"As for the future, it is not a question of predicting it but of making it possible" Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Becoming a yoga teacher is not for everyone as it is a very demanding profession: only 30% of aspiring yogis go to the end of their spiritual training...
Whether it's for retraining or for new professional ambitions, becoming a yoga teacher requires several major steps, which we're about to dive into now!
Would you like to master Pranayama, Sutra or Ashram?
Motivations to Become a Yoga Teacher
Want to teach in a yoga centre? Give yoga classes to the four corners of the UK? Meet new yogis? There are many different personalized goals when it comes to wanting to teach yoga.
Becoming a private yoga teacher is not something you can improvise and above all, you can't be trained overnight. Yoga is a mental, physical and spiritual discipline based on techniques from the Indian cultural tradition, based on breathing, the breath and self-awareness.
This emotional and spiritual journey can only be passed from a teacher (yoga teacher) to a student (budding or confirmed yogi). The goal of yoga instruction is to reach YOG, ie, self-awareness and a state of deep well-being. Teaching the art of meditation with a desire to transmit knowledge: you must have a passion and the skills to teach during your yoga class!
You thought you knew all the yoga postures? Believe me, there are still more... 84 000! (Only Shiva would know them all)!
Before becoming a specialized yoga teacher, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I willing to dedicate myself 100% to the practice of yoga?
- To master both traditional yoga and its variants in terms of methodology?
- Do I want to take continuing education throughout my life?
- Will I have time to prepare my group lessons and my individual classes, in parallel with my own training?
If you answer yes to these four questions, then you can move to the next step on the list: the qualities needed to become a yoga teacher. They are simple but essential:
- Knowledge, as with any taught subject, to support students through transmitting and learning
- Adaptability, linking the sun salutation to the main asanas in the blink of an eye
- Listening, which goes hand in hand with spirituality and meditation
Feeling ready to climb mountains, like a Tibetan monk, to deepen your knowledge of yoga and yourself? It's a good start... But it's really only the beginning: the serious journey has just begun. Before going forward onto the next step, you'll need to figure out which employment status suits you (with their different responsibilities) when you become a specialized yoga teacher:
- Private individual teacher in a yoga federation
- Special volunteer teacher in professional associations
- Independent or private teacher on your own terms
Note: the salary is fixed for employees, but not for the self-employed, who can freely choose their own rates to offer.
Follow a Yoga Teacher Training Tailored to Your Needs
You have just reached the second stage, that of following a training course to get the coveted prize, yoga certification from an association or from the Yoga Alliance! Based on a holistic approach to the profession, most long certificate programs run for a period of 2 to 5 years.
Now you'll just have to choose a training option from those offered in the UK:
- Initial training with a common base of theoretical and practical knowledge
- Specific training with a certificate of aptitude
- An à la carte training program to specialize or deepen your knowledge
The advantage of long formations is that they break down in several stages. Generally, the first year is an intensive knowledge program, while the second year is more about practice. The last years require the validation of a yoga workshop with confirmed teachers, then the issuance of certification following the writing of a dissertation. Sounds a bit like an obstacle course, you say?
Did you know ? An experienced yoga teacher has, on average, between 7 and 14 years of training, and no less than 20 workshops or yoga retreats to their credit. Which step are you at along the journey?
There are also continuing education solutions, with internships abroad (such as a yoga retreat in India or Australia), or short training courses, which usually focus on a specific type of yoga:
- Kundalini yoga
- Hatha yoga
- Mantra yoga
- Tantra yoga
- Nidra yoga
Is it possible to teach yoga without a degree? Of course! In the UK, the profession is not regulated. It is, of course, more helpful for your resume if you are certified...
At the end of the day, how much does all this cost? Training to teach yoga is as much a personal investment as it is financial: it takes on average £1000 per year of study, not to mention the additional expenses (travel, unpaid internships, investment in yoga equipment).
And to be at the forefront of the latest trends, don't forget to keep yourself informed of the latest yoga news, including consulting Yoga Magazine for the UK and USA!
Forge a Yoga Teaching Method For Yourself
After your stages of academic learning, it will be time to cross a new bridge, forging a teaching method just for you, in tune with your personality. Whether you decide to study or not, you'll need to have a main speciality of yoga to begin teaching. These are often global methods, such as:
- Iyengar yoga
- Green yoga
- Ashtanga yoga
- Vinyasa yoga
You can also specialize in prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga or children's yoga, just to differentiate yourself from other specialized teachers: you will have a clientele just for you!
In life, "I never lose. Either I win or I learn, "said Nelson Mandela. This is the kind of positive thinking to inject into your teaching methods!
The best way to improve your teaching technique is to compare and contrast! For this you can:
- Take private lessons with other experienced teachers
- Train yourself in another discipline, such as meditation, to complete your teaching
- Ask for feedback from your students
A specialized yoga teacher should know that at least 10 major styles of yoga exist, namely: Hatha, Asthanga, Kundalini, Power, Vinyasa, Bikram, Nidra, Iyengar, Hot and Fly. From technicality to flexibility, there is only one step between them (or posture)!
Be aware that a good teaching method involves continual learning and improving throughout your life: it takes several years to become a very good yoga teacher. With a hint of patience and a good dose of perseverance, I have no doubt you'll get there.
Last Step: Make Your Yoga Class Known!
So now that you have all the elements necessary to become a yoga instructor, where will you teach your private yoga classes? A potentially scary question for beginners, who often seek to secure a comfortable position in a yoga studio. But this is not the only option as there is also:
- Neighbourhood associations or children's centres who recruit specialized teachers
- Private or public schools, where admin may seek to hire a young yoga teacher
- Setting up your own yoga studio, where you set your classes and schedule at your own pace
After choosing where you want to practice yoga with your students, you must make yourself known! Your approach must be proactive:
- Use word of mouth networking in your area
- Post classified ads or online
- Create a yoga blog to show who you are
- Start a youtube channel with videos about yoga
- Write lifestyle articles about yoga
- Sign up for Superprof
Specialized yoga teachers find their first pupils thanks to word of mouth 80% of the time: so start passing out your business cards!
In effect, our Superprof platform geographically lists all the private teachers available. This gives you even more chances to be found by your new students when they do a geographic research by city in your area.
It is also by increasing the opportunities for visibility that some yoga teachers have made themselves known, through their Youtube channels or social media networks (including Instagram).
Being a yoga teacher is a beautiful job, which must be practised with passion. Ready to jump into this new world? Namaste!
Definitions "Specialized Yoga Teacher"
What are the prices asked per class by yoga teachers?
On Superprof, the average price of a yoga class with a teacher is £35, all cities combined. But the place of teaching, the nature of the course and the experience of the teacher can vary this price considerably.
Now follow these steps to becoming a yoga teacher...