Code of Ethical Conduct
Updated January 2023
Every IYO® YOGA COMPETITION Participants has the power and the
responsibility to shape the culture within our Indian Yoga. By practicing our shared values, and staying focused on our highest priority – the safety and well-being of our Yogis & Yoginis – we can promote an environment that empowers and supports Yoga, and makes participation in the competition a positive and rewarding experience for all Participants.
The IYO® YOGA COMPETITION of Ethical Conduct (the “Code”) is our collective commitment to work ethically in all instances. It offers a tangible way to put our values into practice, and guidance in situations that have potential or actual ethical implications. Ultimately, the effectiveness of the Code depends on a personal commitment from every Participants of the Yoga community.
This Code is divided into three sections: (1) the Yogis & Yoginis Bill of Rights; (2) Ethical Obligations; and
(3) Resolution of Ethical Issues. The Code does not address misconduct or abusive behaviors. Instead, the IYO® YOGA COMPETITION Safe Sport Policy provides the definitions and mandatory reporting requirements for misconduct and abuse.
All Participants, Yoga Professionals, Yoga volunteers, Board Participants, Yoga committee and Yoga task force Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION and Yoga contractors (collectively, “Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION” or “Participants”), are required to implement and adhere to this Code.
Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION are also required to accept the requirements of and comport themselves in accordance with (a) the rules, policies, and procedures of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION and the Indian Ministry of Sports (c) all applicable state and local laws.
I. Yogis & Yoginis Bill of Rights
All Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION are committed to ensuring that Yogis & Yoginis have a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment in which to train Yoga and compete, and that each Yogis & Yogini has the ability to:
- Participate in Yoga
Yoga is inclusive and open to everyone. All Yogis & Yoginis have the right to participate, regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, national origin, religion, or any other basis proscribed by law. Yogis & Yoginis have the right to participate at a level commensurate with their maturity and ability and will be given an equal opportunity to strive for success.
- Train Yoga and compete safely
Safety is paramount. All Yogis & Yoginis have the right to:
- Participate in an environment that is free from emotional, sexual, or physical abuse;
- Train and compete in a safe environment, free from inappropriate physical hazards, bullying, hazing, harassment, stalking, violence, or similar threats; and
- Train Yoga and compete on Yoga mats that is clean, appropriately fitted, and properly
- Have their personal health and wellness prioritized
Yogis & Yoginis have the right to pursue a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, mental health support, injury prevention and care, and necessary rest and recuperation, especially when healing from injury.
- To be treated with dignity and respect
Yogis & Yoginis have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. They have the right to make mistakes and fail without fear. They have the right to be respected, encouraged and supported appropriately by other Yogis & Yoginis, parents, Yoga Gurus, Yoga Judges, Spectators, Yoga Event officials and those in positions of authority.
- Receive proper instruction Yogis & Yoginis have the right to:
- Be coached by individuals who are knowledgeable and have received appropriate
- Be properly prepared for participation by those in positions of authority, including Yoga Gurus, Yoga center
- Question or report improper behavior or violations of the Safe Sport Code, including of Yoga Guru or Yoga center owners, without fear that doing so will negatively impact their participation or success.
- All Yogis & Yoginis (and particularly minor Yogis & Yoginis) are entitled to have their observe Yoga Guru or Yoga Teachers/ Yogis & Yogini interactions.
- Integrity and Transparency
Yogis & Yoginis have the right to fair and transparent procedures and policies within their discipline – including selection procedures – that demonstrate integrity and are free from conflicts of interest, impropriety, and favoritism.
- Provide input on matters that directly affect them
Yogis & Yoginis have the right to provide input, and have their voices respected, in matters that directly affect them.
- Voice opinions on issues that affect the Yoga community
Yogis & Yoginis have the right to respectfully express themselves on issues that impact the Yoga community, with the confidence that doing so will not jeopardize their ability to participate and/or negatively impact their success.
The foundational philosophies of this Bill of Rights are separate from, but intended to guide, the responsibilities of each individual Participants included in the Ethical Obligations of Participants (below), Ethical Obligations should be interpreted with these principles in mind.
II. Ethical Obligations of Participants
- Promotion of a Safe, Positive and Healthy Environment for All
Participants have an ongoing obligation and commitment to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Yoga participants. Consistent with this obligation, Participants must:
- Make decisions in the best interest of Yogis & Yoginis.
- Maintain a safe training and competing
- Promote a culture of trust and
- Respect the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle and support nutritional well-being.
- Promote and respect all Safe Sport
B. Commitment to Integrity
Participants have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the Yoga and to act honestly, openly, fairly, and competently. Participants must:
- Be knowledgeable of, understand, and follow IYO® YOGA COMPETITION rules and policies, and refrain from knowingly misrepresenting or misinterpreting
- Promote fair
- Maintain respect on the floor and refrain from intimidating, embarrassing or improperly influencing any individual responsible for participating in, judging, or administering a
- Follow the established procedures for challenging a competitive
- Make honest certifications regarding compliance with IYO® YOGA COMPETITION policies, procedures or Participants requirements.
