How do I become a yoga teacher?

Jun 10

You finally decided what you want to become: a yoga teacher! Or maybe you are actually not quite sure what you want to do, but a profession as a yoga teacher seems interesting to you. In both cases this article can be helpful for you. If you search on Google for ‘How do I become a yoga teacher’ you will probably notice that there are a lot of yoga schools offering yoga teacher courses. This article aims to guide you in your search for a suitable yoga teacher training course.

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The yoga style

First of all it is important to choose a yoga style. There are a lot of different styles, like Hatha Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and so on. Depending on the style you choose, the theory and practice will be different. It is recommended to find out which yoga style has your preference, which style gives you energy and which style makes you happy. If you teach the yoga style that brings you joy, it will be easier for you to transfer that joy to your students since you are teaching something you are passionate about. This will definitely have a positive effect on your classes. Once you have made your choice between the different yoga styles, your have a clear guideline in your search for a suitable yoga course which brings you one step closer to your goal.

The location of the course

Nowadays, yoga courses are offered  worldwide. However depending on your own traveling possibilities you can choose for a course abroad or in your own country. The amount of yoga courses offered worldwide is very large; from America to Asia… the possibilities are endless. Studying abroad is a good option if you want to spend some time in another environment, away from daily habits and routines. Following a course in another country can also be combined with a vacation and it is an excellent opportunity to discover more of a certain country and its culture.

The duration of the course

Once you have chosen a yoga style and you have decided if you rather stay in your own country or study abroad, you have already narrowed down the options a lot. Another important point is the duration of the course. How much time do you want to spend following the course? There are intensive courses that usually last about four to six weeks. There are also courses spread over a longer amount of time, making them easier to combine with daily life, family and work. The duration of these courses can be one year or longer. As well as the amount of days, also the amount of hours can differ from course to course. Courses of 200 hours are the most common ones. With a Yoga Alliance certified course you can teach to beginners. If you are already a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), you can also follow an advanced yoga teacher training of 300 hours.

The cost of the course

Same as the duration of the yoga courses, also the price of a yoga course can vary a lot from one course to another. Here it is sensible to not only look at the price, but also to check what all is included in the price, in other words to evaluate the price/quality ratio. It is also important to keep in mind that if you travel abroad, there might be extra costs such as travelling expenses, visa, injections,…

Making the right decision

Once you have followed the previous steps in your quest for a yoga teacher training course, it is time to make a decision. A last step that can help you make the right choice is to look up reviews of the yoga course. What do former students say about the course, were they satisfied, what were their disappointments? Reading reviews can give you a better view of what to expect from the course and can help you find out if the course really responds to your needs or not.

Teaching yoga as a professional or as an additional job

Once you have made your decision and chose a course, it is wise to ask yourself if you want to be a professional fulltime yoga teacher or if you would rather teach yoga part time. It is also possible to start small and to teach one or two classes a week in combination with your current job. Later, when you decide to expand or teach more often, you can always decide to become a fulltime teacher.  When you choose to teach yoga as a fulltime job and become a professional yoga teacher, you should keep in mind a few practical things, like location, required equipments for the students (e.g. yoga mats, cushions, blocks), different ways to create brand awareness for your studio and so on. In the beginning it is recommended to keep the budget for the location as low as possible. Beginning yoga teachers sometimes make the mistake to invest too much in renting a location. For the students however, it is far more important to have a good quality class rather than a modern, luxurious location. So avoid spending too much money on things that less important and focus more on the quality of your classes when you start to teach as a professional.

If you still have questions about yoga courses or if you already are a yoga teacher and you want some advice on how to start your own classes or studio, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to help you further!