Get Hired as a Yoga Teacher or Open Your Own Yoga Studio

As a Yoga teacher you will have a rewarding career where you have the opportunity to grow personally while being of service to others.

By teaching Yoga, you can help people increase their flexibility and strength, enhance their self-awareness and have a sense of unity with all life. You can provide your students with the opportunity to experience feelings of joy and peace.

“Teaching offers me the challenge and the joy of self-discovery through the process of Yoga. It allows me to contribute to society in a way that makes me feel good.”
–Annie Jacob Yoga Instructor, Salida, Colorado

Yoga’s many benefits are attracting the large “baby boomer” population, a group with money to spend and increasing leisure time.

According to data released by Yoga Journal, about 7.5 percent of U.S. adults now practice Yoga and one in seven non-practitioners intends to try Yoga within the next 12 months.

Opportunities to teach Yoga are abundant.

Yoga is now offered in nearly every gym and health club. As a Yoga instructor, you can express your own creative spirit through your classes. You might choose to specialize in any of the following:

o Yoga for physical fitness
o Yoga therapy
o spiritual Yoga
o prenatal or postnatal Yoga
o Yoga for kids
o Yoga for couples
o corporate Yoga
o Yoga for seniors
o workshops or retreats
o private Yoga lessons

If you start your own Yoga business, you will have the freedom to set your hours and decide which days you will teach and which days you will not. You can also be an integral part of your community.

To become a Yoga teacher you will need to learn:

Preparing Yourself to Teach Yoga

o How to develop the skills that will assist you in being an effective Yoga teacher
o Understanding the philosophy of Yoga
o An overview of Yoga styles (plus links to further information about each style)
o How to get an experienced Yoga teacher to mentor you
o How to get experience by volunteering to teach Yoga classes
o Although no certification is necessary to teach Yoga in the U.S. or Canada, the guide includes information about Yoga teacher certification programs
o How to qualify to use the title RYT: Registered Yoga Teacher

How to Plan and Teach Yoga Classes

o how and when to use Yoga poses
o ratings of how difficult they are to master
o tips to make the poses easier for beginners
o Deciding the sequence of poses in your Yoga classes, including:
o how to open a Yoga class
o how to make smooth transitions
o choosing the “apex pose” or high point
o ending a Yoga class
o How to use Yoga props
o Creating a theme for a Yoga class
o A sample lesson plan for a Yoga class
o How to give verbal instructions and demonstrate Yoga poses
o Dos and don’t for correcting students’ mistakes

Getting Hired as a Yoga Teacher

o Discover who employs Yoga teachers (including information about the environment, ways to break in, and insider tips for success):
o Yoga Studios
o Health Clubs
o Corporations
o Retirement Communities
o Educational Institutions (universities, colleges, and adult education)
o How to prepare an effective resume and cover letter  (includes samples)
o Where job openings for Yoga teachers are advertised and how to find unadvertised jobs
o How to dress and questions to expect in an interview for a Yoga teaching job
o How to demonstrate your skills to employers
o How to break into Yoga teacher jobs through substitute teaching
o Typical payment arrangements and how to ensure you get paid

How to Start Your Own Yoga Studio

o Choosing your target market
o Creating a business plan
o Legal matters and insurance
o How to choose a location:
o pros and cons of teaching from home
o inexpensive options for renting space for a few Yoga classes per week
o leasing a full-time space
o designing your space
o Start-up costs with sample budgets for:
o a home studio
o part-time studio rental
o full-time rental of a studio (includes budgets for both a small and large studio)
* Setting your prices for classes, drop-ins, monthly fees, and private sessions
* Inexpensive ways to market your class

About the Author:

Sandy Hennessy is a multi-certified Yoga teacher who took up the practice of Yoga at the age of 49. She’s written the FabJob Guide to Become a Yoga Teacher, in which she shares advice from her own experiences (she was trained in Yoga in the United States and India), plus career and business advice from other successful Yoga teachers.

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