- Avoid engaging in business practices directed toward another Participants that are known to be or are determined by a court or similar adjudicatory body to be, unethical, illegal or a breach of
C. Participation and Inclusion
Participants have the right to participate in any IYO® YOGA COMPETITION activity or event for which the Participants is properly qualified under the rules of that activity or event and may participate to the best of his/her abilities at his/her discretion:
- Participants may not knowingly participate in, or cause others to participate in, any activity or event where that individual is inadequately prepared or unable to participate
- Participants must promote positive participation and avoid behavior that is likely to interfere with the orderly conduct of the activity or other Participants participation in, or enjoyment of, an activity or event.
- Participants must respect the rights and opinions of
- Participants must facilitate cooperation in order to serve Yogis & Yoginis and other participants effectively and
- Participants must promote inclusion and an environment free of discrimination. Participants may not:
- Restrict the ability of a Participants to qualify for or participate in competition because of the Participants association with a particular organization or individual or because of that Participants race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, or any other basis proscribed by
- Discriminate in the allocation of resources or opportunities to any Participants or prospective Participants on the basis of race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, or any other basis proscribed by
Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION have a duty to communicate honestly and openly and must:
- Respect the voice of Yogis & Yoginis, particularly in matters that affect
- Strive to promote the sport and Yogis & Yoginis.
- Provide all information and resources necessary to enhance a gymnast’s enjoyment of the Yoga or reduce their risk of injury or illness.
- Refrain from unsportsmanlike comments or
- Address differences in a calm and respectful
- Clearly communicate roles, responsibilities and
- Avoid making false or misleading claims; or, falsify, or omit any information, record or document or other evidence for any
- Accurately represent competitive achievements, professional qualifications, education, experience, eligibility, criminal record and other misconduct, and/or
E. Concern for the Welfare of Others
Participants shall seek to contribute to the welfare of Yoga participants and must:
- Promote a culture of empowerment with a focus on Yogis & Yogini health and
- Comply with mandatory reporting requirements established by Govt of Indian law, the Ministry of Sports and IYO® YOGA COMPETITION Safe Yoga
- Proactively address potentially harmful behavior or an unsafe
- Be sensitive to any imbalance of
- Resolve conflicts in a professional
F. Professional Responsibility
Participants have the responsibility to aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct and must:
- Prioritize Yogis & Yogini welfare.
- Faithfully complete and comply with IYO® YOGA COMPETITION Participants requirements.
- Strive to maintain high standards and
- Seek to increase proficiency levels through continuing education and in consultation with other Yoga
- Participate only at a level of the Yoga in which an individual is qualified and prepared
- Accept appropriate responsibility for one’s own behavior and report any unlawful or other inappropriate conduct of others in accordance with Section II
G. Alcohol and Drug Free Environment
Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION must ensure that the Yoga is conducted in an environment free of drug or alcohol abuse. Participants may not:
- Use or provide to a third party any illegal (scheduled) drug pursuant to applicable federal, state or municipal
- Assist or condone any competing Yogi & Yogini’s use of a drug banned by any applicable governing body, or, in the case of Yogis & Yoginis, to use such drugs or refuse to submit to properly conducted drug tests administered by any governing
- Provide alcohol to or condone the use of alcohol by minors; consume alcohol while engaging in IYO® YOGA COMPETITION activities, including coaching and/or training and/or competing; consume excessive alcohol in the presence of Yogis & Yoginis or at IYO® YOGA COMPETITION events; or consume alcoholic beverages while a
III. Reporting and Resolving Ethical Issues
All Participants of IYO® YOGA COMPETITION have an obligation to be familiar with the principles outlined within this Code.
Participants should be alert and sensitive to situations that could result in unethical, illegal or improper actions. Participants may report potential or actual violations of this Code to the IYO® YOGA COMPETITION Ethics Hotline: +91 7975751130
If you choose to make your report to the IYO® YOGA COMPETITION Ethics Hotline, please be aware that all calls to the Ethics Hotline are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.
The specific methods, requirements, and procedures for reporting and resolving possible ethical violations of the Code are found in the Administrative and Ethical Grievance Procedures (“Grievance Procedures”)
The Grievance Procedures provide for informal resolution of ethical violations, the reporting of possible ethical violations (including anonymous reporting) and formal dispute resolution procedures for violations of the Code. The Grievance Procedures outline, among other things, who can submit a complaint, the requirements for a complaint, the process for responding to a complaint, the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved in the process, and the formal hearing process for resolution of complaint.
The Opportunity to Participate Grievance Prodcedures apply to violations of the Code that may affect a Participants opportunity to participate in an amateur athletic competition sanctioned by IYO® YOGA COMPETITION.
IV. Anti-Retaliation and Additional Resources
Anti-Retaliation. Under no circumstances will an individual be subject to any disciplinary or retaliatory action for filing, in good faith, a report of a violation or potential violation of the Code. However, filing known false or malicious reports will not be tolerated, and anyone filing such reports will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Additional Resources. The Office of the Yogis & Yoginis Ombuds and its staff (the Yogis & Yoginis Ombuds) offers independent, confidential advice to Yogis & Yoginis regarding their rights and responsibilities in the Yoga Movement, and assists Yogis & Yoginis with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints and concerns. The Yogis & Yoginis Ombuds’ focus is to serve Yogis & Yoginis who represent the India in international competition. The Yogis & Yoginis Ombuds operates on the core principles of confidentiality and privacy, independence, and impartiality.