Yoga Instructor Coaching Scholar Manuals & Copyright: What You Have to Know

First: full disclosure. I’m not a lawyer and the next can’t be construed as authorized recommendation. The next article relies upon my expertise creating yoga instructor coaching pupil manuals as a content material creator. For authorized recommendation, it is advisable seek the advice of an actual lawyer, particularly as legal guidelines might differ elsewhere.

It’s possible you’ll know this case: you’re making a yoga instructor coaching and it is advisable develop a YTT pupil handbook. The place do you begin? And the way do you get supplies? Is it moral (or authorized) to jot down down what you recognize when it’s similar to the instructor coaching handbook that you just discovered from? Are you able to embrace articles and graphics? What’s authorized?

Let’s begin along with your textual content.

Textual content & Writing

Copyright regulation within the US and Canada is fairly straight ahead: if you happen to create it, then you’ve gotten the copyright.

Let’s take a look at an actual world instance.

After I created my first for 200 hour yoga instructor coaching for YYoga as their Director of Instructor Coaching, I used to be naturally impressed by the fabric that I had discovered in my very own yoga instructor coaching as a pupil at YogaWorks. Whereas it will be a breach of copyright to repeat something from the YogaWorks pupil handbook, YogaWorks couldn’t fault me for writing down what I knew in my very own head (and what that they had taught me in my yoga instructor coaching).

In an analogous scenario, once I wrote the scholar handbook for YYoga, I used to be an worker. Subsequently, YYoga owned the copyright for that handbook – in any case, they paid me to create it! After I left that job and needed to create my very own pupil handbook, it will have been a breach of copyright to make use of any of the YYoga materials – though I had written it. Nevertheless, making a new handbook from scratch from the data in my very own head can be okay.

To keep away from copyright infringement, we now have to begin with a “clean web page.”

Which means that it is advisable put away all different pupil manuals, and solely write – initially – from what you recognize from your personal head. Sure, it might be tempting to discuss with the scholar handbook that you just discovered from as a information, however RESIST! You’ll create a way more highly effective and private providing whenever you create actually from your personal thoughts and resist referencing exterior influences.


Let’s say that Yoga Journal has created the proper article in your handbook. Can you utilize it?

Nicely, the brief reply isn’t any.

However (yay!) you’ll be able to hyperlink to it.

Lately, it’s comparatively straightforward to create a QR code. If you scan a QR code along with your cellphone, it is going to take you to that hyperlink on-line. Utilizing a QR code is an effective way to “embrace” references to related and helpful on-line assets in your handbook with out overstepping your bounds. You can additionally reference the article the quaint means and write out the reference in APA formatting that features the hyperlink. Nevertheless, needless to say some articles could also be positioned behind a paywall. For instance, if you happen to hyperlink to an article in Yoga Worldwide, college students could also be required to buy a membership so as to view it.


As in your graphics, sadly, you can not simply copy and paste these from a Google picture search. You’ve got just a few selections:

  • Pay an illustrator to create you your personal graphics.
  • Use your personal pictures. Take into account you’ll have to have permission from folks within the photograph to make use of the photograph.
  • Obtain permission from the proprietor of the picture and obtain written permission (might require compensation).
  • Use a royalty free web site, like Unsplash or Pixabay to supply pictures, the place you permitted to make use of them with out attribution.
  • Use public area pictures or pictures from sources like Wikipedia, and attribute them appropriately (on wikipedia and wikimedia, there are lots of pictures that you should use, however you might be required to “attribute” the writer).
Grey’s Anatomy: All these pictures fall into public area due to their age.

Finest Practices

A pair ultimate ideas for finest practices.

  • When creating, begin from scratch. All the time begin with the “clean web page” protocol and create solely from your personal thoughts.
  • Be unique. When you’re creating your personal YTT, construct “past” your personal YTT expertise. By the point I created my very own YTT, I had taken 2 500-hour trainings, and extra 200 hour YTT and numerous persevering with schooling workshops and trainings. From this vantage, I created one thing new that mixed many various sides of what I had discovered. Although I used to be actually standing on the shoulders of my academics, I additionally was in a position to hopefully synthesize one thing completely different on this planet.
  • Obsess about your coaching; not your pupil handbook. A pupil handbook ought to truly be the LAST factor that you just create if you’re growing a YTT program. (If you happen to’re undecided why, learn this.) The coed handbook must help the coaching expertise that you’re creating; it isn’t an alternative to that actual world expertise. Give attention to the coaching expertise first, and let the scholar handbook comply with.
  • Delegate and get help. In case you are brief on time, then contemplate getting some help in your creations. Take a look at my course, “ Create Your Scholar Handbook,” or my pre-built pupil handbook and see if that may prevent some effort and time.

Blissful Creating!

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