New York City YogaWorks Teachers Join the IAM

YogaWorks New York City teachers voted “yes” by an overwhelming majority to join the IAM. This is the first-ever union for yoga teachers and movement educators in the United States.

The IAM filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of 124 YogaWorks New York teachers in mid-October. ⠀

The teachers organized around making yoga instruction a sustainable profession, with industry standards that provide for an ethical practice that also balances the needs of profit with the core tenets of Yoga. Traditionally, the yoga and fitness industry was dominated by small “mom and pop” studios. Over the last decade, larger companies, with the backing of venture capitalist funds, have been buying up smaller studios and consolidating their market share.

The high profile organizing campaign received support all over the nation, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerAFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 

YogaWorks, Inc. is one of the largest providers of high-quality yoga instruction in the U.S.

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