Why do yoga instructors need insurance?
Pain and strains
A flow you’re sharing with a class focuses on opening the heart chakra, promoting positive energy and lowering stress levels. This involves backbends, including Camel and Cobra poses. Although you take it slowly and advise the class to ease into position, a student experiences sudden and severe neck pain. The student claims it was your teaching and advice that caused the injury. Professional, treatment and public liability insurance could help with the cost of settling or defending a claim of malpractice or negligence against your yoga business.
Stray yoga mats
Your freelance session at a town hall finishes with a relaxing combination of Balasana and Shavasana poses, but unfortunately the calm created doesn’t last long. As your students tidy away their blocks and mats, the next booking for the hall arrives and an attendee trips over a mat that’s not yet been put away. Combined professional, treatment and public liability insurance as part of your yoga teacher policy could help to cover your legal expenses should the injured party choose to make a legal claim.
Unable to teach
Being a yoga teacher involves demonstrating poses and flows for your students to follow, meaning if you become injured, you might not be able to teach. While out on a weekend run, you turn your ankle on an uneven surface and your doctor advises rest for up to six weeks. If you’re unable to work for more than two weeks, personal accident insurance could provide a weekly payment until you can return. It could also assist with rehabilitation if required.
What insurance is available for yoga instructors?
Yoga teachers work in a space where professional treatment liability insurance and public and products liability can all be helpful. We’ve designed a combined product – professional, treatment and public liability insurance – for professionals like you.
These are just some of the types of business insurance that we can offer to yoga instructors. We can provide other specific types of cover and build them into a policy that’s tailored to the exact needs of your business.Get your quote
Insurance for yoga instructors: FAQs
Do I need yoga studio insurance?
Yes, property insurance may be a source of comfort, for example if you welcome students to your studio for yoga classes. Our property insurance could offer cover in the event that your studio becomes damaged as a result of an accident, storm, flood, fire or even a break-in. You can combine this with other covers such as personal accident insurance, cyber cover and employers’ liability.
Professional, treatment and public liability cover can also be an important insurance type to include in a yoga policy – especially if you hire public spaces to teach your classes.
Do I need to insure my yoga equipment?
As a yoga teacher, you are likely to take some equipment along to classes, such as speakers to play ambient music, mats and blocks for newcomers and resistance bands for hypermobile students. Insurance for equipment might help protect your business.
Freelance instructors may carry these things from class to class, increasing the risk of damage, loss or even theft. Your small business relies on this kit to function, so portable equipment insurance could help cover the cost of repairing or replacing your items and help to keep your classes scheduled in, whatever happens.
Do I need yoga insurance if I’m teaching online?
Yes, even if you’re teaching yoga via virtual classes, you could need business insurance cover.
Some yoga businesses moved online in 2020 and now give live guidance via video link. If you’re still sharing advice and leading lessons online, you might still benefit from the backing of professional, treatment and public liability insurance. Your use of online platforms and digital communication may have also increased, so our cyber and data cover could also prove beneficial.
At home, you may keep similar items to those in a studio, plus the device you use to host classes. Therefore, considering a business insurance policy suited to running a home-based business could be a good idea – your home insurance might not cover your business equipment.
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