In 2012, Circle Yoga became Circle Yoga Cooperative (CYC), the first yoga cooperative in the DC-area, and likely the largest in the country.
The CYC Board of Directors
Two students are elected to the CYC board at the annual member meeting in September. The CYC board meets at least three times per year to make major decisions about studio operations and finances. In addition to the two student-members, the board consists of the founder, at least one desk worker, and at least one teacher. The board usually includes three other employees, for a total of eight board members. The CYC board appoints a working group of studio employees, normally the directors and assistant directors of studio programs, business manager, and marketing director, who together carry out the board actions and are responsible for day-to-day studio operations.
Applications for nominees for the CYC board are solicited in August in advance of the September annual meeting.
CYC Teachers and Staff
Current teachers and staff of CYC are by definition worker-members of the cooperative. Worker-members vote for the worker-members of the board of the cooperative at the annual meeting of members, held each September. Teachers and staff are not required to vote or come to the annual meeting, and are not responsible for any debts or other obligations of the cooperative. Worker-members vote for 2-5 worker-members to become part of the coop board, including at least one teacher and at least one desk staff.
The members of the cooperative are not responsible for any debts or other obligations of the cooperative. All of our programs, from kids classes and adult classes to workshops and mindfulness offerings, are part of the Cooperative.
Our Guiding Principles
- At Circle Yoga, we believe that no one can own a community of practice. We are an autonomous community, not controlled or influenced by interests outside of our core mission.
- We work as a team – management, teachers, staff, students, our elected co-op board. We love feedback, and we use it when making policy and operational decisions for the studio.
- Our goal is to be a sustainable enterprise that provides excellent classes to students and fair wages and a supportive environment to teachers and staff; it’s not about earning money for an individual owner.
- We believe that by offering the highest quality yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness in a community-owned studio, we attract and support wonderful students, teachers and staff.
Please support our mission by becoming part of the Circle Yoga Co-op.