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What Mind-Body Professionals Say:
"The program was phenomenal, full of so much information and knowledge. The most signifiant thing for me was being able to truly understand how everything is
connected to everything else."
- Kathy Farrell, B.A., certified Yoga Instructor
"Coming to this program was like 'adding another layer to the onion' to enhance all that I practice, and adding the finishing touches to fine tune myself and the client contacts I have daily. I am so looking forward to the second yearl!"
- Lori Valle, Massage Therapist
NAMASTA members get $500 off any program from the National Institute of While Health (Associate Members get $200 off). To become a member of NAMASTA, call Member Services at 1 877 626 2782 (877 NAMASTA) or sign up online.
Follow this link for details and an introductory discount only available here on National Institute of Whole Health education programs.Back to Top
Special offer for Tai Chi and Qigong professionalsBack to Top
On August 2, 2005, NAMASTA announced a special partnership with the leading organization for Tai Chi and Qigong teachers in America.
> details of the partnership enabling access by Tai Chi teachers to insurance
NAMASTA releases results of exclusive survey on health care for professionalsBack to Top
NAMASTA recently released the results of a survey conducted with US mind-body professionals.
>> Find out how many yoga and massage professionals carry health insurance for themselves
>> Discover the latest medical savings plans available through NAMASTA
>> See health insurance plans available
How do I grow my mind-body business? New home study courses now available
NAMASTA has teamed up with the experts in our field to help mind-body professionals grow their business:
For more information or to register, visit www.namasta.com/university.phpBack to Top
Mind-Body Authorities Now Recommend Joining NAMASTABack to Top
Many authoritative figures in the mind-body community and members have recommended joining NAMASTA.
Click here to see why.
The benefits of a skylight in your premises without the costBack to Top
Because most commercial spaces come with overhead fluorescent lighting, you, your staff and your clients generally have to endure the glare of dull light during their sessions.
An innovative company has developed a solution that allows you to easily replace the translucid panels with decorative diffusers that are conducive to relaxation and meditation. The panels come in a variety of designs and you can even provide your own.
More details on the fluorescent light panels and light diffusers.
How to run a successful Massage Therapy PracticeBack to Top
Whether you are starting out or are an experienced professional, you are likely facing important issues: advertising, client relations, burnout, self-employment trap etc...
In a book that deals with these topics and many more, a successful massage therapist who has worked with over 3,000 clients now shares the secrets of how to build and run a successful practice.
For a limited time, if you order the book, you will get a 30-minute tele-consultation with the author for free.
To learn more, visit our successful bodywork practice page.
NAMASTA featured in Entrepreneur Magazine
NAMASTA has been featured as a resource in Entrepreneur Magazine.
The authoritative business publication highlighted the "free newsletter, business resources and other membership services [available with the Associate Membership] ($95 per year), such as alternative health-care programs". Click here to read the full article in Entrepreneur Magazine!
Entrepreneur Magazine is the publisher of a series of books on launching a business.
The magazine includes articles on how to run a business, the psychological aspects of heading up your own company, profiles of stellar entrepreneurs and trends that affect small business. (Click on the image to subscribe)Back to Top
What is the number of people who practice Yoga in America?
In the 9/5/2003 edition of the Wall Street Journal, an article on high-end yoga mats quotes a Harris Interactive poll that estimates that the number of people who "practiced" yoga in the United States last year is 15 Million.
This poll was actually released by the Yoga Journal in June and is the latest in a series of statistics that have pegged yoga practitioners anywhere from a few million to 28 million (sociologist Paul Ray).
Trends for the practice of yoga are viewed differently by yoga observers. The Yoga Research and Education Council for instance has reported that internet keyword searches for "yoga" had significantly dropped. Real estate agents on the other hand see yoga studios as one of the hottest sectors for their business.
The YJ poll may be self-serving: the magazine thrives on advertising and the June publication for the survey results comes right before the high-circulation issues of the fall.
