EPISODE 29 - DO YOU NEED A LAWYER? LEANING INTO THE LEGAL SIDE OF RUNNING A WELLNESS BUSINESS WITH NID RA

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ABOUT THE SHOW

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that as a yoga teacher you probably started teaching because practicing yoga changed your life in some way. Maybe it helped you heal chronic pain or illness, or showed you a more skillful way of working with your mind. And because of those benefits, perhaps you felt compelled to learn more about yoga, or wanted to share it with others. At some point you enrolled in a teacher training, and then began to teach. For most of us, we don’t start teaching as a means to start a business - however, as soon as you begin accepting money for teaching yoga - that’s exactly what you’ve got. In rare instances, you might be classified as an employee as a yoga teacher, but the vast majority of us (at least right now) are sole traders and independent contractors. 

And as a business owner, there are certain legal considerations that you need to have in place to make sure you are clear and in integrity with your students, collaborators and fellow teachers. 

Like, did you know that the simple act of having a website means that you should have privacy policies, disclaimers, a cookies policy and a terms of use section???

If that’s old news to you  - don’t judge. 

And if you’re like me, and are just learning this now - this episode is for you. 

In today's show I speak with Nid Ra. Nid began her working life as a dance teacher, then later became a barrister, and solicitor. She worked in house for leading media and music companies as a technology music licensing specialist. In 2012 Nid suffered a head injury and as part of her recovery she established her first wellness business. After migrating to Australia in 2016, Nid created Spirit Law, which supports more yoga teachers, healers, mindfulness companies to grow their online business and protect their rights.

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PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS

  • Why yoga teachers need to protect themselves legally
  • How the law helps to reflect our values and uphold integrity in our working relationships
  • Why we need to be especially mindful with legal matters when teaching online
  • Negotiating contacts between yoga studios & yoga teachers
  • Why the inner work of our practice needs to be reflected in how we run our businesses
  • How to find a good lawyer & strategies for saving money while hiring a lawyer
  • When legal templates might be enough, and when you need to hire a professional
  • And the legal considerations every website must have

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