Who We Are

YAA Executive

President:     David McAmmond
Past President:     Anita Sielecki
Vice President:     Karen Hamdon
Secretary:     David Maulsby
Treasurer:     Erin Michie

Members At Large

Edmonton:     Karen Kirkwood
Red Deer:     Ann Waschuk
Red Deer:     Paula Carnegie Fehr
Lethbridge:     Rachel Foster, Val Kunimoto
Calgary:     Nancy Hong

YAA Staff:

Executive Director: yogaab@telus.net
Office Help: admin@yoga.ca
Teacher Training & Certification Program Coordinator: cert@yoga.ca
Newsletter Editor: nhcowley@telusplanet.net


Please contact the YAA for a current list YAA Executive Members and Staff. 780-427-8776.

Mission Statement

The Yoga Association of Alberta is a non-profit charitable organization that offers yoga activities to the public for the purpose of providing self-development opportunities. In order to develop yoga on a provincial level, the Association has representation from different regions of the province. This ensures that the Association can address the different needs of members through Alberta. The Association will establish the number of regions deemed appropriate from time to time to meet its goals.

Yoga Outreach

The Yoga Association of Alberta Outreach Program provides the opportunity for yoga programming in communities, some of which may not be able to readily access yoga, networking, connecting and fostering of relationships and partnerships between the YAA and community, agencies and schools.

Examples of YAA Outreach Initiatives include the following: At Risk Youth Project (Anti-Bullying Project); Professional Development & classroom yoga in Ecole Sifton Elementary School , Camrose; Abbottsfield in NE Edmonton with WEAC (Emergency Shelter for Women), Candora, Women’s Health Group; MIRA Society, Adults with Down Syndrome; Oliver Primary Care Centre, Strengthening Our Spirit Program, Canadian Mental Health, Recovery Acres, Correctional Service of Canada, etc.

We always appreciate financial and volunteer time donations to Outreach. A tax receipt is available. As well, gently used blocks, mats, and straps are welcomed.

For more information on the Yoga Outreach Program, contact the YAA office at yaa@yoga.ca

Code of Ethics

The Yoga Association of Alberta views its activities as promoting increased public knowledge and availability of yoga. All individuals in the association are encouraged to participate in these activities in an atmosphere of cooperation.

The Code of Ethics as adopted at the 1979 annual meeting of the Association is:

  • To treat others with dignity, respect and consideration of their circumstances
  • To act in such a manner so as to maintain and honour the traditions of yoga
  • To study, practice and expand the knowledge of yoga
  • To improve the standards of yoga within the community

Guidelines for YAA Certified Teachers based on the above Code of Ethics

Guidelines for YAA Teachers are currently under review. See a recent article from the Yoga Bridge, Responsibility and Relevance: Ethics in the Yoga Community.

  • Teachers receive a copy of the Code of Ethics and Guidelines with their YAA certification.
  • Teachers support the YAA in carrying out its Mission, Goals and Role of the Association.
  • Teachers adhere to the policies of the YAA.
  • Teachers provide accurate information regarding their credentials and training.
  • Teachers deepen their knowledge, keep up to date with new developments in yoga and maintain and improve their teaching skills. This is a requirement for both receiving recertification and for maintaining permanent certification.
  • Teachers act with financial integrity.
  • Teachers refrain from making exaggerated claims about the benefits of yoga.
  • Teachers inform students of their personal yoga philosophy and style, and practise tolerance and acceptance of the views of others.
  • Teachers do not malign other Yoga professionals.
  • Teachers are respectful, compassionate and truthful with all practitioners of yoga – fellow students and teachers alike.
  • Teachers do not discriminate against students based upon their race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age or physical ability (except in the interests of providing a yoga class suitable to the student’s needs).
  • Teachers unable to assist potential students will refer them to other teachers or to the YAA office.
  • Teachers practise some form of karma yoga based upon their skills.

Guidelines for YAA Members based on the above Code of Ethics

  • Members of the YAA should be aware of the Code of Ethics and Guidelines, which will be published annually in the Fall issue of the Yoga Bridge.
  • Members of the YAA should adhere to the Code of Ethics on an honour basis.
  • Members are aware of and support the Mission, Goals and Role of the YAA.
  • Members adhere to the policies of the YAA.
  • Members with suggestions or input may convey their ideas in writing to the YAA for consideration by the Executive.
  • Members with specific concerns regarding the conduct of a YAA certified teacher can convey these specifics in writing to the YAA Executive.
  • Members interested in becoming teachers should familiarize themselves with the YAA Teacher Training Syllabus.


The YAA does not favour, promote or recommend any particular method, teacher or yoga discipline represented on this website.

The YAA is not responsible for information contained in this website.

The YAA is not responsible for an individual’s choice of teacher.

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