By Jenny Park
Yoga offers many benefits, but as with any exercise program, there are always potential risks. In order to protect themselves from potential liabilities, responsible yoga studios need to develop a waiver form for clients. Appropriate waiver forms should include specific information about each client.
The first section of a waiver form should include a place for clients to fill in personal information. Start with the basics: Name, address, contact information, emergency contacts, and phone numbers. Then, include a “Risk Assessment,” where a list of specific ailments is noted, and clients are asked to circle those that apply to them. Include items like heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, breathing issues that require an inhaler, joint, muscle, or bone pain, abnormal resting heart rate, diabetes, and tobacco use. Leave space for clients to fill in additional medical information as necessary.
The next section should include questions about the client’s current level of physical activity. Ask them to list activities they do on a regular basis, or provide a list of common forms of exercise to circle. Get a general feel for the amount of time the client spends on physical activities. Make it easy for them by asking them to estimate the amount of time spent each day. Include another section to list any current medications the client takes.
After the client lists all personal information, the waiver needs to state an agreement to which the client must agree and sign. Create a statement saying that the client agrees to participate in yoga knowing the potential risks associated with it, and they claim all responsibility for potential injuries even when associated with negligence on behalf of the yoga studio. They must also agree that they are in good physical condition, are willing to accept the responsibility of self-monitoring and stopping any activity that doesn’t feel good.
If yoga classes are held outside or near a street or other traffic area, include an agreement stating the client is aware of the potential risks associated with the busy street, or to follow all traffic laws. If clients use yoga mats, blocks, or other pieces of equipment belonging to the studio, include a statement vowing to use and return all equipment in good condition.
Payment Information – Optional
Add a section laying out the payment requirements for your yoga studio. Include the formats of payment that are accepted, when they are expected, and the consequences for not paying, or for late payment.
Make sure to include a line for a signature and a date at the bottom of the waiver.
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