The issue so far with yoga statistics has been that methodologies were not consistent so no comparison was possible. The Yoga Journal initiative should be hailed by all yoga professionals as it may correct that lack of consistency:
- it contained some forward-looking numbers such as the number of people "very" or "extremely interested" in the practice of yoga (more than 12% of the U.S. population, or 25.5 million people), the number of those who "intend to try yoga within the next 12 months" (16% or 35.3 million people) and the number of those who have at least a "casual interest in the practice of yoga" (over half, or 109.7 million people).
- the Yoga Journal claims it plans to conduct the survey every year.
For these and other statistics and wellness trends, subscribe to the free NAMASTA Newsletter:
Read these tips to ensure you will receive the NAMASTA Newsletter.Back to Top
Unlimited tax assistance now available for $24/year
For a year NAMASTA has been featuring the Legal Club of America, which gives you access to a network of 20,000 state-licensed attorneys. The cost can be as low as $79.95 for members of NAMASTA.
We are pleased to now add an unlimited federal tax assistance service. It only costs $24/year on top of the legal plans and gives you:
- unlimited advice on federal taxation via toll-free call, fax or e-mail
- unlimited advice on federal taxation for small business owners
- free 1040 tax return preparation and free review of prior year's tax return
- Click here to apply
- More infoBack to Top
Starting a yoga studio or a massage business?Back to Top
It is said now that yoga studios are the hottest sector for real estate agents.
From marketing tools to insurance to discounts on supplies, NAMASTA has assembled an array of services for mind-body professionals like you.
- see how NAMASTA can help you
- build a business plan easily and efficiently and visit our business plan section.
- subscribe to the free NAMASTA Newsletter (see yellow box on this page)
- get a book and a consultation to help you develop a successful bodywork practice.
Web sites for bodyworkers, teachers and studiosBack to Top
NAMASTA has obtained special rates for the mind-body community for website development.
If you wish to design a professional custom website, the top-rated web development that built NAMASTA's website offers hourly rates of only $59 for members ($69 for non-members).
You can get your website professionally designed or rebuilt for your Massage, Yoga, Pilates or T'ai Chi business - or any other activity for that matter.
Separately, NAMASTA secured a special discount from a preferred provider that has pre-designed web sites for yoga teachers for $39.99 per month.
- details on the affordable web site service and quotes
- details on the prepackaged web sites for yoga teachers
- if you are a member, please visit the member area for your preferred rate.
- send this page to a friend
NAMASTA Report: Should massage or yoga teaching staff be treated as employees or contractors?
Whether you are an independent contractor or run a studio, massage practice, teaching or instructor training activity, chances are you use the services of instructors or massage therapists.
How should the instructors or massage staff be treated from a legal and a tax standpoint?
Doing what a neighboring studio or massage colleague does doesn't mean you are doing the right thing.
And the federal and state penalties for taking the wrong approach can be stiff.
In a Special Report now available, NAMASTA offers key pointers to address this important issue:
A respected tax and bookkeeping firm hailed the "thoroughness of the research conducted" for the report.
- how to determine what applies to you
- how to avoid common mistakes
- what the penalties are if the tax or labor authorities successfully challenge your approach
- perhaps most importantly, beyond the text of the report NAMASTA has secured very favorable conditions with experts that can help you implement any required action.
To obtain this practical report, simply join as a Professional Member of NAMASTA by clicking on the sign-up button above. The value of the report is well worth the membership dues!Back to Top
Free new benefit included in legal service packageBack to Top
NAMASTA has partnered with the leading lawyer referral network in the United States. You can get a full package of services, including the review of numerous legal documents every month and discussion of an unlimited number of topics with your attorney.
Prices start from only $144 per year (not per hour!) for non-members and $79.95 per year for NAMASTA members.
As of February 2004, you also get a free living will that is state-specific and personalized when you purchase the Family Plan.
- family legal plan
- small business legal plan: to review your lease, contracts, waiver of liability etc... for your yoga, tai chi or Pilates business
- visit our partner's site for additional information on affordable lawyer services.
- NAMASTA members: please sign in and visit the member area to access the special rate.
- incorporate online from $25