Opening a Yoga Studio: Legal Considerations

Presented by Gary Kissiah, RYT 200, and Darren Main, E-RYT 500 | Published on: May 29, 2013


About This Workshop

Join Yoga Alliance, Darren Main and Gary Kissiah on a discussion of ethical and legal considerations for opening a yoga studio. As a former yoga studio owner, Darren will share his thoughts on the common ethical questions new studio owners face, such as how to work with and alongside competing studios in your community. As a lawyer who has worked with yoga studios, Gary will walk us through the most important legal issues you need to know before you open your doors, including leasing, partnership arrangements, necessary registrations and permits.

This discussion is for informational and illustrative purposes only and is not meant to impart legal or tax advice. Each studio owner’s situation may differ depending on the factual circumstances and the jurisdiction in which the studio operates.

About Gary Kissiah

Gary Kissiah has been studying and practicing yoga since 2000. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Gary has studied yoga at Esalen Institute, Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Satchidananda Ashram. He practices Zen at Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center and has studied at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. The author of the new book, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Illuminations Through Image, Commentary and Design,” Gary is also on the teaching faculty of Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos, California. 

View his website.

Eligibility for Continuing Education

This workshop counts for one Continuing Education Non-Contact Hour or one RYS Curriculum Non-Contact Hour under the Teaching Methodology category.

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