Code of Ethics




The North Dakota Yoga Conference (NDYC) is committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment so that every person associated with the NDYC can enjoy a positive and rewarding experience, including sponsors, teachers, attendees, volunteers, and vendors.  Vendors are an integral and valued part of a successful conference.  The NDYC has established this Code of Ethics so that vendors will understand what behavior is expected, and what behavior will not be tolerated at the Conference.


All vendors are expected to:

  1.   Be considerate and respectful to all Conference participants.
  1. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  2. Be respectful of all exhibitors by not disrupting their business activities with their customers or prospects.
  3. Conduct all business within the measured boundaries of assigned booth space.
  4. Have a representative in attendance of the booth during all published exhibit hours.
  5. Adhere to rules and limits established by the NDYC.
  6. Recommend only services, products and/or treatments that will help others and not for the vendor’s sole financial benefit.


Unacceptable behavior from any vendor will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech, materials, or conduct.
  2. Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
  3. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  4. Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  5. Inappropriate photography or recording.
  6. Taking of photos within the Conference environment for use on social media, without the prior permission of the individuals or owners of the content therein.
  7. Any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior, or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.


Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a vendor engages in unacceptable behavior, the NDYC organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the Conference with no refund.

I agree to abide by the foregoing NDYC Code of Ethics for Vendors.



Every person, whether they realize it or not, adheres to a certain belief system rooted in core values and governed by a code of ethics. Although the spectrum of these systems can be vast, it is imperative to state the code of ethics under which the North Dakota Yoga Conference will be governed. The NDYC abides by the guidelines of the Yama & Niyama and we expect our teachers and presenters to do the same.  All teachers are expected to adhere to the following Code of Ethics:

I agree to respect other’s boundaries, both physical, spiritual, and mental. 

I agree I will avoid any activity that is not in the best interest of the students and participants. 

I commit to maintaining clear professional and personal boundaries with those around me.

I agree to foster trust and community within the NDYC by not engaging in romantic or physical relationships with my students, even if the student initiates the relationship.

I agree that I will not prioritize my own needs at the expense of others or my students needs.

I agree to be honest and forthcoming when interacting with others. This includes honesty in my qualifications and only providing services in which I am qualified to teach.

I understand that each student and teacher is on their own personal journey and their journey may look different than mine.

I agree that the NDYC will be an open forum for discussion and exploration of various traditions, and practices from a variety of perspectives. I agree that while other’s belief systems may differ from my own, these are to be treated with respect. I am not expected to agree with these differences but I will listen with an open mind when engaging in discussions. I will not belittle, be vulgar towards or disrespect other teachers or traditions that differ from my own beliefs. 

I agree that while I am an educated yoga teacher, it is not my place to recommend specific treatments, procedures, etc. to individuals in lieu of professional, medically-informed recommendations from their physician or therapist.

I agree that yoga will not fix or heal others. I agree that I will not fix or heal others. Students can only heal or fix themselves through the tools of yoga. I understand that my purpose as a yoga teacher is to lead and guide students in discovering their own innate knowledge and personal practice.

I agree to adhere to the aforementioned Code of Ethics, to abide by it’s tenets both explicitly stated and implied, and to help foster a community of trust by holding myself, and those around me, to the same standards.