"British Council for Yoga Therapy"
British Council for Yoga Therapy Minutes of the meeting held at the Yoga Therapy Centre Wednesday 14 June 2006 Present: Carol Horner – Independent Chair Tracy Gent – Secretary Jean Nestor –PFIH Jean Danford – FRYOG, Real Yoga Penny Roberts – Yoga Biomedical Trust, British Wheel of Yoga Robin Monro – Yoga Biomedical Trust Ann Williams – British School of Yoga Peter White – Kevala Centre Bill Feeney – Yoga for Health Education Trust Rosamunde Jordan – Footprints of Yoga Observer: Jane Grover – prospective lay member 1. Welcome and introductions: Carol welcomed Jane Grover, a prospective lay member to the meeting and all present introduced themselves. Carol also expressed her thanks to those who had undertaken a considerable amount of work since the last meeting. 2. Apologies: Lara Gorman & Marie Quail – Yoga Therapy Training Centre Jeannette Stewart – Lay member Pierre Bibby – CEO, British Wheel of Yoga Margaret Szawejko Sama Fabian and Peter Yates (observer) – Independent Yoga Network Joe Burn – Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) Moira Harper – Yoga Fellowship of N.Ireland Uma Dinsmore Tully Pamela Jack (PFIH) 3. Minutes of the last meeting were signed and approved. 4. Matters arising : Tracy Gent was requested to number the pages of the minutes. 1 Item 7 – Annual Report and Accounts: These had been forwarded to the Foundation. Tracy Gent (as acting Treasurer) had been added as a signatory to the existing bank account. Peter White and Penny Roberts had not yet been added to the list of signatories, as Tracy suggested that a new account (Agenda item for next meeting) be set up in the new name of BCYT. Item 9 – Penny Roberts could not Action: proceed any further with the database of All present to send Penny contact yoga organisations without further input details of their own organisations from the rest of the group. Tracy Gent and any others that they knew of. passed on the list she had compiled to KELPRoberts@aol.com let PFIH know who to send the Deadline: consultation document to. 28 July 2006 Jean Danford was thanked for producing the April newsletter. Action: Lara Gorman had changed jobs since Tracy to contact Lara to see what the last meeting, and could not attend progress has been made. this one, and so there was no Deadline: information about press releases. 30 June 2006 5. Further discussion of the name change from BCYT to BCY. Tracy Gent was asked to explain the background to this discussion to Jane Grover, and summed up the various views for and against the change. Others were then invited to express their opinions freely, and all present took full part in this debate. In favour of the change was the impulse of many present towards unity and inclusivity. Against the change were the very real challenges inherent in any attempt to establish a single regulatory body for the whole yoga profession at the present time: • The considerable amount of work still to be undertaken on the VSR programme before March 2008, in 2 order to establish a register of yoga therapists and yoga teachers working therapeutically in the UK under the terms of the grant from PFIH. • Lack of awareness in the profession about BCYT and its purpose. • The continuing confusion as to the respective roles and functions of regulatory bodies and professional associations. • Fragmentation and disunity in the yoga world itself. However, it was felt by many present that unity for the whole profession under Action: one regulatory body was a desirable goal All to help draft for the future. In the light of this, it was newsletter/invitation/website item. decided to keep reaching out to the Deadline: wider yoga world by means of carefully 28 July 2006 drafted newsletters and articles on the new website, to see if the experience that BCYT has gained during the VSR process can be used for the benefit of all. All present agreed to contribute to the drafting of such communiqués, so as to dispel the suspicion that seems to be prevalent at the current time. It was also agreed that all interested yoga associations and training organisations would be invited to attend BCYT meetings as observers. It was hoped that such openness and transparency would go a long way to reassuring those who were not sure of the raison d’etre of Action: BCYT. Peter White to inform “Spot On” of It was therefore decided to continue with the decision on the domain name. the name British Council for Yoga Deadline: Therapy. 23 June 2006 6. Discussion of the draft April Action: newsletter. Jean Danford to amend and add to In the light of the above decision, one the newsletter and pass it on to paragraph needed to be amended, and Tracy, and also on to the web then the newsletter would be sent out to designers for the “News” page. all organisations to pass on to their Action: members. It was also decided to send it Tracy to forward the newsletter to to as many other yoga organisations as all members of BCYT. possible in the interests of promoting 3 BCYT’s belief in transparency and inclusivity, the need for which had Action: become apparent in the discussion Penny to pass it on to the around the previous item, where it organisations being added to the became clear that there was some database. misunderstanding of BCYT’s raison Action: d’etre. This reinforced the need