Insurance & Continuing Education

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we provide resources for teaching insurance and Yoga Alliance requirements for RYTs.

Objective

Become aware of resources for insurance and Yoga Alliance requirements for RYTs.

Description

Provide reasons to get yoga insurance and understand that Yoga Alliance registration is not required to obtain insurance. Name multiple insurance provider choices. Explain Yoga Alliance requirements for RYT continuing ed. Describe what is meant by the terms Contact Hours and Non-Contact Hours, plus activities that qualify for Non-Contact Hours.

Insurance

Advisements to Get Insurance

IS IT ADVISABLE TO GET TEACHING INSURANCE?

One of the common questions that both freelance yoga teacher and new yoga studio owners will ask is, do I need insurance and if so, what kind? The answer to this question is: most definitely. Not only do you need insurance, but you need the right kind. – Jules Barber

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Despite a yoga instructor’s best efforts to teach safe yoga practices, injuries do happen. Students sometimes push themselves beyond their limits, fail to communicate medical conditions, or practice postures incorrectly. With over 5,000 yoga-related emergency room visits each year and possibly even more doctor’s visits, injuries happen more often than we’re aware of. Lawsuits are expensive and yoga insurance protects you against claims regarding unexpected yoga accidents and occurrences that come along with teaching even if you’re not at fault. – beYogi

Provider Links

Reports to date indicate that no insurance providers require Yoga Alliance registration. If any of them do, please let us know and we’ll call them out here.

Here’s the list of insurance providers we’ve found over time. Please write in if you know of others.

  1. beYogi — Insurance for Yoga Teachers
  2. IDEA Health & Fitness Association — Yoga Insurance
  3. NAMASTA – Liability Insurance for Yoga
  4. National Association of Complementary & Alternative Medicines — Yoga Teachers Liability Insurance
  5. Philadelphia Insurance Companies — Yoga Instructor Liability Insurance
  6. Yoga Journal —Liability Insurance

Continuing Education Requirements

Basic Facts

  • Yoga Alliance does not certify yoga teachers, nor does it provide accreditation of trainers or training schools. Yoga Alliance does not assess or certify teaching competency. It provides a registry, which is a list.
  • Neither teachers nor trainers are required to be registered with Yoga Alliance or any other organization.
  • Teaching and studio insurance may be obtained without Yoga Alliance (or any other) registration.

Pay the Yoga Alliance Fees.

Contact Yoga Alliance to Verify

  • Here we’ve summarized and combined information from multiple pages on the Yoga Alliance website so that you can easily see the requirements at a glance, particularly for non-contact hours.
  • For more information or if you’re submitting your continuing ed information to Yoga Alliance, please verify that their requirements haven’t changed.

Yoga Alliance Registry Separate from Yoga Therapy

  • For information on the 2016 changes to YA registry as they particularly concern Yoga Therapy, see here.

YA Continuing Ed Requirements for RYTs

Overview

  • Every three years starting from the initial date of registration with YA, RYTs must submit a minimum of 45 hours of yoga teaching and 30 hours of yoga training.
  • RYTs are required to submit a written reflection or evaluation of each activity, to demonstrate what was learned and how it relates to the educational categories and CE Requirements.

30 Hours of Yoga Training

Defining Contact Hours

  • An in-person classroom hour in the physical presence of a qualified Continuing Education Provider.
  • Examples of acceptable CE Contact Hour activities include: yoga teacher training, workshops, courses at a college, and discussion or study groups.

Defining Non-Contact Hours

  • Learning outside of the classroom, without qualified CE Provider present
  • Must be directly related to one of the five YA Educational Categories
  • Earned by completing one hour of any of the following activities.

Non-Contact Hour Activities

  • Reading a book or article, or watching a video that deepens your yoga practice and/or understanding,
  • Being a student participant in a webinar or taking an online or correspondence course,
  • Receiving remote mentoring,
  • Authoring yoga books, articles, videos or other media for public dissemination (e.g., in newsletters, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, online, etc.)*, and
  • Creating class materials for distribution to students.

Submitting Hours to YA

Teaching Hours (for Continuing Ed or upgrades)

  • Log in to your online account, which sends you to your “Dashboard.”
  • Select the menu item on the left for “My Teaching Hours.”
  • You should be on the “My Teaching Hours” page. Select the green button to “Add Teaching Hours.”
  • Enter in your hours, using a close approximation of the hours you taught during a particular time period. You can make as many or as few entries as you like. Simply select the start and end dates using the calendar wizard (all dates must be entered in month, day, year format). Then, select the class type and enter the total number of hours taught during that time frame.
  • Additional fields are optional, such as the average number of students that you taught per class, location, and notes. This additional information is not required by Yoga Alliance, but you may find it useful for your own records.

Training Hours (for Continuing Ed only)

  • Log in to your online account, which sends you to your “Dashboard.”
  • Select the menu item on the left for “My Training Hours”
  • You should be on the “My Training Hours” page. Select the green button to “Add Training Hours.”
  • Enter in the time frame, the activity, and the number of training hours completed in that time frame (all dates must be entered in month, day, year format). Specify whether these hours were Contact or Non-Contact Hours.
  • Additional fields are optional, such as location, and notes. This additional information is not required by Yoga Alliance, but you may find it useful for your own records.