Yoga TeacherJob Description:
Yoga teachers teach yoga as a form of exercise to increase fitness and wellbeing.Job Category:
What you will do:
As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:
- design course and lesson plans for a range of abilities
- teach a wide range of simple and complex yoga positions
- adapt positions for conditions like pregnancy or arthritis
- teach breathing techniques
- assess your students
- review your own courses and teaching skills
- if you are self-employed, market your classes and do business admin tasks
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- the ability to teach pupils how to do something
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
There are no specific GCSE subjects required to become a yoga teacher. Yoga teacher training typically doesn’t have strict academic prerequisites like some other professions. However, a strong educational background and certain skills can be helpful in pursuing a career as a yoga teacher. Here are some subjects and skills that may be beneficial:
- Physical Education (PE): Courses in PE can provide a foundational understanding of the human body, anatomy, and physiology, which are important for teaching yoga effectively.
- Biology: Studying biology can help you understand the human body and its systems, which is crucial for teaching yoga safely and helping students with injuries or limitations.
- Psychology: Knowledge of psychology can be valuable for understanding the mental and emotional aspects of yoga and how it can benefit individuals psychologically.
- English: Strong communication skills, including writing and speaking, are essential for teaching yoga, as you’ll need to convey instructions clearly and effectively.
- Physical Fitness: Courses related to fitness, health, and exercise science can be useful for understanding the principles of physical training and well-being.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- specialist courses run by private training organisations
You can do a yoga teaching qualification. In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Certificate in Teaching Yoga to Children Aged 5 to 16
- Diploma in Teaching Yoga
- Diploma in Teaching Yoga
It may be useful if you have a background in teaching exercise. Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can train as a teacher by doing yoga courses with a specialist training provider.
You’ll usually need 2 years’ experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher to teach it yourself.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 35-37 hours of work. You could be required to work freelance/be self-employed managing your own hours.
You could work at a fitness centre or at a health centre.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience you could run your own yoga workshops, yoga retreats, or holidays.
You may be able to train as a yoga therapist or take further qualifications to train yoga teachers.