Update 24 February 2020:

Reminder to NSW members

In NSW all indoor recreation facilities (including yoga, pilates and dance studios, and martial arts training facilities) need a COVID-19 Safety Plan, effective 12th February 2021

To complete your Covid-19 Safety Plan – please follow this link

How to complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan

Record the action/s you will put in place under all the Safety Plan sections:

  • wellbeing of staff and customers
  • physical distancing
  • hygiene and cleaning
  • record keeping.

Each requirement must be addressed in each section. If a requirement does not apply to your premises, briefly describe why.

Once you complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan, a confirmation email will be sent to you with a copy of your plan attached as a PDF. To complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan offline, print a blank copy of the form using the print button.

Remember to keep a copy of your COVID-19 Safety Plan on your premises at all times.

Keep yourself informed by checking in with your own local government. For more information read on:

 

You will find all this information relevant to your state and country via the important website links below.

When teaching we highly recommend that all students bring their own props and mats to class.

Please remember to take this opportunity to utilise the highly valued tools of yoga. Bring out those grounding practices of asana, breath awareness, relaxations and meditations. We will come out the other side better students and teachers. We are all in this together, and we are committed to support you. We will continue to provide updates and information as it affects our community.

Make sure you stay up to date with credible Government sources listed below.

International Resources:

Resources within Australia:

Australian Signage: https://www.australia.gov.au/covidsafe-resources
Yoga Australia: https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/covid19/

ACT

NSW

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

 

 

Update 17 February 2020:

With the imminent role-out of a vaccine and increased responsibilities for business owners to be Covid-Safe one of our members asked:

Am I covered if a student claims negligence to myself or my staff if they catch Covid-19?

AJGallagher were very informative and helpful in their response. Due to the government adding “Human coronavirus with pandemic potential” as a Listed Human Disease under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) on 21 January 2020, insurance policies will not respond to Covid-19 outbreaks. This legislation essentially removed insurance cover from the market effective immediately as all clauses for notifiable disease exclude listed human disease under the Biosecurity Act.

This link may be beneficial as a resource for you and your team: https://blog.ajg.com.au/business-risks-and-insurance-in-the-face-of-coronavirus , it provides an overview that contains general information on insurance coverages, planning for contingencies and communicating with your employees, including:

  • corporate travel insurance
  • workers’ compensation
  • public liability insurance
  • management liability and directors’ and officers’ insurance
  • business interruption insurance

Please contact AJ Gallagher or your insurer for more information and if you have further questions.

 

 

Update 22 December 2020:

Within Australia NSW is on the verge of lockdown, with Greater Sydney area declared a  red-zone. Family time and getting together over Christmas and the New Year is looking unlikely. If you reside in NSW your Yoga Studio will be affected by changes being announced in the next few days. We will endeavour to keep you informed over this period.

We wish everyone a safe finale to 2020.

 

 

Updated 30th November 2020:

As States within Australia are now opening their borders, please be aware that each State has it’s own regulations on what is permitted for yoga studios and class sizes.

NSW has just announced that all yoga studios must register their business as COVID safe and now apply electronic check in for students. We strongly encourage you to use the free NSW Government QR code that connects to the Service NSW app, as it securely stores customer data and can be instantly accessed by NSW Health if there is an outbreak. Businesses that don’t follow the COVID-19 safety rules risk serious penalties and possible closure under the Public Health Order. Below are the steps you need to take to meet your obligations, keep customers and staff safe, and stay open:

  • Complete your COVID Safety Plan and register your business as COVID Safe
  • Complete your COVID-19 Safety Plan online – fill in the one that is relevant to your industry.
  • Set up electronic customer check-in (such as a QR code) by 23 November
  • Keep a copy of your COVID Safety Plan at your business so you can show it to an Authorised Officer if required.
  • Display your QR code & verify each customer
  • Check-in customers via webform when you can’t connect to the internet to use your QR code

Please read more about this on the Service NSW Government page here.

As restrictions ease across Australia you will see the requirements differ from state to state. You will find all this information relevant to your state via the important website links above.

We highly recommend that all students bring their own props and mats to class.

 

 

Updated 16 April 2020:

Good Afternoon Members and Community,

As of 23 March 2020 IYTA recommends that all face to face classes should not be conducted. If you want to continue servicing your students with yoga practices please find a way to do them online.

