Cautions: Diagnosis & Referral: Yoga & Anxiety – Practices to Consider

  1. As a reminder, yoga teachers—and even yoga therapists—are not trained or licensed to diagnose injury, illness or disorder. You may wish to be very clear about this point, and to ask students if they have obtained a diagnosis.
  2. Be prepared to refer students to an expert. Have contact information for qualified experts that you can provide, as needed. See more in When to Refer Out which includes how to respond to students, and questions for their medical provider.
  3. Yoga is likely to be an excellent supplemental resource for students. But of course, teachers must be cautious and clear when responding to students’ individual needs so that yoga support is not construed as a diagnosis, a “prescription,” or a recommendation for sole treatment.