Rights & Code of Conduct

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Participant Rights

As a participant at any level, in any class or training conducted by the IIYS, you have the right to state your preference of the level of hands on adjustments for any reason. It is the highest priority to the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies, that all participants feel safe and that their voice is heard. If the instructor is requesting that you participate at a level in class that you are not comfortable with, please discreetly make your preference known to the teacher so appropriate alternatives can be made.   

Code of Conduct

All teachers and students enrolled in any IIYS program agree to uphold the following ethical principles:

  • To reasonably and demonstrably embody and enact the yamas and niyamas.

  • To meet financial obligations.

  • To conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that I live up to any commitments I make to students, course participants or to the public, and ensuring that my practices and behavior conform to the representations I make about myself in holding myself out as a yoga therapist or as a member of IAYT.

  • To avoid conflicts of interest and acknowledge the limitations of my skills and expertise by upholding the IAYT Scope of Practice, and when appropriate, refer clients to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction.

  • To avoid words and action that constitute sexual harrassment or harassment based on other legal protected characteristics.

  • To keep client information and records confidential and not discussed outside yoga therapy clinic unless permission is granted by the client in writing.

  • As applicable, create and maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment for yoga therapy.

  • To respect the rights of other persons regardless of their race, sex, age, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Physical or psychological abuse of a person or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person is not allowed.

  • To respect the on-going program of all aspects of the IIYS programing including teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures and other sponsored or authorized activities supported by IIYS. Obstruction or disruption of activities is not allowed.

  • Teachers admitted into any program offered by The Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies are taught hands on adjustments passed down through the Iyengar tradition by faculty. We use clear communication and cueing over hands on adjustments to assist the student into alignment. Teachers and students have the right not to participate in hands on adjustments in any class or training conducted by the IIYS. 

  • To respect the person and property of other individuals and IIYS.

  • To observe all local, state and federal laws.

  • To observe regulations pertaining to locations and organizations from or by which IIYS operates; spaces rented by IIYS, and compliance with organizations from which IIYS offers certifications (i.e. IAYT, NAMA and the Himalayan Institute).

By abiding in truthfulness, one’s words and actions are subservient to truth and thus whatever is said or done bears fruit of that sincerity.
— Mukunda Stiles, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali