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YJ: One of the first things you did at Yoga Alliance was create a committee to review the standards for teacher-training programs, which includes people in the yoga community outside Yoga Alliance. Why?

DAVID: One thing that was very important to me as a leader was to make sure that we reoriented our model from a hierarchical structure to a wisdom-seeking structure. For the standards-review project, I wanted to ensure that decision-making didn’t only come from the Yoga Alliance board or from the leadership team.

There are a lot of really smart people in the world and really caring yogis who can help evolve the standards. So, we divided the key questions on how to evolve the standards into eight areas of inquiry. Then we invited people into committee work to examine

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