Currently, there are 36.7 million people who practice yoga in the U.S. The influx of practitioners across the nation also means that the demand for yoga teachers is on the rise.
With more than nine percent of the adult population catching their evening savasanas following a long day of sitting in front of a screen comes an array of exposure to risks and potential lawsuits for yoga teachers. While we know that your job requires you to “fix” your student’s posture while they're in a pose, sometimes your good intentions can result in a serious injury.
We’ll discuss five actual claims against yoga instructors that have been featured in various news headlines and what measures you can take to protect yourself from potential lawsuits.
Unsolicited Physical Manipulations
Injuries Related to Falls
How you can Protect Yourself
Ask your Clients to Sign a Liability Waiver
While this doesn’t prevent claims against you, it can help reduce potential litigation.
One study shows that with the increase in popularity of yoga, many certified trainers are not equipped with education in injury prevention. Make sure you maintain your clients’ safety through continuing education.
Get Insurance for Yoga Teachers
Cover your asanas with yoga teacher insurance from Canopy. Our policy starts at $129 per year whereas retaining an attorney can cost anywhere from $50–$1,000 per hour.
Find out more about insurance for Yoga Teachers.
*All insurance policies have conditions, limitations and exclusions. Please refer to the policy for exact coverages.