2020-2021 Course Catalog
Note: Due to current health orders, this session will primarily use virtual classrooms as approved by the Yoga Alliance. In person studio hours, electives, and group assignments will be scheduled once the social distancing orders have been lifted. We will conduct as much of the program online, then proceed with in person lessons as directed by the Yoga Alliance and Texas State officials. This will not affect your ability to complete the program. Program officials will meet on the last day of each month to reassess, update the students, and schedule classroom/studio/group lessons as permitted.
Congratulations on taking the first step in becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance®. This program is much more than asana (physical practice, philosophy, experiential understanding). Teacher Training is a process, not a means to an end. It is intended to take you into your stuff a little (or a lot) and then show how the practice can support your growth and unfolding. The only way you can really inspire others to go deep into their practice (and themselves) is to first have experienced it directly. In Yoga Teacher Training, you are the scientist AND the guinea pig. And your mat and cushion are your laboratory.
We move progressively in all aspects (anatomy, asana, philosophy, and energetics). The program is designed to be a full spectrum exploration of Yoga. You will be exposed to different approaches to Asana and Yogic Philosophy, there will be different teachers with different voices (and possibly different approaches). We are NOT trying to teach you any one right way to teach Yoga. We ARE trying to teach you that Yoga has many different approaches and voices, and support you in finding YOUR voice to share this practice with others. This means that your practice and exploration of the content outside of the program is paramount.
This program is a mix of in person studio/classroom hours and online classroom & homework.
Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. Homework for this program is designed to help you understand and integrate the material you are learning, and to prepare you for the upcoming content. The program will include video, slides, lectures, Q&A, discussion, guest instructors/speakers, and homework actionable items. You will also have access to a private group forum for discussion and Q & A. The structure of this program is designed for you to get the greatest benefit, apply what you are learning and work it into your busy schedule. We know that life is a challenge at times, and full, but we are committed to helping you get most out of this program and keeping up with the assignments, and completing them on time.
The Owls Nest Yoga Teacher Training Program is open to all yoga students who would like to become teachers or deepen their knowledge and practice of yoga. We believe that the teaching of yoga is both a science and an art and have created our curriculum accordingly. Our comprehensive program will provide participants the knowledge, practice and experience to become innovative, dynamic, inspiring, well-versed yoga teachers ready to teach from day one. Our program follows the Yoga Alliance Guidelines (New Standards 2020) and The Owls Nest is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the Yoga Teacher Training program, trainees receive a 200-hour The Owls Nest Yoga Teaching Training Certification, enabling them to become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT 200) with the National Yoga Alliance.
This 200-Hour Teacher Training Program will teach students how to plan purposeful classes focused on intentional sequencing, sensible use of teaching techniques, and knowledge of how the body moves. Students will learn effective communication skills, how to adapt to the energy of the class, and how to provide a space that facilitates well-being for the individuals who attend their classes. Additionally, by studying the history and philosophy of yoga, ethics for teaching yoga in modern society, self-care practices, and yoga’s subtle, energetic teachings, students will become inspired to continue exploring within their own practice, to continue inquiring and learning about current topics within the field of yoga, and to share it with others.
The Owls Nest Yoga Teaching Training Program was developed to provide quality yoga education to students who wish to teach yoga, primarily vinyasa flow style. By learning to become confident, effective communicators, teach in a caring, ethical way, and discover their own unique style and voice, The Owls Nest trained teachers will be prepared to offer purposeful, meaningful yoga classes. The Owls Nest Yoga Teaching Training Program is open to all students who wish to become yoga teachers or seek to deepen their own yoga practice and journey.
The Owls Nest provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for students to practice yoga and other healing activities. We recognize that in today’s world, yoga students have little time to squeeze their practice into the day-to-day routine, so we strive to teach our classes with purpose, intention, and care for each student’s wellbeing. The Owls Nest community is a supportive, nurturing place to practice self-care through yoga; it inspires students to live a yogic lifestyle, bringing the practice to every aspect of life.
The Owls Nest Yoga Teaching Training Program was created in 2020 by Shavonne Spence, E-RYT. The school is centrally located in Wise County, TX. The Owls Nest Yoga Teaching Training Program is approved by the Texas Educational Approval Board (TEAB). The school’s curriculum follows the Yoga Alliance most current standards/guidelines and is a Registered School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the program students will receive a Certificate of Completion and can apply for registration with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT 200).
