Equality and Diversity


TSYP is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity. The organisation is responsible for ensuring that no member or student is unlawfully discriminated against due to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation (together referred to as the protected characteristics, as set out in the Equality Act 2010).

TSYP will ensure that there is open access for all those who wish to participate in the practice of yoga and that they are treated fairly, in accordance with the law and reflecting the ethos and philosophy of yoga.

Purpose of the Policy

TSYP recognises that inequalities and discrimination still exist in society and that these may limit opportunities to participate equally and fully in the practice of yoga at all levels.

TSYP promotes inclusion and will take steps to mitigate against inequality and prevent discrimination (intentional or unintentional) and/or other unfair treatment of its members and students.

Legal Requirements

TSYP is required by law not to discriminate against its members or students taught by TSYP teachers and recognises its legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 (and any relevant subsequent legislation).

Discrimination, Harassment, Victimisation and Bullying

TSYP recognises the following as being unacceptable. It regards any form of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or bullying as gross misconduct and any member found to be engaging in such behaviour will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.


Direct discrimination is treating someone less favourably than you would treat others for reasons relating to a protected characteristic.

Indirect discrimination is applying a provision, criterion or practice, which, on the face of it, applies equally to all but which, in practice can disadvantage individuals with a particular protected characteristic. Such requirements or conditions should only be applied if they can be objectively justified.


Harassment is any form of unwanted or unwelcome behaviour that violates people’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.


Victimisation is treating someone less favourably because he or she has in good faith used the organisation’s complaints procedure, exercised his or her legal rights, or has supported colleagues who have done so. TSYP will fully support and protect anyone who exercises his or her legal rights and/or supports anyone who has done so.


Bullying is the misuse of power or position to criticise persistently or to humiliate and undermine an individual’s confidence.

Reasonable Adjustments

TSYP recognises that it has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled persons and anyone with any special requirements. It will consider all requests for adjustments, where possible will accommodate reasonable requests and will work with members and students to implement any adjustments that will enable them to participate more fully.


The TSYP Chair is responsible for ensuring that the existence of this policy is communicated to and understood by all teaching members and that all breaches are dealt with appropriately.

The TSYP Executive Committee has overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy and any action plans that arise from it.

All members have responsibilities to respect, act in accordance with and thereby support and promote the spirit and intentions of this policy.

Monitoring and Evaluation

TSYP will set up a monitoring system and evaluate the policy on an ongoing basis.

Complaints Procedure

To safeguard individual rights under the policy, any member who believes that s/he has suffered inequitable treatment within the scope of the policy may raise the matter through the TSYP Executive Committee.

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any member who has been considered to violate TSYP’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

TSYP and its members have the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of any complaints or disciplinary procedure.

All TSYP members will have access to the procedures referenced in this Equality and Diversity Policy.

Ratified byTSYP Executive Committee
Date RatifiedNovember 2017
Date issuedNovember 2017
Date reviewedNovember 2020