INSURANCE AND ONLINE TEACHING UPDATE

Please check with your insurer that you are covered for online teaching. Most insurance houses are now allowing you to be covered for online teaching but may have differing requirements on how that is to be delivered. IYTA has been in communication with Gallagher, our recommended insurer, to clarify their position:

  1. Have a written legal disclaimer on your website, Facebook group, YouTube/Vimeo/Zoom account (whatever platform you are using to deliver your classes advising that participation or action in the class is at their own responsibility.
  2. Let students know that there are limitations as to what they can and can’t do with the information/action that is provided.
  3. As IYTA teachers we should already be giving precautions in our classes but it is always a good idea to remind students to not “over do” it when doing a physical class.
  4. Advise students to seek medical advice if they have underlying conditions affecting their asana practice.

Gallagher has stated that they are “pleased to be able to offer covering for online classes”.  IYTA still advise that if you are unsure about your policy covering to still check directly with your insurer.

New resources for taking your classes online:

Resources for Legal Essentials:

The wording used in your waiver form can also be used online as a basic disclaimer, for example:

These yoga classes are being taught by a qualified yoga teacher. All care will be taken to ensure your wellbeing and safety. Any instructions given are intended as guidance only and you should not do anything that you consider inappropriate for you. This course is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or care. Please consult your medical practitioner before you begin or if you have any questions or concerns about the suitability of these classes.

*Please do make sure to check details with your own Yoga Insurance Policy

Stay up to date with credible Government sources. If posting in social media regarding COVID-19 please ensure that your material is fact checked by credible sources. There is enough misinformation on the subject without yoga teachers contributing to the confusion.

 

 

Updated 23 March 2020:

Dear Members and Community,

As of 23 March 2020 IYTA recommends all face to face classes should not be conducted. If you want to continue providing your students with yoga practices please find a way to do this online. Last week we re-posted on our Facebook page some options for online posting, if you know of any similar information please share it with us so we can share it with your community. Here are the links:

We are updating information on our COVID-19 Recommendations for Yoga Teachers and Studios page on our IYTA website. Please go to this page for links to credible government resources and make sure you stay up to date (please also find links below).

There is much misinformation out there about COVID-19, please make sure you fact-check the information you post on your own pages and help to support each other through this time.

This year is proving to be a very testing time for all. Please remember to take this opportunity to utilise the highly valued tools of yoga. Bring out those grounding practices of asana, breath awareness, relaxations and meditations. We will come out the other side better students and teachers.

We are posting on our Facebook PageInstagram and our IYTA Website and are still offering online courses (YinMeditation and Pranayama and we are currently working to bring you more options), our CPD yoga teaching videos (available to full members), International Light Magazine and eNews. We will continue to provide updates and information as it affects our community, please stay in-touch with us and each other.

We are all in this together, and we are committed to support you.

Stay safe and healthy

Yours in Yoga

The Team at IYTA

 

 

Updated 16th March 2020

Dear Members and Community,

Last week on facebook we posted some useful information provided by Yoga Alliance on our site regarding the Corona Virus and how to help prevent the spread of the virus.

In the past week there has been a dramatic upscaling of response to COVID-19 by our Australian Government which is changing daily. At this point I highly recommend that you stay informed by daily checking reliable resources that are listed below this text (each State has their own health link).

Yoga Australia has provided some useful signs to post at your Yoga Studios. Here is the link: Download signs here

However, yesterday, the Government asked the population to keep a 1.5m social distance from each other which will impact all face to face yoga classes. A message from Yoga Alliance (US) this morning has recommend that all teachers if placed under a social distancing directive cancel all their face to face yoga classes and to look at alternatives of providing on-line classes to your students until the need for social distancing has passed.

Some basic standards to be followed:

  • Regularly wash your hands;
  • Disinfect equipment after each use, or better still stop using props;
  • Disinfect hard surfaces such as doors, floors etc, after every class;
  • Inform people that if they are unwell to stay at home.

This will be a very difficult time for ourselves as teachers. We feel a responsibility to provide a safe haven for our students and give them the tools to cope with such a crisis. There is a lot of fear in the community. Financially many of us are going be hard hit with reductions or cancellations in all our classes. Take this time to research online options of class delivery, self study with online courses and reading. Where possible keep your students informed of what is happening with your classes and timetables and suggest some simple practices they can use at home.

This year is proving to be a very testing time for all. Please remember to take this opportunity to utilise the highly valued tools of yoga. Bring out those grounding practices of asana, breath awareness, relaxations and meditations. We will come out the other side better students and teachers.

We are all in this together, and we are committed to support you. We will continue to provide updates and information as it affects our community.

Yours in yoga