The Owls Nest Yoga Teaching Training Program meets and exceeds the standards set by Yoga Alliance to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200- hour level (RYT 200). Yoga Alliance requires the completion of the core curriculum (common across all RYS 200s) inclusive of lineage, style, or methodology, emphasizing key learning goals and desired outcomes. The 4 “core curriculum” categories aimed at ensuring confidence across 12 clearly-defined competencies:
1. Anatomy & Physiology
Skeletal system – Major bones
Skeletal system – Types of joints
Skeletal system – Major muscles involved in asana
Skeletal system – Types of contraction
Nervous system, incl. ‘fight, flight, freeze’ stress response, vagal theory, overall mind-body connection
Cardiovascular/circulatory, endocrine, digestive systems as they relate to yoga practice
Respiratory system, incl. muscles that affect breathing, involuntary vs. voluntary breath, and how air enters and leaves the body
Types of joint movement
Safe movement as it pertains to balancing, stretching, awareness, and physical limitation
Contraindications, misalignments, adaptations
2. Techniques, Trainings, Practice
Poses specific to RYS’s lineage—must include sukhasana and savasana
Complete sequencing (asana, pranayama, meditation) to achieve particular effect safely
Shared anatomical and alignment principles plus contraindications
Pranayama (the practice of breath control in yoga) & Subtle Body
Complete sequencing of pranayama safely, including alternatives and adaptations
Effects of pranayama on anatomy and subtle body
Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, among others
Koshas, kleshas, chakras, nadis, and prana vayus
Key meditation terms
Meditation methods by lineage
Ability to practice school’s chosen meditation practice
Chanting, mantras, and mudras
3. Yoga Humanities
Description Term ‘yoga’
School’s lineage, style, and methodology
Dates and key ideas such as the Vedas, Vedanta, Hatha, Colonial, Modern
Definition of yoga and key terms
Relationship between asana, pranayama, meditation per school’s approach
Familiarity w/ major yogic texts (i.e., Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
Self-reflection on how philosophy relates to practice
Description Awareness of Yoga Sutras or similar yogic ethical precepts
Relationship to Yoga Alliance’s Ethical Commitment
Comprehension of and responsibility to increase equity in yoga
General professionalism, including timeliness, consistency, cleanliness
Marketing and promotion
Liability insurance, waivers, invoicing
4. Professional Essentials
Practicum [Practice Teach]
Description Knowledge, skills, experience across 12 key competencies
Mentorship component, incl. apprenticeship, feedback
Cueing (verbal, visual, physical)
Yoga-related professional organizations, including the Yoga Alliance Credentialing Process
Ethical Commitment, including Scope of Practice, Code of Conduct, and Equity Position Statement
Lifetime of learning and continuing education
Ayurveda, Aerial Yoga
SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga)
This common core curriculum will signal quality and safety in yoga training and teaching to the practicing yoga community. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all hours having attended the regularly scheduled program hours, by fulfilling all homework requirements, which include readings, written assignments, and journaling.
School Facilities and Location
The Owls Nest Yoga Teacher Training Program is located at 301 S. Washburn St. Ste. D, Decatur, TX 76234. The Owls Nest is conveniently located in the center of Wise County. Our studio is warm and welcoming, with an earthy and reclaimed, soft design and atmosphere. We offer a variety of yoga classes per week, as well as workshops and guest teachers and presenters. Our yoga room is equipped with some yoga props (blocks, blankets, bolsters, and straps). We offer mats for students to use free of charge, and light refreshments available for sale as well.
Ownership and Governance
Shavonne Spence is the owner and program director of The Owls Nest Teacher Training.
The Owls Nest Teacher Training Program reserves the right to make changes or revisions to this catalog. Every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of information written in this document. Class topics for specific dates and times, however, may be changed to accommodate teacher scheduling.
Requirements for Program Admission
- Applicants should be 18+ years of age
- Completed application with application fee (added to your tuition)
How to Apply
To apply to the program, please submit the completed application documents along with the application fee. You may apply online, mail or drop off the application. Application details are included at the end of this catalog. We will contact you within three weeks of your application submission to finalize the admission process. Please understand that application to the program does not guarantee acceptance. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions about the program during this time. You will be notified of your acceptance into the program via email or mail.
Within 14 days of acceptance into the program, make their full or first payment to ensure their spot and status as a student of the program.
To encourage applicants who are willing to attend this entire training, the application deposit is due with the completed application. You will be refunded the within two weeks should you not be admitted to the program.
Studio Discounts and Benefits
For the duration of the program, students enrolled in The Owls Nest Yoga Teacher Training Program are given 3 free weekly classes at The Owls Nest, a 15% discount on workshops, and a 15% discount on retail merchandise. *Once the studio re-opens.
Tuition and Fees
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for current year tuition.
Open entry as available.
Additional Costs for Supplies
Required Reading Books
Student Progress Reports
A final paper, a final written exam, and a final practical exam (with teaching demonstration) will be used to assess the student’s understanding of the material presented. The final paper, final written exam, and final practical exam will show the student has obtained an understanding of the information presented during the training.
Final Paper: The final paper will cover the student’s overall personal growth through the program as well as goals after completion. It will include specific topics of high interest learned during the program, any personal realizations that resulted from this intensive study of yoga as well as the student’s goals for teaching yoga after the completion of the program. The final paper will be graded on having answered all of the questions given in the instructions for the final paper and will be graded pass or fail. Instructions for the final paper will be handed out 4 weeks before it is due.
Final Written Exam: The final written exam will cover the core competencies. Attending Classes: Students are asked to practice a minimum of 2 yoga classes per week at The Owls Nest, at home, or any yoga studio. Students enrolled are offered free classes for the duration of the program.
Satisfactory progress is defined as actively participating during the training program, as well as completion of all homework (including required reading, assignments, and discussion questions from the program manual), journaling, and passing the final paper, written final exam and practical (teaching) final exam. Students cannot pass the training until the program requirements are met. Students struggling to meet the program requirements will be given an opportunity to make satisfactory progress through personal attention with the Program Director and/or faculty through make-up hours. Students will also receive updates on their progress orally as well as through homework and responses to their journaling.
Unsatisfactory academic progress is defined as a no participation in classes, incomplete homework assignments (not reading required texts and not completing program manual discussion questions or assigned homework), not making up missed hours and not passing required exams. Students may retake the written final exam one time and re-write the final paper one time if they do not pass on the initial attempt, for a total of two attempts per exam or paper. If a student does not pass after the second attempt for either of the exams or paper, the student will not pass the program. Should student progress not be satisfactory, at any point during the training, the student will be placed on probation and will be notified via email immediately to schedule a meeting with the Program Director and/or faculty to discuss ways to improve progress and complete any past requirements. The student will stay on probation until the progress becomes satisfactory. See “Satisfactory Progress” above. In the event a student does not achieve satisfactory progress by completing required readings, homework assignments, and program manual discussion questions and journaling, or the student is not able to make up missed hours, or the student does not pass an exam after two attempts, as determined by the Program Director and/or faculty, the student can be released from the program and the refund policy will be followed, if applicable, depending on the number of weeks of the program the student has completed. Students may continue to attend classes, regardless of their exam performance. They will, however, not receive certification unless they meet the requirements stipulated above and have successfully passed all exams, completed all required reading and homework, and have completed all attendance requirements. Additionally, certification will not occur if the student fails to demonstrate safe instruction during the final practical (teaching) exam, the student fails to demonstrate understanding of the material presented in the final paper and final written exam (after two attempts), or the student violates the Code of Ethics.
Graduation Requirements and Certificate of Completion
To receive a Certificate of Completion from The Owls Nest Yoga Teacher Training school, students must pass all exams, complete all papers and homework satisfactorily, and meet attendance requirements. Once the Certificate of Completion is received, students are eligible to apply for registration with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-Hour level.
Student records are retained at The Owls Nest studio or its home office in either computer or paper files. The records retained are the application, exam completion/grades, attendance records and a copy of the Certificate of Completion. All records, except for the Certificate of Completion, will be stored for a period of seven years from the date of graduation. The Certificate of Completion will be kept permanently. Records are private. Students must contact The Owls Nest in writing to obtain records or a replacement Certificate of Completion. Records will only be sent to the program participant. There is a $25 fee for replacement certificates.
