The majority of our UK and Ireland members have our member insurance policy, from Balens Ltd. You are insured to teach online classes with this policy provided you follow these conditions:
Yes, you do. Teaching a free class has the same risks to students as a paid class. We highly recommend you have insurance in place for any type of teaching.
Yes, you are! Provided you follow the requirements set by Balens Ltd (found at the top of the page). The main points to note are you must know who is in the class (live class) and if sending a link to a pre-recorded class then keep a note of whom you sent it to and when.
You should continue to keep health questionnaire records and check that all participants are fit to participate in the class, exactly as you would for an in-person class.
It depends. You can teach a class on Facebook Live provided it is to a closed group of students.
Our policy does not cover live class broadcasts on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook which are available to everyone. On these platforms, you have no way of knowing who attends the class or assessing their ability to participate. If you want to use Facebook as a platform to do your classes, then we recommend setting up a private group on Facebook so that you can control who joins.
Note, you can do live broadcasts, under our insurance policy provided you know who is attending your class and have done a pre-consultation with them before the class; which works well for platforms such as Zoom.
Yes. Make sure you complete a pre-health check with new students. You can either do this electronically by sending them your usual health questionnaire or complete over the phone. As with any new student, you should keep a record of the health questionnaire on file.
It depends. The policy will cover general information provided online, such as social media posting and online videos. It only covers general information and will not include any specific instruction, such as a class. General information includes demonstrating a sequence or asana.
Yes, although it is preferred that you see students who are participating in the class. However, providing you are teaching them in what you have been trained and have followed the other conditions detailed at the top of the page, you will be covered.
We would recommend if students wish have their cameras off, that you state at the start of the class that they are doing the class at their own risk. You may want to confirm before the class that the space they plan to use is safe from hazards.
If you have new students joining your class, a health questionnaire should be used as a pre-consultation as you can assess if your class is suitable for the new student.
If you'd like some help creating a disclaimer form, you can find some notes on this here!
You should use your health questionnaire/disclaimer form, which you already use for your yoga classes. We would advise where possible to have an electronic copy completed by the student. You can send this to them via email. Keep the student's pre-class health check alongside who is attending the class.
If you are currently enrolled on a Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited teacher training course, you can teach online yoga classes. The three conditions, as stated at the top of the page, apply.
You will need to continue to follow the additional limitations of the trainee policy:
Yes - There are 3 requirements set by the insurance company:
You also need to follow the additional limitations of the trainee policy:
Yes - There are 3 requirements set by the insurance company:
Yes. However, you will need a music licence to do so. The music is not for your personal use and is used to benefit your audience, and this requires a licence.
According to The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act of 1988, using music to benefit your customers and or employees in a non-domestic setting requires permission from the copyright holder, something you can obtain with a music license. Each country has its own version of this Act.
For more information on getting a music license in the UK, head here: https://pplprs.co.uk/
For Ireland, head here https://www.imro.ie/
Our insurance policy does not specify a limit to the number of students able to participate in your yoga class. We recommend keeping to your typical class size and always operating under best practice.
Yes, the Irish policy has a Coronavirus Absolute Exclusion Clause.
From 1st October 2020, the policy terms and conditions (specifically professional liability & malpractice clauses) will include a Coronavirus absolute exclusion clause. The update will apply to all current policies and renewals.
In practice, to raise a valid claim concerning Coronavirus, any would-be claimant would need to prove you breached your professional duty of care and that this resulted in a situation for which you could be held legally liable. In this scenario, the claimant would need to prove you were directly responsible for them catching Coronavirus and any injury or loss they incurred as a result.
To mitigate your liability, you need to demonstrate that you have followed government guidelines by conducting risk assessments and noting the measures you have in place to protect your students. You should continue to get all students to complete health questionnaires and keep these on file.
For existing members, we will not be reissuing your insurance documents, we plan to send you updated paperwork when you renew.
There is no change to the UK policy at this time.
The professional liability & malpractice policy does provide cover for temporary trips abroad providing the insured is based/ordinarily resident in the UK/Republic of Ireland. This element of policy cover remains in place and has not been limited or removed due to the pandemic.
To ensure the policy responds in the event of a claim the policyholder would need to ensure that the criminal/malicious acts exclusion has not been breached. We cannot confirm whether the policyholder should travel but can recommend the following considerations:
Before you hold sessions or classes in public spaces, find out who owns the space and whether you need a license. Additionally, if you are teaching in parks and green spaces you may need to agree to a code of conduct and register your details with your local council.
If you have insurance with Yoga Alliance Professionals you are covered to teach outside. However, we strongly recommend updating your disclaimer form to include risks that pertain to teaching yoga outside. (And get a letter of indemnity for the location if it’s council-owned).
In regards to whether teaching 1-1 yoga is permitted under the English government guidelines (while maintaining social distancing measures), regrettably, we cannot comment. It is our understanding that individual councils and boroughs have different policies in place, and it would be irresponsible of us to give members the green light to teach.
At this time, we continue to recommend that yoga classes remain online. The safety of our members and to the wider public remains our top priority.
This is our recommendation we cannot force teachers to follow this; it is an individual's choice whether they wish to teach 1-1 classes at this time. If you are considering this, then we strongly recommend that you contact your local council to get permission.
Yes - You will still need the parents/students to complete any waivers/questionnaires that you usually give out and make sure you have a DBS check.
Our insurance policy will cover members to teach skills learned from yoga related online further training courses.
Yes, you can include any further training done online into your further training hours.
Your further training hours accounts for up to 30% of your total teaching hours to upgrade your membership level.
This depends on who you are training with. We have made some temporary policy changes to allow our trainers to move their accredited syllabi online.
If you are training with one of our accredited trainers, then you will still be able to join as a registered yoga teacher after you graduate! If your course is not accredited then we will need to move to get your trainer's course accredited.
Yes you can. Balens are able to extend the policy cover to include working with students remotely (online) who reside in the USA and Canada. The cover is only for online work and will not extend to a temporary trip in person, once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. There is a small fee payable to Balens to do this. This covers the issue of a bespoke insurance certificate with the addition of an endorsement to teach online in the USA and Canada.
Should you wish to add this cover, please contact Balens directly on email@example.com