Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidelines from the 22nd October

Yoga classes in person remain suspended until 2nd November in the following five health board areas: NHS Ayrshire & Arran (North, South and East Ayrshire local authority areas), NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde local authority areas), NHS Lanarkshire (North and South Lanarkshire local authority areas), NHS Forth Valley (Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk local authority areas) and NHS Lothian (Edinburgh, East, West and Mid-Lothian local authority areas)

Yoga class are classed as 'indoor group exercise activities'. 

Adult (18+) indoor group exercise activities are not allowed. (Adult group activity for the purposes of this guidance is activity, involving adults, from more than 2 households / 6 members of those households who take part in an activity on any one day.)  

Outdoor adult non-contact group exercise and indoor adult individual exercise can continue in line with current SGB and operator guidance. So this DOES NOT effect outdoor classes  or 1-2-1 sessions as long as physical distancing measures are in place and the 1-2-1 sessions are taking place in a gym, yoga studio or sports centre with covid-19 safety in place.

There is no change to sport and physical activity guidance for under 18s.

SportsScotland have confirmed the following guidance must be followed for mother/father and baby/toddler yoga:

The situation is constantly changing, and as a small team of volunteer trustees, it takes time to interpret the government guidelines as they change and translate them to yoga teaching. 


Thank you for your patience and on going support


Guidelines from the 7th October

Following the announcement by the Scottish Government today, yoga classes (classed as 'group activities') must be suspended from Friday 9th October in the following five health board areas:

Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian, Forth Valley.

At present, it is unclear how long these measures will be in force for and how this affects outdoor classes. Yoga Scotland will seek clarification and update our members as soon as possible.

The situation is constantly changing, and as a small team of volunteer trustees, it takes time to interpret the government guidelines as they change and translate them to yoga teaching. 

Thank you for your patience and on going support


Previous guidance:

It is the responsibility of each venue operator and teacher to ensure documented risk assessments (download on right available), based on local circumstances, are completed prior to any activity taking place. Consider safety first, particularly focusing on minimising the risk of infection/transmission. Appropriate measures must be put in place to ensure participants, staff and volunteers are protected at all times. This includes physical distance measures between participants.

Teachers should ensure hand sanitisers or wipes are available for use at entrance/exit to activity where possible and ask participants to bring their own hand sanitiser (hand sanitiser should be at least 60% alcohol based and detergent wipes appropriate for the surface they are being used on).

Participants should bring their own equipment where possible, including yoga props. If teachers are providing mats and equipment, they must be sanitised between users. Participants should arrive in the appropriate clothing for the session as changing is not advisable. No personal equipment should be left at a facility by a teacher or participant once the class has ended.

Online bookings should be taken if possible. If not, alternative measures should be put in place including phone bookings. Where possible and in line with Data Protection regulations, a register of users should be kept in case there is a need to track and trace. Please follow any guidance provided by your employer or venue operator. Consider introducing buffer periods between sessions to stagger start times so that participants do not all arrive/leave at the same time. Where possible use online or contactless payment options and avoid handling cash.

The resources SportsScotland have created are excellent and include checklists and risk assessments. To download:

And this link takes you the link for guidelines for facilities and community spaces should also be following:

All further information and resources from Sports Scotland can be found here:


Guidelines - Venue Expectations - Yoga Scotland  – 2020/21

As classes are returning to venues, Yoga Scotland expects the safety measures below to be in place at any venue teachers use.

A risk assessment must be completed by the Teacher and a paper copy should be signed and kept to ensure evidence of the check being completed.

These guidelines have been adapted from government guidelines and standards being established by public venues/studios/indoor spaces operated in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yoga Scotland is committed to ensuring that it’s Teachers and their class participants, are safe and have a clear understanding of these guidelines.

The following guidelines are in accordance with government guidelines following the announcement that that indoor sport facilities and gyms can reopen from 31 August 2020 onwards

Hygiene measures at venue:

  • Hand sanitation on entering the building and/or studio room
  • Soap, paper towels, hand drier available in the WC areas
  • No tea/coffee, shared food area - participants bring their own refreshments / water bottles
  • Removal of all non-essential equipment
  • Studio door handles, toilets, floors should be cleaned prior to the start of the session. Appropriate cleaning regularly throughout the day. Touch spots like door handles, flush handles to be disinfected between each use, disinfectant to be provided.
  • Protocol for contact & trace measures if anyone develops symptoms post session
  • Protocol for a participant who develops Covid-19 symptoms while in situ
  • No congregating in doorways. Adhering to the 2 metre distance guidelines at all times, as best as possible. Ideally, venues will have one-way systems in place to follow.
  • Mats not to be in circles or face to face - guidance on distancing indoors is still 2 metres in Scotland, this may be reduced to 1 metre if masks are worn.
  • Foot sanitising if possible
  • When teaching on carpets, if the carpets can not be disinfected or steam cleaned, then a protective layer is suggested. This may be a sheet, dust sheet or a carpet protection film available from builders / decorator merchants

Personal safety:

  • Participants bring their own sanitised mat and equipment including a mask
  • Participants to bring your own hand sanitiser
  • Wash hands regularly during the day and avoid touching your face.

Teacher’s responsibility:

  • Identifying high risk people and ensuring they do not attend class
  • Risk assessment check list completed before class starts
  • Ensure guidelines and safety measures are adhered to and participants feel safe
  • Adequate ventilation measures are in place. Opening windows and doors if possible
  • Practices such as nadi shodhana (or practices which require touching the face), or kapalabhati/bhastrika and simhasana (using a forceful exhale) as well as chanting, paired asana or physical adjustment must be avoided. These would need to be taught online.


1-2-1 Sessions

1-2-1 sessions can take place, however teachers must ensure they are meeting no more than 4 other households each day. A risk assessment and all necessary measures must be taken to ensure safety and to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes keeping a record of participants in line with data protection regulations and taking bookings online, via email or telephone including contactless payments. If you teach from your 1-2-1's from home please ensure your home insurance covers you to do so or it is possible to arrange premises liability which gives you the necessary protection in case of ‘slips and trips’. 


Teaching Outdoors

As of Monday 24th August outdoor group coaching for organised sports and leisure activities including yoga classes can take place for a maximum of 30 people at any one time. Participants can be from different households and must adhere to the 2 metre physically distanced rules. Teachers must ensure the relevant preparations and risk assessment have been made for teaching outside. 


Yoga Scotland insured teachers are covered to teach both indoors and outdoors when you are able to do so, subject to the Government guidelines.

Insurance information

Well being Insurance has confirmed the following extensions to insurance cover (19.03.20):

Insurance underwriters have just made the following extensions to insurance cover. If you are planning to live stream yoga classes or pre-record yoga classes for your students, please read the update carefully.

In summary:

(1) Live streaming classes will be covered if the teacher can see the students and vice versa. These will be students known to the teacher including knowledge of students’ pre-existing medical conditions.

(2) Pre-recorded classes will be covered when (a) students have signed a legal disclaimer to state that participation in the class is at their own risk, (b) the online class is via a secure platform that requires a personal password/ID for the student to access the class, (c) students are already registered with the teacher, are known to them, have previously attended at least one class or had an initial assessment with the teacher on a 1:1 basis or small class setting prior to the student participating (d) the class must be suitable for remote teaching and the teacher must proactively discuss and encourage students to practice in a suitable environment, (e) the teacher doesn’t introduce new movements or poses that have not already seen their students practice.



To view and/or download the full Insurance update document please click here.

Thank you for your patience at this evolving & challenging time.