Intro: Ashtanga yoga is a beautiful practice that can transform your body, mind, and spirit. But as with any physical activity, injuries can happen. That’s why it’s important for Ashtanga yoga practitioners to have insurance (should something happen) and continue their education (to prevent something from happening). In this guide, we’ll explore why insurance is important, where to get it, and what continuing education requirements you need to fulfill.
Why You Need Insurance: Let’s face it, accidents happen. Ashtanga practitioners often push themselves to the limit, and injuries can occur. But did you know that yoga-related emergency room visits happen more often than we think? That’s why it’s important to have insurance to protect yourself against claims regarding unexpected yoga accidents. Plus, having insurance can give you peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered if something goes wrong.
Where to Get Insurance: Fortunately, there are many insurance providers that cater to yoga practitioners. Some popular options include beYogi, IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and Yoga Journal. Be sure to shop around and compare prices to find the best deal for you. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be registered with Yoga Alliance to obtain insurance.
Continuing Education Requirements: As an Ashtanga yoga practitioner, you never stop learning. And that’s a good thing! Yoga Alliance requires Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) to continue their education with at least 30 hours of yoga training every three years. Of those 30 hours, at least 10 must be “CE Contact Hours.” But what does that mean? Contact Hours are live, in-person training with a teacher. Non-Contact Hours are online courses, workshops, or self-study programs. Make sure you’re meeting these requirements to maintain your RYT status.
Self-Assessments: It’s important to stay on top of your knowledge and skills as an Ashtanga yoga practitioner. That’s why Yoga Teacher Central offers free quizzes to help you assess your knowledge of Minimum Knowledge Standards. These standards promote and support widespread adoption of training models that adequately prepare yoga teaching professionals. By taking these quizzes, you can identify areas where you need to improve and bolster your education with accessible and practical lessons.
Professional Affiliation Options: There are many professional affiliations available for yoga practitioners, including Yoga Alliance Alternatives. Explore your options related to recognition, certification, and the specification and upholding of standards. You have the power to choose which organization aligns with your values and goals as a practitioner.
Ashtanga yoga is a beautiful practice that requires dedication, discipline, and self-awareness. By obtaining insurance, continuing your education, and exploring professional affiliations, you can ensure that you’re protecting yourself and enhancing your knowledge and skills as a practitioner. Don’t get caught with your Ashtanga pants down – take charge of your practice and your career today!