The crew at Conscious Counsel is so stoked for our upcoming chat at Toronto Yoga Conference in April, 2017. As our practice is still just a few months old, we thought it would be cool to share a few lessons we have learned working with our yoga instructors, yoga studio owners, yoga festivals and yoga retreat runners. These lessons apply to anyone running a business. We’ll be chatting about this and all other fascinating and inspirational topics at the Conference. Enjoy!
1) PUT IT IN WRITING
Use your contracts and agreements as a tool to communicate your expectations with everyone you do business with. Doing this from the start is the most effective way to prevent challenges and misunderstandings in the future. Sort it from the start and you’ll be headache free moving forward!
2) USE YOUR OWN VOICE
Each yogi has their own contribution to make to the world. Being authentic in your documents enables you to be confident and proud using them. Standardized legal documents are yucky.
3) BE COURAGEOUS
If you are running a business and are not properly set up, there are probably a few things keeping you up at night. The longer you wait to deal with them, the heavier you will feel. Be courageous. Acknowledge that you have to fix something and be dedicated to doing it. Sweeping it under the rug just prolongs the pain and multiplies the cost.
4) GET YOUR WAIVERS RIGHT
Having the right waiver of liability and release makes all the difference. Lots of waivers are good, but not great. The goal is to let your clients know about the risks they are assuming, ensuring they are participating in an activity voluntarily and releasing you from any liability. Getting this right is imperative. Shoot us over your waivers and we’ll be happy to tighten them up for you.
5) PERFECT YOUR PARTNER PRACTICE
If you are running a business with a partner, it is crucial to memorialize the expectations and outcomes for how the relationship will live, breathe and eventually die. Avoiding the conversation only leads to future stress. How can you practice partner poses without clear and confident communication?
6) STRIKE A POSE
If you post pictures and videos of people in your classes, at your festival or on your retreats, you need legal permission to do so. Learn how to do so in a super comfortable and gentle way. You’ll find that if you connect with people in the right way, they’ll be happy to help out. The key is how you do it and ensuring you do it right.
7) ASK FOR ADJUSTMENTS
We are here to help you. My biggest fear as a lawyer is that my clients will be too afraid to ask a question. Call me anytime. Ask if you think even the slightest thing might be out of alignment. If you are performing a posture that doesn’t feel right, wouldn’t you ask your instructor for an adjustment? If not, you don’t get the benefits.
8) PERFORM THE RIGHT POSES FOR YOU
It may happen that you think a certain course of action is best for you, so you develop tunnel vision and think a certain outcome must happen. The right lawyers are artists. Explore your options. Be open to creativity, you’ll be surprised how easy and fun some decisions can be. Let’s explore the depth of your practice together.
9) YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW
There is a ton of stuff you should probably be doing that you are completely unaware of. That’s cool. Learning new things leads to growth and professionalization. We’re happy to teach you about some simple steps that can make your life easier and your business stronger.
10) DREAM ON
Above all else, Conscious Counsel is a reminder that even fanciful or unconventional dreams can come true. This legal practice is a reminder of that. Whatever your dream is, you can make it a reality. We believe in you and want to see you thriving in the life you create for yourself.
Thank you to Cory for sharing his tips and expertise with us! If you want more information on how to protect your studio and your teaching practice, register for Cory’s workshop at this year’s conference, visit his website, or RSVP to his event page on Facebook.