Have you enjoyed the benefits of yoga and are now considering if teaching is for you?
Whether you have a new or long-term yoga practice, keep reading to find out if pursuing yoga teaching is right for you.
What Do Yoga Teachers Actually Do?
Have a dedicated personal practice
Teach group and/or private classes
Design yoga sequences and classes
Offer students verbal and/or consensual physical adjustments for their poses
Take continuing education courses (anatomy, philosophy, meditation, etc.)
Ask for feedback from other teachers and students
Work on their communication and facilitation skills
Your first YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) is between 200-250 hours.
Depending on your lifestyle, you can complete it in 1 month to a year.
Fast Track: 3-4 consecutive weeks.
Work-Friendly: 6-12 months, evenings and weekends.
Retreat: 3-4 weeks, vacation meets teacher training.
Depending on the YTT, the total cost for training and books can be between $2,000-$5,000.
Classes can range from 6 am to 9 pm, you can create your own schedule.
Popular classes are typically at times accessible for people working 9-5. Think early mornings, lunch hours, evenings, and weekends.
Loves being active
Hates public speaking
Is an entrepreneur and enjoys making his own schedule
Has practiced yoga for 10 years
Enjoys reading new research
Has a busy schedule with limited free time
Enjoys teaching her friends and family recipes
Is comfortable asking her coworkers for feedback
Schedules in time for her mindfulness practice
Who is the best fit for teaching yoga?
The average hourly pay in Canada is $37 CAD.
The average hourly pay in the USA is $29 USD.
Most studios pay their teachers based on seniority or class size.
As you grow your knowledge and experience you can earn more from:
Specializing in a niche market
Teaching private classes
Creating online/recorded classes
Partnering with brands or corporate wellness teams
But Will You Love It?
You'll love teaching yoga if you enjoy:
Yoga and continued learning
Creating your own schedule
Teaching and facilitating
You won't love teaching yoga if:
You don't want a committed practice
You prefer a 9-5 schedule
Public speaking makes you anxious
Remember, you can still love the practice even if you're not a teacher!
Appropriation Vs Appreciation
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India. Although it's not a religion, it is connected to Hinduism, Buddism, and Jainism.
While yoga has become incredibly popular in North America, it's important to understand and honour its roots while pursuing teacher training. Take the time to research its rich history and how to appreciate the practice.
Are you still interested in pursuing a career as a yoga teacher?