There is no going back to the way things were. At least not for the foreseeable future. Chances are that services across all industries have changed permanently. Even if things were to eventually return to what we were accustomed to as ‘normal business operations’, businesses that don’t adapt to the new reality might not make it to that future time. The same is true with your Yoga classes. Integrating virtual Yoga sessions into your practice is a must for your business to survive our current economic climate.
Going Virtual With Your Yoga Classes
As a fitness professional, you may have already started offering virtual yoga classes because of the growing popularity of fitness apps and distance-training equipment and platforms. And with people forced to exercise at home, there is a possibility they will continue to do so even if gyms and Yoga studios open again. So being able to service your clients remotely may be the only way to keep them.
If you haven’t already done so, incorporating virtual yoga sessions and classes as part of your services moving forward presents an excellent opportunity to expand your client base and add more sessions to your daily schedule. There is also the added convenience of earning money from the comfort of your own home studio.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the logistics of moving your yoga instruction online along with the risks of doing so.
Tips for Moving Your Yoga Instruction Online
As with providing Yoga instruction in person, your first priority is client safety. Your second priority is protecting yourself and your business. Here are some tips for transitioning to an online format:
- Make sure you and your employees have current certifications, including first aid
- Adopt your client screening questionnaires and waivers for online sessions
- Offer different levels of intensity for pre-recorded sessions
- Demonstrate safe and proper techniques for at-home yoga practice
- Instruct, or assess, clients on proper yoga gear
- Protect yourself with some of the Yoga Teacher insurance coverages discussed in this post
Protecting Your Yoga Studio
You may have already taken this opportunity to instruct clients from your home studio. Or you may own a commercial studio and have started broadcasting your virtual sessions from there. In either scenario, having Commercial Property Insurance is a must. to protect from damage caused by:
- Burst pipe
- Gas leak
a Commercial Property insurance policy can cover replacement and repair costs. With online yoga instruction, you are now using new equipment as part of your business. If the worst were to happen, you need to make sure your equipment is protected. That equipment can include:
- Mats, benches, blocks, straps and other fitness equipment
- Laptops, cell phones and tablets
- Webcams and camcorders, modems and routers
- Desks, filing cabinets and office supplies
Having Commercial Property insurance as a Yoga Teacher allows you to focus on your clients knowing that your home, studio and equipment are covered.
Cyber Liability Insurance – Protection Your Online Yoga Business
Are you thinking that nobody will want to target your modest online Yoga studio? Unfortunately, last year 1 in 5 businesses fell victim to a cyberattack. Of them, 60% were small or medium-sized businesses. Cybercriminals have realized that it’s easy to target small businesses and have made an industry out of doing so. And with more service businesses forced online to provide their services, it’s safe to assume that the numbers are going up.
Even if you weren’t planning on moving your instruction online, if you use technology in any way for your business, your business operations are vulnerable. Which makes Cyber Liability Insurance as important as any other insurance coverage these days. A cyberattack can:
- Lock you out of your website or app
- Shut down your website or app
- Close down your payment processing
- Steal your, or your clients’, personal information
- Steal money from online accounts
- Lead to identity theft
Cyber Liability insurance can cover the costs from a cyberattack such as:
- Data recovery
- Client notifications if their personal information was exposed
- Hardware repair or replacement
- Ransomware fees
- Legal fees
Cyber Liability insurance is a necessary coverage for all businesses these days. Your Yoga business, whether online or not, is no different.
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Commercial General Liability Insurance for Yoga Instructors
If you don’t already have insurance as a Yoga Teacher, you are exposed to potential lawsuits if a client injures him/herself. Insurance for Yoga instructors is the only way to protect your business from possible lawsuits. If you’re committed to running a professional yoga practice, having Yoga Teacher’s insurance is a part of doing business in this space.
Injuries happen to professional athletes who work with world-class trainers. Meaning they can happen to your clients as well. As an instructor and a small business owner, if one of your clients is injured, they may decide to sue you for damages. Depending on the seriousness of that injury, you could end up losing the business you worked so hard to build up. Worse, a lawsuit could mean bankruptcy. Having a Commercial General Liability insurance policy as a Yoga Teacher protects you from the legal costs that could result from a client injury such as:
- Medical costs
- Legal fees
- Lost wages
- Awards for damages
- Other costs and losses
Insuring Online Yoga Sessions
In order for your Yoga instruction business to thrive, it may be necessary to incorporate online classes, or go 100% digital – especially in light of recent events.
Unfortunately, virtual sessions could mean a higher risk of injury.
With virtual instruction it’s harder for you to correct a client’s form. It is also more challenging to know if your client is overstretching or not. Finally, there is also the possibility that your client injures him/herself while splitting focus between what they’re doing and looking at or speaking into their laptop, tablet or phone. You know the severity of injuries that can occur – muscle tears can take months or years to heal, or require surgery.
With a Commercial General Liability policy, as a Yoga instructor, you are protected if a client injures him/herself during an online training session and sues you for damages.
ALIGNED Insurance for Yoga Teachers
At ALIGNED, we’ve been helping fitness professionals and Yoga Teachers protect themselves and their businesses for years. We work with our clients to get them the coverage that makes sense for their business needs. Contact an ALIGNED broker today for a free, no-obligation quote on Yoga Teacher’s insurance.