Participation Waiver



May these agreements serve to support a positive, harmonious, conscious and uplifting experience for all participants, staff and entities.  


I _________________________________(print name) understand that yoga includes physical movements as well as an opportunity for relaxation, stress r­eduction and relief of muscular tension. Participation in yoga class includes, but is not limited to, participation in meditation techniques, yogic breathing techniques, philosophy, bodywork, chanting, sharing circles and yoga postures. In conversations/relationships with my fellow students and teachers, and simply throughout daily life, I acknowledge that personal challenges may also arise.  I take responsibility for participating in a course of this nature, and I will honor what arises as opportunities for growth.  I will make my own decisions about how to proceed in light of any personal challenges.

Yoga postures, or asanas, are designed to exercise every part of the body―stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the entire skeletal system. They also work on the internal organs, glands and nerves. Yoga incorporates sustained stretching to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Yoga is an individual experience. As is the case with any physical activity, the risk of injury, even serious or disabling, is always present and cannot be entirely eliminated. My signature acknowledges I understand that in yoga class I will progress at my own pace. If at any point I feel overexertion, pain, discomfort or fatigue, I will respect my own body’s limitations and I will rest before continuing Yoga or any other exercise.

I acknowledge that Yoga is not a substitute for medical attention, examination, rehabilitation, diagnosis or treatment. I further acknowledge that Yoga, Meditation, Yogic Philosophy and Spirituality are not substitutes for therapy, counseling, or psychiatric diagnosis, care or treatment. By signing,  I represent that I am in good health, at least 18 years of age, have the necessary current medical and psychological approval from a licensed medical professional to engage in physical exercise and yoga instructional classes and teacher training. I certify that I have no disability, impairment, injury, disease or ailment which would cause risk of injury or adverse health consequences as a result of engaging in physical exercise and yoga instructional classes and teacher training.  I will make the instructors aware of any medical or psychological conditions or physical limitations that may affect my participation or the rest of the group before beginning this course.  If I am pregnant, become pregnant or I am post-natal or post-surgical, my signature verifies that I have my physician’s approval to participate. I also affirm that participation is at my own risk.  

Yoga is not recommended and is not safe under certain medical conditions. I further acknowledge that specific risks include injuries resulting from over-exertion, physical adjustment, improper or negligent use of equipment, failure to follow trainer instructions, or injuries resulting from participation in an inappropriate level of physical exercise. As such, I understand and voluntarily accept these risks. I am fully aware of this risk. I hereby consent to receive medical treatment that may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and/or illness during any yoga class. 

I also hereby assume all risk of injury or illness that may result from being in this local environment, and take responsibility for researching best practices with regards to health, diseases and vaccinations, local animals & insects, swimming or surfing, hiking, eating foods & drinking local water/beverages, walking on unstable pathways, earthquakes, natural disasters, and anything else that could affect my health and well-being.  

Caribe Yoga Academy is committed to maintaining a program environment free of discrimination and harassment.  Discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, national origin, disability, age, and sexual harassment will not be tolerated during the program or on the grounds of the retreat center.  Such conduct is subject to discipline, up to and including removal from the program.  

I will practice good judgment and assume responsibility for my decisions.

I waive my right to any reimbursement or refund from this course for any reason.  I recognize that I have the right to leave the course at any time, and that my decision will be fully supported should I decide to leave the program.  I also recognize that this program is non-refundable, thus I will forfeit both my certification and my financial investment in the program should I leave the course for any reason whatsoever.  I also accept the terms that, if I am to leave the course and miss classes for any length of time outside allotted free times (barring health emergencies and pre-approved absence by the instructors), I will not be accepted back into the program to preserve the solidarity of the program/group.  I understand that the retreat center is a private location and outside guests are not allowed onto the retreat center property, unless prior approval is obtained from the instructors.  This approval is rarely granted and will be at the sole discretion of the course leaders. 

My signature further acknowledges that I shall not now or at any time in the future bring any legal action against Teacher and/or OM at Cashew Hill nor Caribe Yoga Academy; and that this waiver is binding on me, my heirs, my spouse, my children, my legal representatives, my successors and my assigns.

I (a) irrevocably WAIVE, RELEASE AND DISCHARGE FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY for my death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft or actions of any kind which hereafter may occur to me, including my traveling to and from yoga classes, Teacher and OM at Cashew Hill with the Caribe Yoga Academy, who is hosting these classes and where sessions are being held, and each of their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, representatives and agents; and (b) INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS AND AGREE NOT TO SUE the entities or persons mentioned in this paragraph as to any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in the yoga classes, whether caused by the negligence of releasees or otherwise. 


By registering for this event, I give my consent to have my picture taken in film & video recording, and for these images to be used in by OM at Cashew Hill and Caribe Yoga Academy for promotional purposes. These photographs/videos/audios will remain the property of OM/CYA and may be used in advertising or marketing campaigns on their websites, and for promotional and informational material including, but not limited to social media, flyers, brochures, newsletters, emails, advertisements, newspaper articles, TV or cable interviews/promotions. I hereby waive and release any rights to compensation for, or ownership of, such images and/or sounds.

I hereby certify that I have read this document; and, I understand its content.
I am aware that this is a release of liability as well as a contract and I sign it of my own free will.

My submission and signature serves as a complete and unconditional release of all liability, to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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