around decolonising yoga & antiracism training that we didn’t get into in this episode. We’ll be sure to have Kallie back to discuss those topics in the future.
ABOUT KALLIE SCHUT
Kallie is a 2nd generation British Indian living and working in London. She has had a profoundly spiritual personal sadhana for 35 years which honours her ancestral heritage.
In recent years, Kallie qualified as a yoga teacher to bring the richness of wisdom traditions and philosophy to the practice of yoga as taught in public spaces in a way which values, honours and respects the roots of yoga.
Kallie has been a lifelong social activist - advocating for those without a voice or presence in places of power and privilege - in law, the community and now in yoga. Kallie is one of the founding members of the UK Yoga Teachers Union.
Kallie harnesses the courage of her practice to challenge the yoga industry to co-create spaces which are accessible, inclusive and representative for those who feel excluded or marginalised.
Kallie runs courses to challenge and support teachers and leaders to delve deep into examining the impact of systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism through the lens of yoga and to work collaboratively to repair inequity and injustice.
FIND KALLIE SCHUT
- How the Yoga Teachers Union in the UK began
- Organising as independent contractors / gig workers
- The benefits of joining a union for yoga teachers
- How unions rebalance power in working relationships for yoga teachers
- How unions can help create more opportunity for folks who have been traditionally marginalised in the yoga community
- Tips for how you can organise in your yoga community