Code of Conduct :

The following Code of Conduct is part of the accreditation process for all teachers teaching at the Atma Center.  It is provided and monitored by the Yoga Academy of North America (YANA).

YANA recognizes yoga teaching as a noble profession and has set forth this Code of Conduct to provide teachers with guidelines to inspire and protect students.  YANA recognizes the hierarchal nature or the teacher/student relationship.  YANA believes that it is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure a safe environment where a student can grow physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Stay informed of developments in yoga through ongoing professional development
o   Attend workshops and classes regularly
o   Integrate ongoing information into class instruction

Represent our training, experience and abilities truthfully 
o   Refrain from exaggeration of any qualification
o   Provide instruction only in areas of competence
o   Respect copyrights and give appropriate acknowledgement 
o   Seek out mentoring for weak areas of practice
o   Establish a referral system

Maintain confidentiality of student information
o   Secure all student records
o   Respect students’ private, personal information and do not share unless permitted by student
o   Respect privacy information that has been given to employer or studio for whom you teach
o   Obtain written permission for use of photos or videos of students

Conduct financial matters according to recognized accounting procedures
o   Set fees according to market value
o   Report earnings according to tax laws

Personal conduct
o   Avoid substance abuse
o   Maintain a healthy lifestyle
o   Maintain a personal practice
o   Aspire to embody the principles of yoga

Maintain appropriate relationship boundaries and respect for each student
o   Refrain from all forms of discrimination and harassment 
o   Respect every student’s belief system
o   Exercise extreme caution before entering into teacher/student dual relationships, such as sexual, business, or close personal relationships
o   Establish communication/seek out counseling with mentors/peers to discuss any teacher/student relationship issues