My Code of Conduct draws from the Yoga Alliance™’s Code of Conduct (Code). It is based upon core values intrinsic to the practice of yoga.
The purpose of our Ethical Commitment is to foster safe and respectful guidelines for the profession of teaching yoga and to assure that I maintain a high level of teaching ability and accountability.
By following high standards of professional and ethical conduct, I wish to promote confidence and respect throughout yoga communities and the public at large.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT™) and I ensure and uphold professional behaviour at all times.
The Code centers on the principles of the yamas which are found in the ethical guidelines of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Yamas are:
The purpose of my work aims to achieve internal self-reflection and external conscious action. The principles of the yamas set guidelines for aspirational ethical behaviour for me as well as inform a contemporary global view on the ethical responsibilities of a Teacher to their Students, Trainees, employees, peers, or other Members and to society at large. I adhere to this Code as a commitment to ethical integrity in teaching yoga as well as a commitment to changing the way I interact with life one Student at a time.
Code Principle 1 — Adhere to Applicable Law
I abide by all local, state, provincial, national, and federal laws and regulations applicable in location of our practice.
Code Principle 2 — Anti-Harassment Policy
I do not harass Students, Trainees, employees, peers, other Members, other Teachers, Registered Yoga Schools (RYS™s), other schools, studios, or members of the public, in person or through online activities, now known or unknown, such as trolling, stalking, using hate speech, threatening, intimidating, reporting of false grievances, manipulating, or otherwise harassing in any form or manner.
Code Principle 3 — Sexual Misconduct Policy
I do not intentionally or negligently cause sexual harm—verbally, physically, or otherwise—to Students, Trainees, employees, peers, other Members, other teachers, or members of the public through any action, including but not limited to: actions proscribed by local, state, provincial, national, and federal laws and regulations.
Code Principle 4 — Do No Harm
I do no harm. I take reasonable steps to not intentionally or negligently cause harm to Students, Trainees, employees, peers, other Members, other teachers, or members of the public through any action or inaction, including but not limited to actions proscribed by local, state, provincial, national, and federal laws and regulations.
I never teach yoga while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, except for those drugs that have been prescribed to the Member for medical purposes by a licensed medical or mental health professional.
Code Principle 5 — Actively Include All Individuals
I do not discriminate against and we actively include all individuals. I actively include, accommodate, and welcome all who wish to be included in the practice of yoga.
I do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, body type, personal appearance, physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status, marital status, political activities, or affiliation or any other basis proscribed by local, state, provincial, national, and federal laws and regulations.
I carefully consider the safety and accessibility of the physical location(s) of their yoga classes and workshops.
Code Principle 6 — Respect Student-Teacher Relationships
This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Consent-Based Touch: As it pertains to the act of physically assisting, I must obtain Explicit and Informed Consent before physically adjusting Students and Trainees in yoga practices. Explicit and Informed Consent can be given verbally, in writing, by an unambiguous gesture, or via a consent indicator. I understand and agree that Explicit and Informed Consent is an ongoing process of communication and that previous consent does not imply future permission or allow for future physical adjustment or contact of any type.
Romantic and/or Sexual Relationships: I should not enter into a new romantic and/or sexual relationship with a Student or Trainee when we are perceived to be the Teacher. If feelings do develop, or if the parties mutually agree to move forward with a romantic and/or sexual relationship we should suggest that the Student or Trainee find an alternate Teacher.
Work Status: I abide by all local governing agencies, including but not limited to: local, state, provincial, national, and/or federal laws and regulations when hiring, working with, or engaging Students, Trainees, employees, or other Members. In cases of non-monetary work exchanges, we commit the details of those agreements to writing to decrease possible tensions and misunderstandings.
Consent to Record: I do not photograph, record video, or capture any other imagery in any other medium, nor use such imagery or such person’s likeness, without the express consent of the Students, Trainees, or members of the public who are included in such photography, video, and imagery.
Code Principle 8 — Maintain Honesty in Communications
I refrain from certain activities and proactively and affirmatively make certain disclosures including, but not limited to, the following:
Honesty in Communication: I do not falsely represent our professional yoga history, including but not limited to: education, training, experience, and credentials. We accurately disclose the source of any teaching, writing, or resource that is not our own.
Local Resources: I do not provide advice or services in locations where we are not currently and properly licensed.
Cultural Responsibility: I educate and inform myself about the history and genesis of yoga and proactively inform Students and Trainees of the origin and practices from the lineage, style, or methodology being taught.
Individual Responsibility: I commit to continuous education, self-study, self-reflection, especially around yoga and yoga teaching developments.