UK’s first yoga union fights for fairer share of £900m-a-year industry

Tired of bending over backwards for employers, teachers join forces against downward dog eat dog world

With perfect posture and serene smiles, yoga teachers seem to have it all worked out. But as the business of lotus poses and sun salutations hits £900m a year in Britain alone, some have decided they want a fairer share. The UK’s first trade union for yoga teachers has been established with a warning that despite the “chai latte” image of their practice, many endure poverty wages.

In the footsteps of gig economy colleagues such as Uber drivers and takeaway couriers who have gone to the courts to campaign for improved terms, a new branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain is appealing to the UK’s estimated 10,000 yoga teachers to sign up. It is not, the group insists, “unyogic” to demand better pay.

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