The Owls Nest yoga teacher training program curriculum is covered over the following three sections:
History - YH (class number 101, 102, 103)
Philosophy - PH (class number 201. 202. 203, 204)
Anatomy - AP (class number 301, 302, 303, 304)
Physiology - AP (class number 401, 402, 403)
Biometrics - AP (class number 501, 502. 503)
The Asana (posture or pose)
Asana - TTP (class number 601, 602, 603, 604)
Pranayama - (the practice of breath control in yoga) & Subtle Body- TTP (class number 701, 702, 703, 704, 705)
Meditation - TTP (class number 801, 802, 803, 804)
Practicum [Practice Teach] - PE (class number 901, 902, 1208)
Teaching Methodology - PE (class number 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005)
Professional Development - PE (class number 1101, 1102, 1103
Ethics - YH (class number 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1206, 1207)
Anatomy & Physiology
Physical Anatomy & Physiology - Upon completion of the program the student will be exposed to the various organ systems of the body as well as the effects of stress on those systems. The student will be familiar with anatomical terms describing bones, muscles, and movement. Greater emphasis will be placed on applied kinesiology (understanding how the bony structure of the body is intended to move). Discussions will focus on safety and sustainability in yoga postures. Energetic (Subtle) Anatomy & Practices - Upon completion of the program the student will be familiar with the anatomy of beings from a yogic view, which includes shariras, koshas, pranavayus, chakras, and nadis. Energetic practices will also be covered, including bandhas, pranayama (three-part breathing, cooling and energizing breath practices), and mudra.
History of Yoga, Philosophy & Ethics - Upon completion of the program the student will be familiar with the history of yoga, the story of the Bhagavad Gita, and the eight limbs of yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, with a focus on the Yamas and Niyamas. The student will also be familiar with Yoga’s relationship to Ayurveda. Furthermore, the student will learn about ethics and scope of practice for yoga teachers as well as yoga teacher self-care and nutrition.
Upon completion of the program the student will be familiar with the history, purpose and benefits of meditation, how to practice and teach a simple 5-step meditation, and how to incorporate other meditation practices into daily life.
Techniques, Training, Practice
Asana/Posture/Pose Breakdown - Upon completion of the program, the student will have a solid understanding of the different aspects of a posture and how to teach the posture using that information, which includes, but is not limited to: physical and energetic alignment, proper cues, modifications and variations, use of props, preparatory postures, hands-on assists, counterposes, benefits and contraindications.
Yoga Class & Sequencing Breakdown - Upon completion of the program the student will be able to properly create and sequence a purposeful and effective class, using the proper organization of the sections that make up a class (including, but not limited to, warm-ups, body of class, peak pose, counterposes, closing, savasana, etc.) and understand the details about what postures and information is included in each section, as well as the time it takes to move through each section of yoga class.
Teaching Methodology, Professional Essentials - Upon completion of the program the student will understand how to properly structure a class, how to manage time and energy within a class, how to properly cue and use voice, including volume and inflection, how to establish priorities of observing, demonstrating, and assisting, and how to create themes and use music. Students will also understand the basic business aspects of teaching yoga.
Practicum (Practice Teaching)
Student Practice Teaching - By practice teaching, upon completion of the program, the student will develop a solid understanding of how to teach postures and sequences. This will include, but will not be limited to, developing solid skills for giving proper direction/instruction/cues, what modifications to offer, how to demonstrate, and how to use hands-on assists.
Personal Growth - In addition to the skills directly related to teaching yoga, the student is likely to enhance his or her own personal yoga practice, improve their communication skills, and understand personal and business ethics.
Program Schedule/Required Time
All classroom hours and online course work. Students are required to attend all hours above, so it is important to keep that part of your schedule clear and not expect early dismissal. See program director for requirements for make up hours, should it be necessary. Students should be in appropriate attire for yoga and movement. Students should have all ready books and materials by the start of each session. It is suggested that students arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow for time to prepare.
Students can bring food for lunch and/or breaks. Students will be given a short break during each morning, afternoon and evening session. Students are given a 45 minute break on Saturday and Sunday for lunch. They may stay at the studio or leave for lunch. Food is not provided, but there is a refrigerator and microwave for student use. *Once studio re-opens
Optional Extra Time
Upon approval by the Program Director, if a Lead Trainer believes that there is a significant benefit to offering extra time spent on a certain topic, the trainer(s) may provide extra time sometime during the length of the program for students. This time would be optional for students and not required for any certification requirements. Students would not be held accountable for this information with regard to exams or assignments, and it would not count toward any make up time. If any extra time would be offered during the training, it would be announced via email.
