Yoga can count as vocational training: Berlin court

Yoga can count as vocational training: Berlin court
File photo shows people doing yoga outdoors in Dresden. Photo: DPA
A yoga course can be considered vocational training, a Berlin court has ruled, paving the way to doing the "Downward-facing Dog" on company time in Germany's capital.

The state labour court for Berlin-Brandenburg has ruled a worker has the right to paid leave so they can attend a five-day adult education course entitled “Yoga I – successful and relaxed at work with yoga and meditation”.

The judge ruled that under Berlin's Educational Leave Act (Bildungsurlaubsgesetz) , even a yoga course fulfils the far-reaching criteria of “professional development” which would promote an individual's “adaptability and self-assertion”.

The laws regarding “education leave” (Bildungsurlaub) vary in Germany and workers have no claim to it in either Bavaria, the country's biggest state, or in Saxony.

In Germany's other states, a worker is entitled to five-days' educational leave per year, but employers can refuse permission under certain circumstances.

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