Waiver Q & A
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS about the WAIVER
1. Why is the Yoga Centre asking students to sign a waiver now?
Having students sign a waiver serves two purposes. Firstly, it ensures that you are aware there are risks in taking yoga classes and your responsibility related to those risks. Secondly, it protects the Centre from claims for injury to person and property. Participants in sport and recreational activities have become increasingly aware of their right, if they become injured, to make a claim against the organizations offering these activities. In order to protect the Centre from the time and cost of defending an injury claim, we have created a release to ask people to think about their rights and responsibilities, and to waive any future claims against the Centre before engaging in any of our yoga classes, workshops or other events. The prevailing line of legal authority in Canada holds that releases relating to recreational sports activities are not unconscionable. We are one of the few yoga studios in Victoria who currently do not have a waiver.
2. Do I have to sign the waiver to take classes at the Centre?
Starting September 2015, all students must sign the waiver prior to attending classes, workshops, retreats, intensives and special events. The initial box ensures that students think about each of the four points before signing the full waiver.
3. When do I sign the waiver?
The waiver must be signed when you register for a class, workshop, intensive or retreat. Each time you buy a term of classes, a short or long pass, or pay for a drop in, you must sign the waiver. Drop-in students must sign the waiver each time.
4. Why are we signing the waiver on paper and not on an electronic device?
We have chosen the paper copy because we want you to take time to read the waiver carefully. With just a few tablets available you would be rushed. The Centre will keep the paper originals for 3 years. At that point, we will scan them onto a USB stick and hold on to them for another 2-3 years.
5. Why is the waiver written in this language?
This kind of language is consistent with language used in waivers examined by the courts in the prevailing line of legal authority in Canada.
6. Why doesn’t the Centre just purchase enough insurance to cover damages and legal costs in the event we are sued?
A waiver provides protection against lawsuits and it would be prohibitive to pay the insurance rates for the amount of insurance required. The Centre’s insurance company has recommended that we put a waiver in place, for the reasons cited in question #1 above.
What class should I take?
Check the Class Descriptions page to see the variety of classes we offer. If you are still not sure, please call us.
No scents: Please do not wear perfume, cologne, essential oil or any scented products to class.
Keep your voice low in the lobby. When a class is finishing, students will be in relaxation.
If you are ill, please focus on your healing at home. You are welcome to make up classes during the term.
Cell phones: Please turn your cell off before class.
Leave no trace: Please use the change rooms to store belongings. Take wallets and purses into the studios.
Put away props: neatly place tissues in garbage receptacles, and take all belongings home with you.
NO Scents Please
Do I book in advance?
When should I arrive?
Do classes ever fill up?
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What should I bring?
What if I'm not flexible?
How long are the classes?
What can I expect in a class?
If you have particular physical conditions or are menstruating or pregnant, consult your teacher at the beginning of class. You may receive alternate poses suitable for your practice that day.
How should I begin practising Iyengar Yoga?
I missed a class. Can I do a make-up?
Can I register for part of a term?
Do you offer bursaries or scholarships?
Workshop scholarships are available to students holding an Iyengar Yoga Centre Membership. They must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to summer intensives and two weeks prior to regular workshops.
How does Iyengar Yoga differ from other styles of yoga?
Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energizing, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn yogic breathing.
Why is emphasizing alignment in the yoga poses important?
What's the certification process for Iyengar teachers?
These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of Yoga worldwide. Our certification mark is the guarantee of this quality.