Why Yoga Instructors Should Use Liability Waivers
As a yoga instructor, your top priority is the safety of your clients during their workout. Accidents happen, and some yogis have a hard time listening to their body. You must ensure each person in your class takes the necessary precautions to protect themselves, and other students, from harm.
Although that instinct and responsibility is innate, instructors of all levels can benefit from a student liability waiver. While a legal document seems impersonal, it’s a precaution worth taking should an accident or injury occur in your class.
When deciding whether to implement liability waivers at your studio or for your classes, there are a few important points to keep in mind:
- Signing a waiver allows for a clearer understanding of the activities in your class and the risks involved. Having students read through the details included in a waiver is a great way to make sure they are aware of both the level and type of class you are offering. It may seem obvious given the description of your class or the type of yoga studio, but ensuring that a base level of understanding is key to setting everyone up for a successful session.
- Prospective students can consider their health and any risks before jumping in to practice. Each of your students – or prospective students – knows his or her body best. Before committing to a full class, a liability waiver gives them the opportunity to take a minute and evaluate the potential risks of practicing and whether or not they are prepared for moving their bodies in a new way. This is especially important if the student hasn’t practiced yoga before.
- Some students may not be quick to disclose existing injuries with you prior to class, but signing a waiver gives them a clear opportunity to discuss any possible limitations with you. This is a key time to explore alternative poses that he or she may want to utilize during class, so that the yoga experience is customized for each unique student. This also helps to eliminate any possible injuries down the road.
- The rigid nature of a legal document may seem like it contradicts the open and compassionate environment you are creating in the studio, but it could help in protecting yourself and your studio from legal action.
When it comes to your livelihood and reputation, it’s always in your best interest to put an extra layer of security in place. Implementing a liability waiver helps you to stay focused on providing your students with the best workout and eliminates worry.
Interested in learning other ways you can protect your business? Check out our previous post on Preserving Your Professional Future.
The information provided herein is for informational purposes only. ProSight Global Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“ProSight”) strongly recommends that instructors consult with their own legal counsel prior to requiring students to sign a liability waiver. Those who use a liability waiver assume all liability with respect to the use of a liability wavier. You are fully responsible to comply with all local, state, and federal laws related to the use of a liability waiver. ProSight shall not be held liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from any use of a liability waiver.