the business of being a yoga teacher
w/ gary kissiah
Saturday, 2-5 pm, April 18
The latest study published by Yoga Journal shows that over 20 million Americans practice yoga and spend over $10 billion a year on yoga classes and products. As yoga has grown into a big business and studios and teachers are becoming entrepreneurial, we now face many legal, business and ethical issues. Join us as we take a deep dive into new developments and essential issues that affect our community. Over the course of the afternoon will:
• explore key agreements between studios and teachers, waivers for studios and teachers, agreements for private lessons, and corporate yoga and retreat agreements. We will discuss strategies for liability protection, how to trademark your brand, privacy issues, legal entities, and independent contractors and employees.
• discuss innovative business models in the yoga community. These will include new ways to extend your brand, your teachings and to make more income.
• survey new developments such as ASCAP music licenses, the Yoga Glo patent, regulation, the new Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct, best practices for teaching students with pre-existing injuries, the use of touch, and gathering medical information about students.
This will be a high energy, interactive and open environment to explore all of your legal and business questions.
Gary Kissiah has practiced corporate and business law for over 20 years. Gary has a certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, is a RYT 200 and teaches yoga philosophy and law for teacher training programs in the Bay Area. Gary recently published three new books on law: "Light on Law: A Guide To Legal Wellness for Yoga Teachers," "Light on Law: A Guide To Legal Wellness for Yoga Studios" and "Light on Law: A Guide To Independent Contractors and Employees." Gary is also the author of a book on the Yoga Sutras.