Yoga teachers teach people about all aspects of yoga – not only how to get into the various physical positions, but also meditation, visualisation, breathing techniques and the general philosophy behind yoga.
You could be:
- developing lesson plans and yoga programmes
- demonstrating and explaining the benefits of a wide range of different poses or positions
- helping students to get into poses by correcting their position
- explaining how to use yoga props, like blocks and belts, safely and effectively
- adapting yoga programmes or positions to meet the needs of students with specific health issues or conditions
- teaching meditation and relaxation techniques such as visualisation and breathing exercises
- explaining the history and theoretical aspects of yoga
- teaching a specific type or style of yoga such as Hatha or Ashtanga.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
- Where you work
- the size of the company or organisation you work for
- the demand of the job
Most yoga teachers are self-employed and usually charge between £7.00 and £15.00 per session for each member of a class, or up to £50 an hour for individual tuition. You may need to pay for the hire of the venue from this, although some teachers have their own studio. Full time yoga teachers can earn between £15,000 and £30,000 a year or more.
- You would usually work indoors in a health studio, leisure centre or community hall.
- You might have to supply and carry yoga equipment such as mats and blocks.
- Most yoga teachers work part time – mostly evenings and weekends.
- You might have to work in a number of different locations.
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- To be a yoga teacher, you must have a recognised yoga teaching qualification.
- Yoga Scotland is the governing body for yoga in Scotland, as recognised by sportscotland.
- Yoga Scotland offers yoga teacher training on a part basis over two years, leading to the Yoga Scotland Teaching Diploma. The course costs £3,275 which includes the cost of 13 weekends and two residential weekends, as well as a first aid certificate which is valid for three years.
- For entry to the teacher training course, you should normally have been practising yoga for a minimum of two years, and should normally have completed the Yoga Scotland Foundation course.
- The YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga is a nationally recognised qualification.
- Many other qualifications are awarded by private training providers in the UK and by international organisations.
- You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
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What Does it Take?
You need to be:
- passionate about yoga and its benefits
- a good communicator
- tactful and patient
- able to motivate others
- aware of health and safety issues
- mentally and physically fit.
- Yoga teachers must undertake ongoing training, as a condition of maintaining their teaching registration and insurance. Courses could include yoga and the menopause, meditation or baby yoga.
- You can also become a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), or the 'Exercise Register'. This allows you to show employers and clients that you meet fitness industry standards of good practice.
- Most yoga teachers are self-employed. You could go on to run your own business.
- You could do further training so that you can train as a yoga tutor or yoga therapist.
- You may want to do further study in complementary therapies.
The following organisations may be able to provide further information.
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