Light on Law for Yoga Teachers is just for yoga and wellness teachers. It will empower you to meet your legal obligations and to protect yourself from legal trouble.

Here are just a sample of the many questions that I discuss in the book:

How do I start my yoga business? How do I protect myself from liability for injury? How do I set up a yoga practice in my home? How can I safely hold yoga classes in the park and on retreats? Does my insurance policy protect everything that I do? Can I negotiate my teaching agreements with the studios and what should I really care about? Am I an independent contractor or an employee? What are my tax obligations? How can I trademark my brand? What do I need to know for my website?

The book is a beautiful, full color 200 page PDF which is readable on all computers, iPads and iPhones.

The book includes 23 legal agreements written just for yoga teachers. You can copy the legal agreements, paste them into Word and revise them for your specific situation.

Here is the table of contents from Light on Law for Yoga Teachers:

1. The Meeting of the Minds

  • How Do I Make My Own Legally Binding Agreement?
  • Do Not Use Oral Agreements
  • Amend Your Agreements
  • Read and Understand Your Agreements
  • The Many Types of Agreements

2. Protecting Yourself Against Liability: The Three Limbed Strategy

  • Introduction
  • The Release of Liability
  • Effective Insurance Coverage
  • Careful Teaching Strategies
  • Current Litigation in the Yoga World

3. Starting and Running Your Yoga Business

  • Getting Started
  • Should I Use a Legal Entity for My Business?
  • What Type of Legal Entity Should I Use?
  • How Do I Organize My LLC?
  • What Are The Legal Responsibilities For My LLC?
  • What Is A Buy-Sell Agreement?
  • Be Protected By Your Legal Shield!
  • Independent Contractors and Employees
  • Nuts and Bolts-Permits, Registration and Taxes
  • What If Someone Wants To Buy My Yoga Business?

4. Legal Agreements

  • Start Using Agreements!
  • Your Teaching Agreement
  • Release Me!
  • Membership Agreements
  • Workshop Agreements
  • Retreat Agreements
  • Teacher Training Program Agreements and Immersions
  • Coaching Agreements
  • Webinars, Telecourses and Online Classes
  • Corporate Yoga Agreements

5. Branding Your Yoga Business

  • What Is A Trademark?
  • How Do I Trademark My Brand Name?
  • What Is Trademark Infringement?
  • Why Should I Do A Trademark Search?
  • Create A Distinctive Trademark To Get Protection
  • How Do I Register A Trademark?

6. Creating and Protecting Your Content

  • What Is Copyright And Why Do I Care?
  • How Do I Protect My Teacher Training Materials?
  • How Much Stuff From The Internet Can I Use?
  • How Do I Get Copyright Protection?
  • Is Registration of A Copyright Required?
  • How Long Does A Copyright Last and What is Public Domain?
  • Penalties for Copyright Infringement

7. Websites and Social Media

  • Clear The Domain Name For Your Website
  • How To Conduct A Trademark Search
  • Establish Your Common Law Trademark Rights
  • Use Your Trademark To Protect Your Domain Name
  • Use Copyright To Protect Your Website
  • Make Sure Your Website Content Does Not Infringe
  • Can I Use Content I Have Downloaded?
  • Selling Products Through Your Website
  • Website Terms of Use
  • Privacy
  • The CAN-SPAM Act
  • Blogging
  • Current Issues in Social Media
  • Website Designers and Building Your Website

8. Independent Contractors and Employees

  • Are Teachers Independent Contractors or Employees?
  • What Should Yoga Teachers Do?

9.Taxation and Regulation

  • Independent Contractors and Employees
  • State and Local Tax and Regulatory Issues
  • Tax Savings For Independent Contractors
  • Bartering and Work For Trade
  • Do Not Practice Medicine
  • Be Aware of Laws Regulating Day Care Centers

10. Best Practices for Teaching Students With Pre-existing Medical Conditions

  • Executive Summary
  • The Legal Perspective
  • The Duty of Reasonable Care
  • Intentionally Assuming The Higher Duty of Care
  • Yoga Therapy and Private Lessons
  • Pre-Natal and Open and Obvious Conditions
  • What If a Student Volunteers Information About A Condition?
  • Power and Hot Yoga
  • Place the Burden of Care on the Students
  • Soliciting Medical Information From Students
  • Touch
  • Confidential Treatment of Private Information

12. Appendices and The Forms Library

  • Appendix A- Independent Contractors Under Federal Law
  • Appendix B-Independent Contractors Under California Law
  • Appendix C-Buy-Sell Triggering Events
  • Appendix D-Privacy Resources

11. How To Work With Lawyers Without Losing Your Mind and Your Wallet

  • When Should I Hire A Lawyer?
  • How Do I Find A Lawyer?
  • Use Paralegals
  • How To Choose A Lawyer
  • Twelve Strategies To Lower Legal Your Fees

Appendix E-The Legal Forms Library

(You can copy the legal agreements from the book, paste them into Word and revise them for your specific situation)
(You can copy the legal agreements from the book, paste them into Word and revise them for your specific situation)

  • A-1 Consignment Agreement A-2 Blogging Policy
  • A-3 Business Planning and Inspiration
  • A-4 Coaching Agreement
  • A-5 Content Release
  • A-6 Copyright and Trademark Resources
  • A-7 Copyright Legends
  • A-8 Employment Agreement
  • A-9 Form of Amendment to Agreement
  • A-10 Form of Letter Agreement
  • A-11 Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • A-12 Privacy Policy
  • A-13 Private Student Input Form
  • A-14-The Model Form of Release and Waiver of Liability
  • A-15 Independent Contractor Agreement for Teachers
  • A-16 Teacher Training Program Agreement
  • A-17 Telecourse and Webinar Agreement
  • A-18 Terms of Use-Not Selling Products
  • A-19 Terms of Use-Selling Products
  • A-20 Terms of Use-Short Form
  • A-21 Workshop Agreement
  • A-22 Yoga Retreat Agreement
  • A-23 Corporate Yoga Agreement

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