Variations in Time
Students should expect occasional minimal variations in time from topic to topic listed in the syllabus, but students should not expect early dismissal or large variations in time. Special exceptions are made for weather emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances, but students should keep all listed training times open in their schedules for the duration of the program.
Time or Location Changes
We will work very hard to avoid any significant changes in times or location, but should there be a need for such a change, at the minimum, students will be notified via email within 5 days of the change.
Mandatory time is defined as all time within the hours listed above in “Required Time” where students are not dismissed early. All mandatory time that is missed must be made up with the instructor or Program Director unless other permission is granted. (See “Attendance”).
Additional Program Requirements
Supplies and Materials:
Required Reading Books
Spiral Notebook and/or Journal
Supplies and books may be purchased anywhere.
*All of the books can be found for purchase on major online retail websites. It is highly recommended that students have their own yoga mat. It is also encouraged that students bring a water bottle and a few healthy snacks. All other props, manuals and materials will be provided each week of training.
The Owls Nest Yoga Teacher Training Manual: provided to students during the program Science of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice
Yoga Mind: Journey Beyond the Physical Suzan Colon 201
Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice by Baron Baptiste
Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, 3rd Edition Ring-bound
Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited To You by Bernie Clark (Author), Paul Grilley (Foreword)
Journey Into Power: Journey Into Power by Baron Baptiste
Students will be asked to maintain a “teaching log” to journal their teaching sessions.
Program Manual Discussion Questions & Homework
Students are expected to answer the “Discussion Questions” in the curriculum in advance of that lesson being taught in order to have a productive discussion following the lecture. Any other journaling on the information provided in the Program Manual is encouraged. And, additional homework assignments may be given from time to time.
Final Paper: The final paper should cover the student’s overall personal growth through the program as well as goals after completion. The final paper should be 2-3 pages in length. The final paper will be graded on having answered all of the questions given in the instructions and will be graded pass or fail. Instructions for the final paper will be handed out and reviewed as a group.
Final Written Exam: The final written exam will cover the four core categories.
Final Practical Exam: The final practical exam will cover creation of a class using proper sequencing, safe instruction using proper cueing and language and using proper time management and class structure. The final practical exam will be graded pass or fail. It will occur during the final weekend of training. Within 7 days of completing the final paper, final written exam, and final practical (teaching) exam, students will be notified via email from the Program Director regarding their certification status. Certificates of Completion will be distributed at our graduation ceremony, mailed, emailed, or picked up.
The school does not offer advanced standing for any previous training or course work.
The Owls Nest Teacher Training Program does not guarantee employment assistance services. We will offer suggestions and discuss possible career and job opportunities within the field of teaching yoga job placement. You will be eligible to apply to teach any open classes at The Owls Nest. Our resources and studio will be available to you for series or workshops to help support you along your teaching career. *Once the studio re-opens
THE OWLS NEST YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM CODE OF ETHICS
THE CODE OF CONDUCT
We are committed to holding high ethical standards for our yoga teachers. We believe that it is the responsibility of a teacher to ensure a safe environment in which our students can grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Students are looking for guidance from teachers with authenticity, experience, and wisdom. Our Code of Conduct was developed to protect our students in this potentially vulnerable relationship with their teachers and to uphold the highest professional standards.
Ethics are at the very core of yoga and living a yogic lifestyle. Students are expected to follow all school rules, policies and ethical codes as outlined in this catalog. The Owls Nest Yoga Teacher Training Program and Shavonne Spence reserve the right the terminate any student on grounds for the following disruptive behavior: excessive tardiness, failure to pay tuition or fees when due, harassing other students, abusive language, possession of or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs during school sessions, destruction of studio or school property, theft, any behavior creating a safety concern, any conduct that is unsatisfactory, its teachers, desk staff and students, and any act aiding, abetting, or inciting others to commit any act that would disrupt normal business operations of The Owls Nest Yoga Studio. Appropriate student conduct and ethical behavior are a foundation for the practice of yoga. Our program’s Code of Ethics outlines additional expectations for student conduct. During our program, we will discuss ethics in depth, but please familiarize yourself with the details of this ethical code in preparation for this program.
Harassment Against Members of Protected Class
We do not permit managers, employees, teachers, independent contractors, students, or others in the workplace to harass any other person because of age, gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, genetic information, or any other basis proscribed by law.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
We do not tolerate sexual harassment in our studio. Sexual harassment refers to any unwelcome sexual attention, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the conduct harms the person’s employment or working environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include unwanted and unnecessary physical contact; offensive remarks (including unwelcome comments about appearance); obscene jokes or other inappropriate use of sexually offensive language; the display in the studio of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and unwelcome sexual advances by teachers, students, customers, clients, or other visitors to a studio. Non-physical gesture, behavior, unnecessary physical contact, verbal suggestion, or innuendo may constitute sexual harassment.
We prohibit sexual misconduct in our studio. Sexual misconduct is any unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advance including requests for sexual favors, sexual touching, and verbal, visual, or physical conduct that creates a sexually hostile environment in a yoga class or studio.
Romantic Relationships Between Teachers and Students
Teachers shall avoid getting into personal or sexual relationships with students that may result in the impairment of their professional judgment or that may compromise the integrity of their teaching. If a relationship begins to develop, the teacher should bring it to school management.
Our program expects students to be on time for class, after breaks, and after lunch. Please let our faculty know if you will be late. Students are encouraged to have 100% attendance. However, we understand that students have important commitments outside of the classroom. Should extenuating circumstances impact attendance, students are permitted to miss class, provided they work with the program director to make up any missed hours. Students are responsible for rescheduling missed hours to make up any course material they have missed.
Class attendance will be taken throughout the training. In the case of any emergency absences, please notify the program director immediately. If a student has planned absences that conflict with attendance in the program, please contact the program director to discuss options. Each student is responsible for scheduling make-up time with the program director. Students must pay an additional cost for private make-up sessions with a teacher. Each student is expected to be at each session 10-15 minutes before the start time in order to set up and so that the training may start on time. If the student is late more than 4 times, this will result in a deduction of their total class hours.
A leave of absence from the program will be granted due to medical disability or other extraordinary circumstances at the discretion of the program director. In this case our refund policy will apply to unused tuition and the student must reapply for the next available session and pay the difference, if any, of any remaining tuition and/or any related administrative fees. If tuition is increased for the next available session, the student must pay the higher rate.
Termination from Program: Bad Conduct No refunds will be given if the program removes a student from the program for bad conduct. Bad conduct is violation of the Code of Conduct, gossip, harassment, bullying, or any other behavior that is inappropriate or disruptive to the welfare of the program or to fellow students.
Teachers will be honest, straightforward, in conducting all of their business affairs. Teachers will manage their business affairs according to recognized standard business and accounting practices. Teachers will discuss all fees and financial arrangements in a fair, conscientious, and professional manner.
Teachers will seek to:
i. comply with all legal and business requirements that apply to their business;
ii. ensure all advertisements relating to the benefits of yoga are accurate, fair, and not misleading;
iii. treat employees, assistants, students, colleagues, and other wellness businesses fairly, transparently and honestly in the course of all business dealings; and
iv. follow sound environmental and sustainable practices in their professional and personal lives.
Professional Growth/Continuing Education
Teachers shall maintain and improve their professional knowledge and competence, strive for professional excellence through regular assessment of their personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, and through continued education and training. Teachers shall stay current with new developments in yoga through practice and study.
Teachers shall never force their own opinions on students but rather recognize that every student is entitled to his or her worldview, ideas, and beliefs Teachers shall demonstrate high regard for the moral, social, and religious standards of their students. Teachers shall avoid imposing their personal beliefs on their students, although they may express them when appropriate in the class and in a sensitive and careful manner. Teachers recognize the trust placed in them by students and the unique power of the student-teacher relationship. Teachers shall avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of students. Teachers shall avoid dual relationships with students (e.g. business, close personal or sexual relationships) that may impair their judgment, compromise the integrity of the teachings and/or use the relationship for their personal gain. Teachers shall not engage in harassment, abusive words or actions, or exploit students.