for an All to pass on the newsletter to up-to-date database. their members, either as hard copy, electronically, or by publishing it on their websites. Deadline: 28 July 2006 7. Discuss draft Constitution Action: Penny Roberts was thanked for the work Penny to edit the Constitution in she had done in adapting the document the light of the suggested changes kindly shared with BCYT by the and pass it on to Tracy. Aromatherapy Consortium. Action: Tracy to email amended Various adaptations and amendments Constitution to all members. were agreed on, and it was decided that, Action: at this stage, BCYT needed simpler Jean Nestor to pass on to Tracy documents relating to the regulation of documents on financial its financial affairs, which Jean Nestor regulations. volunteered to supply from PFIH. Deadline: Agenda item for next meeting 28 July 2006 8. Discuss draft business plan Agenda item for next meeting Jeannette Stewart was thanked in absentia for her work on the draft business plan. The working group emphasised that for Action: BCYT to try to administer a single Carol to invite Mike O’Farrell to register of yoga therapists and yoga attend the 6 September meeting. teachers working therapeutically would Deadline: not be financially viable, given the asap existing numbers of practitioners. It was therefore imperative that BCYT put its energies into supporting the PFIH recommendations for a federal body for CAM therapies. To further help the members of BCYT understand the financial implications of administering a register, Mike O’Farrell, Chair of the British Acupuncture Council would be invited to speak at the next meeting. In order to be able to set a realistic registration fee, the working group 4 needed to know the likely number of Action: registrants. All organisations All to send in latest membership represented at the meeting were numbers. therefore asked to send in details of their Deadline: current number of members. 28 July 2006 In the meantime, it was decided that a membership levy would be paid by each Action: organisation represented on the BCYT. Appropriate levy to be paid by This was set at £200.00 for all each organisation present. organisations with over 50 members, Deadline: and £50.00 for all those with fewer than 6 September 2006 50 members. This sum would be paid by the date of the next meeting. 9. Feedback from PFIH consultation Action: Jean Nestor said that there had been a Tracy to send a copy of the slow but steady response to the practitioner feedback form to Jane consultation document. Grover. She asked all present to emphasise to their members that the results were Deadline: being independently analysed, and that 23 June 2006 feedback forms should be sent to Abi Masterson, not the Prince’s Foundation. PFIH, are happy, though, to answer questions or resolve any difficulties people were having with either understanding the document, or filling out the response form. Tracy then said that the next stage was Action: to ask for feedback from the profession All to pass on feedback form to so that BCYT itself would have an idea their members. of the level of support for a federal Deadline: regulatory body. She handed out a 23 June 2006 response form for all to email or photocopy and send out to their members. 10. Set up a working group to report Action: on the feasibility of establishing a core curriculum for yoga therapy. Robin to contact the other four to Robin Monro undertook to set up this arrange a meeting. working group, and Ann Williams and Jane Grover put themselves forward to Deadline: help. Bill Feeney and Rosamunde Jordan, who had had to leave early, 30 June 2006 were to be asked if either wanted to also contribute. 5 11. Website update. Action: Peter White said that the designers had Peter, Tracy, Jean, and Lara to put work on hold while they waited for a work on content and style of resolution of the debate around what the website and newsletter, and liaise emerging regulatory body would be with the web designers. called, and for a response to work done so far. All present agreed that the Deadline: website layout and colours were On-going attractive, but that some of the photographs should be changed to represent a wider age range and to better reflect the image of yoga therapy. 12. AOB Jane Grover was duly co-opted onto the Council, having made several helpful contributions to the meeting. It was decided that a response to the Action: letter from Peter Yates was called for. Carol to write to Peter Yates. Deadline: 30 June 2006 In the light of concerns expressed, and Action: the continuing confusion over the Contact other yoga organisations differing functions of professional working in the therapeutic field to associations and regulatory bodies, two see if they would like to send suggestions were made. One was that a representatives to BCYT. website page should be devoted to explaining these differences as simply Deadline: and as clearly as possible; and the On-going second was to have an open door policy at our meetings – that any yoga organisation could send an observer to any meeting as long as they had given notice of their intention (just to make sure that there were enough chairs and space in the room). 13. Date of the next meeting. This was confirmed for 1.00 pm on 6 September 2006 at the Yoga Therapy Centre. 6