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10 Essential Tips for Better Yoga Business Contracts

Teachers, here's what you need to know about contracts. Business law expert Gary Kissiah lays out the essentials smart contracts include.

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We were so delighted to have had the chance to interview Gary Kissiah at a recent Yoga JournalLIVE! Gary has a great talent in sharing legal advice with the yoga community in an easy-to-digest way. Having helped many teachers and studio owners, he is highly qualified to share key insights on all things legal in the yoga business. Since we, as your Business of Yoga experts, are not legally qualified to make statements around accounting, contracts, insurance, or legal and financial advice, we took this opportunity to get Gary’s insight on a topic that is essential for the success and peace of mind of everyone in the yoga business: agreement contracts between studios and teachers.

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What Yoga Teachers Need to Know About Business Contracts

Why would we spend time on this topic? Unfortunately, we have seen many teachers lose great friendships and a lot of money and time over misunderstood and oftentimes, highly avoidable, expectations. Contracts are the healthiest form of legal protection a studio and teacher should have. And a great contract is one in which all essential items are listed, discussed, agreed, and executed.

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What Every Yoga Business Contract Needs

First know that a contract does not need to include everything in it, but it does need to include the fundamental details that will protect both parties and reduce the number of wrongful assumptions and unmet expectations. Gary shares with us the 10 must-have items on your contracts, and we discuss why on each of these in the video. These logistics will allow teachers and studios to operate with the peace of mind they should embody as examples of a solid yoga practice.

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Watch the Video: 10 Essential Tips for Yoga Contracts

Don’t miss this interview. Take detailed notes and look for these items every time you sign a contract moving forward. Taking the time to learn these key business tips will make the rest of your journey more peaceful and enjoyable.

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