Yoga Teacher Training
Informed Consent & Release
Risks and Benefits
Yoga Teacher Training courses may have benefits and risks. You should consult your physician and obtain consent before beginning the course.
All movement programs involve a risk of injury. By participating in the program’s movement portion, you voluntarily assume a certain risk of injury. The following guidelines will help you reduce your risk of injury:
- Breathe smoothly and continuously as you move and stretch.
- Do not strain to attain any position.
- Respect your body’s abilities and limitations.
- Do not perform postures or movements that are painful.
- Consult your healthcare provider if you have previous injuries or conditions.
You may experience uncomfortable feelings throughout the course. Some participants report feeling sadness, guilt, shame, frustration and overwhelmed during group discussions. Some aspects of the course may elicit uncomfortable memories.
This course also carries the possibility of many benefits. Many participants report a reduction in mental health disorder symptoms, improvements in self-care, improvements in coping and self-regulation, and a greater sense of ease in their body and self. It is important to note that there are no guarantees of what you will or will not experience.
This course and Yoga are not treatments for any mental or physical illness. It is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment. Your teachers cannot diagnose or treat mental or medical conditions. It is recommended that you seek counsel from qualified medical and mental health professionals for issues related to psychological and physiological illness.
- You have the right to ask questions about the process and content of the course.
- You have the right to voice concerns or complaints about the course. Your teacher welcomes your feedback directly. In addition, you can contact the Life of Wellness Institute with any concerns about unethical or unfair treatment by the teacher(s).
- You have the right to leave the course. If you wish, your teacher(s) will provide you with the names of other qualified professionals whose services you might prefer.
- You have the right to expect that the teachers will maintain professional and ethical boundaries. Your teachers abide by the Code of Ethics of the Yoga Alliance.
- You have the right to set physical and emotional boundaries. If there are any aspects of the course you do not wish to participate in, you have the right to opt out. If you do not wish to engage in activities that involve touch, you have the right to opt out.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Some of our courses take place via Zoom, so please protect your privacy by completing the activities in a private space to ensure conversations are not overheard. To protect your privacy, we suggest you only use your first name (or a pseudonym) in the Zoom meetings and do not share identifying details with others.
Your teacher(s) are required to maintain your confidentiality, and we ask that you respect the confidentiality of your fellow participants. Keep what happens in the group in the group. If you want to share what you are learning about yourself with friends or loved ones, remember not to share names, identities, or in any other way compromise the confidentiality of your fellow participants.
Limits to Confidentiality
Your teacher(s) are required to maintain your confidentiality, except for a few particular circumstances:
- Instances of active or suspected abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual) or neglect of a child, an elder, or a dependent adult must be reported to the appropriate protective services
- If you threaten to harm yourself or another individual, teachers are required to take steps to help maintain the safety of the person at risk.
- If a judge orders a teacher’s testimony/records or, in the context of a legal proceeding, the teacher may be required to release confidential information to the court.
- The teacher(s) may consult with the Life of Wellness Institute and its staff about what happens in the course.
Your fellow participants are asked to sign the same confidentiality agreement you do before beginning the course. Life of Wellness Institute and your teacher(s) cannot guarantee that fellow participants will uphold confidentiality standards.
This course is not intended for individuals struggling with severe mental or physical illness. Your teacher may refer you to professional treatment if they are concerned that you are a danger to yourself or your fellow participants. Specifically, we may ask you to leave the course if you engage in:
- Use of illicit drugs or alcohol before or during sessions
- Self-harm behaviors (e.g., purging, cutting, laxative/diet pill/stimulant abuse, and burning)
- Threats of violence toward others
Your presence in each session is important. A healthy group dynamic is essential for healing, growth, and change. If you are absent, this dynamic suffers and affects the experience of you and other group members. We ask that you commit to attending each session of the course.
An emergency may occur that prevents you from attending a session. If you are faced with an emergency or sudden illness, please get in touch with your teacher(s) before the group begins to let them know you will not be present. Please find more details on the attendance requirements of your program in your student handbook.
Your teacher(s) will make every effort to return any contact you initiate (email, phone call, text, etc.) in a reasonable amount of time. Call the emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room if you have an emergency that requires immediate attention or action.
The Life of Wellness Institute maintains outcome data for all courses. These records include questionnaires you fill out, billing records, and copies of any professional documents (e.g., informed consent forms, media releases, etc.). These records may be used for qualitative and quantitative research, but any identifying data will be removed to avoid revealing your identity.