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Good News for our Yoga Therapists teaching 1-1
You can find all the up to date information here:


Important information for Registrants

Dear Registrant

We are writing to update you on the latest news on returning to work.

The Government announced in a press conference yesterday that from Monday 13 July close-contact services can reopen in England  "subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services".

What does this mean for CNHC Registrants practising 'hands-on therapies' in England?

You may return to work on Monday 13 July subject to the exception below, and provided that you:

  • Do not treat high risk zones. This is defined in UK Government guidance as "the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard".
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that you are covered by your Professional Indemnity Insurance.

The UK Government guidance for close contact services can be found here.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local lockdown restrictions you cannot return to work yet.

We are updating CNHC guidance on preparing to return to work in line with the Government's guidance and will send you further information, as well as providing an update for Registrants in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales shortly.

Contact us
If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us a

Please click here for Reopening Face to face information
Please click here for Risk Assessment

Links for teaching outdoors


The Institute of Yoga Sports science are now offering a 20 hour course on How to Teach yoga online. BWY members get 30% off when using the coupon code BWY2020. Click here for more info. 



***Please check your centre’s guidelines and risk assessment policy**
The Government guidelines are in the process of being updated, but in the interim:
* Gyms and health clubs still not allowed to open (probable date will be mid-July)
* 2 metre rule for social distancing reduced to 1 metre
* Community centres in England can open from 4th July
* Indoor classes are still not permitted

We would recommend:
Outdoor classes must maintain AT LEAST 1 metre social distancing and still only have 5 students (this has not yet been changed but awaiting guideline updates)
Maintaining 1 metre social distancing WHERE 2 metres is not possible
Ask students to bring any equipment that can't be cleaned by you e.g. blankets/bolsters
Verbal adjustments only
Once the statements are updated we will issue another statement
Please note our  insurance will cover your teaching providing you follow our guidelines.
Wendy Haring
BWYT Chair

For First Aid Training Interim Guidance for teachers and student teachers please click here.

Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Everyone who pays tax can now apply for the Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Most will have received a letter, but you can check your eligibility under


Please Click Here for the Facebook live notes from 28th May.


Updated Government guidance for those who fall under the category of Personal Trainers and Coaches, which includes Yoga can be found here.


Please Click Here for the Facebook live notes from 5th May.

Please Click Here for Student Disclaimer Doc
Please Click Here for Student Disclaimer PDF
Please Click Here for Best Practice Remote Teaching Doc
Please Click Here for Best Practice Remote Teaching PDF
Following Government Guidelines, from today, Wednesday 13th May, if you reside in England, it is possible for teachers to teach outside one to one classes observing the 2 metres social distancing rule. You will be covered by our insurance.
You can only teach in a park or public space and please do check with your local council if this is acceptable. Private gardens are currently not permissible.
Wendy Haring
BWYT Chair
Everyone who pays tax can now apply for the Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme opened at 8.30am this morning. Most will have received a letter, but you can check your eligibility under
Please click here for the CPD Statement Update
Please click here for the Facebook Live notes for 9th April 2020.
Notes Following the BWY Facebook Live with Vice Chair, Gillian Osborne, 2nd April 2020
are now available:
Please click here for the Word Document
Please click here for the PDF
Please click here for a PDF of a student health questionnaire
Please click here for a Word Document of a student health questionnaire
Please click here for Remote teaching Insurance explained
Please click here for student guidance - remote sessions

Please Click here to view the latest Webinar from The Institute of yoga sport science.

Please click here for the notes on Gillians Live Q&A from the 24/03/202.


Just to let you know that we have been working hard to find out what is possible for our Teacher Training courses and will be sending you all some information next week.

Meantime if there are any urgent questions you are welcome to contact Wendy Haring (BWYT Chair) on or Sarah Beck (BWYT TTO) on mail to:




We send out our warmest wishes to you, our members, and hope that you can take comfort in the gifts of yoga during these troubled times, bringing some light into the darkness.

In case of any doubt: face to face teaching, which we did not advise prior to the government’s announcement yesterday, is categorically no longer covered by insurance.

Stay safe, be well and keep close to your practice.

Come to our Facebook live today if you have questions.



Information from Webinar with YSS.

Please find below the video recording and resources.
YSS have confirmed that for Friday we have a capacity of 1,000 who will be able to view. You can also see via FB Live tomorrow by going to the YSS FB page.…



BWY Refund Policy For Booked Events 24th March 2020

If you are booked on a BWY event, the tutors/representatives will try and re-arrange this for a later date.

If you would rather receive a refund, please contact the tutors/representatives directly. Please do not go to Central Office.

Refund Information For Tutors/Representatives

For those attendees requesting a refund for an event please send a single email to with all the names and BWY membership numbers. This replaces the current process during this time.


CPD in times of Corona Virus: a message from NISTO/ your CPD officer Wendy Teasdill

As you will have realised, all IST/ CPD days have been postponed due to the current situation with Covid 19 containment. This coincides with the fact that we are about to change over to the new CPD system, which was due to take place after Congress. Now of course Congress has been cancelled but work on the transition continues. This should not affect your ways of accruing points/ hours.

If you are worried about how you can gain your CPD points/ hours, don’t be. If you are upskilling to deliver your classes online, for example, you can claim for the process. If you are watching the online webinars from the BWY you can claim two points/ hours for the two hours, and anything up to five points/ hours for the time it takes you to learn how to set it up.

Remember that IST/ CPD days are not the only ways of achieving points/ hours. Maybe you have time to increase your Svadhyaya – self-study. It could be as simple as taking your copy of the Bhagavad Gita off the shelf and reading it through with attention to how you might integrate the teachings into your practice and classes. Maybe you could study that wonderful yoga book you bought three years ago and have not yet had time to peruse. Remember – it is not enough to just read these things – but as long as you go through the process of making it your own ie. say how you can adapt what you learn to your practice and teaching – it will be valid.

The internet of course is awash with excellent resources. The BWY already has a comprehensive menu of online learning courses – look at:

- and we we will doubtless be offering more as the situation continues.

Yogic Studies – a Harvard-based platform - are offering a week’ of free unlimited access to yoga teachers to access their courses (which are highly recommended) after which you have the option to discontinue your trial membership, or begin to pay our $75 per month membership fee.:

You may embark upon your own self-directed course of Pranayama or meditation – in which case, keep a journal and, again – be prepared to identify at some point how you can take this into your teaching.

We have to adapt to survive. Enjoy.

Congress 2020

We have an important, but disappointing announcement to make to all those attending the BWY Congress Event at Warwick University on the 4-5th April 2020.

Our ultimate priority is the well-being of everyone attending this event. Given the current situation with COVID-19, it is with great regret that the BWY have taken the decision to cancel this year’s event.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any disappointment caused and we will be focusing our efforts on making Congress 2021 the best yet!

All exhibitors and ticket holders will be issued a full refund and we anticipate this being completed by the end of March.

We are looking at options to fulfil our obligations with regards to the AGM and will update members at the earliest opportunity.

We appreciate that this will likely raise questions and we appreciate your patience as we work through the situation.

Thank you for your understanding.

Yoga News


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