Promoting Student Safety Overview
- Undertake specialized study before teaching children, prenatal and postpartum students, and students with medical or chronic conditions.
- Be cautious not to give advice that is beyond your scope.
- Grow your skills in therapeutic principles and accommodating injuries and conditions in class.
- Foster a safe, noncompetitive environment.
- Teach students to take responsibility for themselves.
- Provide variations, alternatives and personalized options.
- If a class is too large to provide individual attention, avoid risky and/or complex postures.
- Utilize safe sequencing.
- Be cautious with risky asana and movement flows.
* Many of these strategies are drawn from Shirley Archer’s excellent article in IDEA Fitness: Is Yoga Safe?