Teachers shall strive to ensure that their intentions, actions, and speech are based on honesty, compassion, selflessness, trustworthiness, and transparency.
Teachers recognize that the process of learning is never complete, and they shall avoid portraying themselves as “enlightened” or “spiritually advanced.” Teachers recognize that they are walking on the spiritual path along with their fellow teachers and students. Teachers shall cultivate an attitude of humanity in their teaching and dedicate their work to something greater than themselves.
Teachers are committed to maintaining impeccable standards of professional competence and integrity. Teachers are committed to promoting the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of their students. Teachers are committed to practicing yoga as a way of life, which includes adopting the fundamental moral principles of yoga and making their lifestyle environmentally sustainable.
Scope of Practice
Teachers shall not give medical advice. Teachers shall not prescribe a treatment or suggest rejecting a physician’s advice. Teachers shall not abandon or neglect their students. If teachers are unable (or unwilling for appropriate reasons) to provide professional help or continue a professional relationship, they should make every reasonable effort to arrange for instruction for that student with another teacher. Teachers should avoid giving any personal advice concerning a student’s personal life. Our studio will not engage in the unauthorized practice of medicine. We will not recommend treatment, diagnose a condition, or suggest that a student should disregard a physician’s advice. We will refer our students to medical doctors or complimentary licensed professionals when appropriate.
Our studio will maintain the confidentiality of all private information disclosed by our teachers, students and clients. We will maintain commercially reasonable policies and procedures to protect the confidentiality of all private information disclosed by our teachers, students, and clients.
Teachers shall respect and protect the welfare of all of their students or clients. Teachers shall keep all personal information disclosed by their students or clients strictly confidential. All discussions among teachers concerning students or clients shall be conducted in secure, non-public environments. Teachers shall not disclose personal information belonging to a student or client except (a) to comply with the law or the order of a court; (b) to prevent bodily harm or danger to the client or to others; or (c) where the information has already been disclosed to the public. Teachers will obtain the consent of students before audio or video recording in class.
Teachers are part of a network of healthcare and well-being professionals and shall seek to develop interdisciplinary relationships. Teachers shall conduct themselves in an honorable manner in their relations with their colleagues and other wellness practitioners.
Teachers shall work to build the unity of their community by embracing diversity, collaboration and commitment for the benefit of all.
Teachers shall practice tolerance and acceptance toward other yoga teachers, schools and traditions. Teachers recognize that differences of opinion are to be expected, and they may be discussed in a sensitive and compassionate manner. When criticism must be made, it should be done with fairness, discretion and with a focus on the facts.
Advertising and Public Communications
A teacher shall accurately represent his or her professional qualifications and certifications along with his or her affiliations with any organization(s). Announcements and brochures promoting classes or workshops shall describe them with accuracy and grace. These principles are designed to uphold the quality of our teachings and shall be in compliance with legal guidelines for appropriate representation of our services.
Teachers will emphasize the importance of learning, teaching, and practicing yoga honestly, which means promoting equity, reducing harm, honoring and leveraging cultural differences, and fostering diversity and inclusion in all areas of yoga while honoring the integrity of yoga’s cultural and historical roots.
Teachers are encouraged to make yoga accessible and available to everyone. Teachers are encouraged to create integrated accessible yoga classes where all students can practice together. Teachers are encouraged to have an awareness and a commitment to making yoga more equitable, inclusive, accessible, and diverse. This includes the ways that yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, chronic illness, seniors, and anyone who may not feel comfortable in a regular class. It also includes making classes welcoming to everyone, and approaching students in a trauma-informed way. Teachers are encouraged to obtain appropriate training to offer accessible yoga classes.
Reporting of Policy Violations We encourage anyone who has been the subject of sexual misconduct or any other action that violates our policies and Code of Conduct to report the incident to our Ethics Committee, Human Resources department, or school management (henceforth referred to as the “reviewing body”). The report should contain the following information:
• Your full name;
• Your email and phone number;
• The name of the person who the grievance is against;
• A description of the alleged policy violation;
• The date and location of the policy violation;
• Names and contact information of any witnesses with first-hand knowledge of the situation; and,
• Any other credible evidence that is available to support the grievance.
In the interest of fairness and privacy, all reports must be made by the person who has personally experienced the misconduct. We will not investigate a matter based upon a third-party report of misconduct.
