This policy describes the standards of conduct, ethics and performance expected of all teachers on the aYs register. Once a teacher is registered they must act in keeping with the wording and spirit of this code.
Teachers should comply with the principles of good, ethical practice as listed below:
- Respect the right and dignity of every person and treat everyone equally within the context of yoga.
- Respect student’s dignity, privacy and individuality.
- Ensure your own beliefs and values do not prejudice your student’s care and wellbeing.
- Place the wellbeing and safety of the student above the development of the practice.
- Develop an appropriate working relationship with students, based on mutual trust and respect.
- Encourage students to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and practice.
- Confirm with students exactly what is expected of them and what they are entitled to expect from the teacher.
- Hold up to date and appropriate insurance cover.
- Maintain and update their knowledge and skills by undertaking continuing professional development (CPD).
- Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other teachers, doctors, etc.) in the best interests of the student.
- Keep all information about clients confidential.
- Always promote the positive aspects of yoga and embrace the value of non-harming (ahimsa).
- Consistently display high standards of behaviour.
- AYS teachers are expected to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, in line with legal requirements and the code of conduct of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council.
Complaints against aYs teachers will be dealt with according to the aYs complaints procedure.