It unites yoga centers, teachers and their students and anyone practicing yoga interested in openness and research on hatha yoga.
The members are yogis and teachers who graduated from various schools that follow the European Curriculum set by the European Union of Yoga.
Various activities are organised by the Fidhy to stimulate communication, experimentation and reflection between teachers of different backgrounds : seminars, all-day meetings, conferences.
Yoga is originally from India and draws its roots from many ancient traditions. Yoga federations started to appear to bring together all the various cultures and inform people about yoga. With the teaching of yoga becoming a profession, a serious structure was needed to ensure standards and quality of the art was sustained.
In June 1980, a small group of graduates from the Eva Ruchpaul Institute, decided to create the Fidhy (initially named the International Federation).
The 1st president, Rene Artaud, established the Federation’s reguations. His wish was to create a dynamic structure for yoga profesionals and enthusiasts to share ideas, reasearch and their love of the art.
A few years later, in June 1996, the Fidhy was voted a national federation and in March 1998, joined the European Union of Yoga.
The list of elected presidents of the Federation is as follows : Christiane Sarrabezolles, Sylvia Ceccomori, Arié Rubin, Elisabeth Cuvillier, Claire Bornstain, Evelyne Sanier-Torre, Nicole Martin, Muriel Lagarde-Maisl, and Daniele Laffond.
Since its beginnings, the Fidhy has always tried to be a link between India and the West. Some teachers were taught by Indian yogi, others by Western professionals.
Share a wealth of experience amongst members who are able to learn form each other’s techniques
Insure a common ethic of respect of yoga ideals
But also striving to :
Advise, inform young teachers of their rights and duties
Insure the quality of the teachers’ training by visiting and regularly contacting affiliated schools
Defende the rights of professionals, students, …..
Insure job security
Assist yoga enthusiasts finding qualitfied teachers
The Fidhy affiliated teachers must attend some training courses and take part in various activities organised by the Federation. These include meetings, wokshops, internships, conferences and opportunities to write articles for the Fidhy-Infos.