All reports must be made in good faith based on information the person reporting the incident reasonably believes to be accurate.
We may request additional information from the person reporting the incident throughout the course of review of the report.
We will take appropriate action to ensure compliance with our policies. The reviewing body will impose any sanctions that it feels are fair, just, and reasonable under all circumstances.
We will not allow anyone to retaliate against any person for making a report in good faith or providing information in connection with an investigation into an alleged violation.
Any information provided during a grievance report review will be treated on a confidential basis. Similarly, any actions that are taken in response to the report will also be confidential.
If an individual wants to file a complaint about the possible unethical conduct of a teacher or other person, he or she shall file the complaint within thirty (30) days after learning of the facts which may establish a potential violation. Complaints filed more than thirty (30) days after the violation of the Code of Conduct occurred may be reviewed at the discretion of the reviewing body.
After the complaint has been filed, all persons with personal knowledge about the complaint are encouraged to assist the review by providing relevant and factual information about the potential policy violations. This will assist the reviewing body in promptly and effectively responding to the complaint.We recognize the principle “the punishment must fit the crime.” We do not sentence someone to life imprisonment for jaywalking. There must be a sense of fairness and moral proportion in judging these situations. All cases of abuse and misconduct, from inappropriate commentary to physical assault, will be judged objectively and the reviewing body will fashion a sanction that fairly and equitably addresses the situation, and giving due considerations, to all the facts. A conclusion will be made within 15 days.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Notice of Cancellation
The program requires that any notice of cancellation or withdrawal by a student must be provided by certified mail.
An applicant who is denied admission into the program is entitled to a full refund of all money paid by said applicant.
Three (3) Day Cancellation
An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation within three (3) business days after signing the training agreement is entitled to a refund of all money paid. The refund will be paid within thirty (30) days of receiving the notice of cancellation. Or 100% can be applied towards a future training program.
Cancellations After Three (3) Days But Before Program Start Date
An applicant who submits a written notice of cancellation of the program more than three business days after signing the training agreement but before the program begins is entitled to a refund of all money paid less the registration fee. Or 100% can be applied towards a future training program.
Cancellations Within the First Week of Training
For an applicant requesting cancellation within the first week of training, the tuition retained by the program shall not exceed 10% of the contract price of the course plus $100 but in no event more than $500. Or 100% can be applied towards a future training program.
After the First Week and Additional Periods
For a student terminating training after one week but within the first 25% of the course, the tuition retained by the program will equal 25% of the contract price of the course plus $200. For a student terminating training after completing over 25% but less than 50% of the course, the tuition retained by the program will equal 50% of the contract price of the course plus $200. A student completing more than 50% of the course is not entitled to a refund of any tuition. Or 100% can be applied towards a future training program.
In case a student needs to withdraw from the program due to illness, accident, death in the family, or other circumstances that make it impractical for the student to complete the course, the program will provide a reasonable and fair refund.
Bad Conduct No refunds will be given if the program removes a student from the program for bad conduct. Bad conduct is violation of the Code of Conduct, harassment, bullying, or any other behavior that is inappropriate or disruptive to the welfare of the program or to fellow students.
We will not retaliate against any person for having reported or threatened to report harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or violations of our Code of Conduct or polices, or for participating in an investigation into any of the foregoing. Anyone who retaliates against a person will be subjected to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. We encourage any person — including employees, non-employees, and students — who believe they have been subject to retaliation to inform a supervisor or manager. We have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. We encourage anyone who has been anyone who is subject to this behavior to report it to the human resources department or school management. We will do everything possible to ensure that you are not retaliated against by anyone because you have reported misconduct.
Advertising and Promotion
In all advertising, promotional materials, marketing information and descriptions of my services in classes, workshops, events or trainings, which include written and verbal statements, I agree to the following standards:
- Make no intentional statements that are false or misleading as to the benefits of yoga or my classes, workshops, or training.
Create materials that are, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and reasonable in wording and imagery, which clearly state their purpose and description of the experience offered.
- Represent my training and professional qualifications with honesty and accuracy, to be included within my professional bio where appropriate.
- Not falsely imply sponsorship or representation by any business or organization, and if a partnership or affiliation exists with such an organization, to represent them and the business relationship with honesty and accuracy.
Thank you for your interest.