COVID-19 Recommendations for Yoga Teachers and Studios
Last updated: 19-May-2020 05:18 PM
Many States are now relaxing some of their social distancing restrictions, so you will need to check with your State authority (listed below) as to what those new restrictions are. Some States can now have outdoor classes of up to 10 participants with distancing requirements. When Gyms and yoga studios are permitted to open, many hygiene and distancing rules will apply. We recommend that all students bring their own props and mats to class.
INSURANCE AND ONLINE TEACHING
Please check with your insurer that you are covered for online teaching. Most insurance houses are now allowing you to be covered for online teaching but may have differing requirements on how that is to be delivered. IYTA has been in communication with Gallagher, our recommended insurer, to clarify their position:
- Have a written legal disclaimer on your website, facebook group, youtube/vimeo/zoom account (whatever platform you are using to deliver your classes advising that participation or action in the class is at their own responsiblity.
- Let students know that there are limitations as to what they can and can't do with the information/action that is provided.
- As IYTA teachers we should already be giving precautions in our classes but it is always a good idea to remind students to not "over do" it when doing a physical class.
- Advise students to seek medical advice if they have underlying conditions affecting their asana practice.
Gallagher has stated that they are "pleased to be able to offer cover for online classes". We would still advise that if you are unsure about your policy covering to still check directly with your insurer.
Make sure you stay up to date with credible Government sources listed below.
If posting in social media regarding COVID-19 please ensure that your material is fact checked by credible sources. There is enough misinformation on the subject without yoga teachers contributing to the confusion.
This year is proving to be a very testing time for all. Please remember to take this opportunity to utilise the highly valued tools of yoga. Bring out those grounding practices of asana, breath awareness, relaxations and meditations. We will come out the other side better students and teachers.
We are all in this together, and we are committed to support you. We will continue to provide updates and information as it affects our community.