Yoga Therapist

Job Description:

Yoga therapists use yoga to help people with physical issues, emotional issues or specific health problems.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

What you will do:

As part of your day-to-day tasks, you could:

  • take a client’s case history including their physical and emotional health and lifestyle
  • agree a personalised programme of therapy to help with issues or symptoms
  • work with clients on a one-to-one basis or in group classes
  • teach simple yoga postures to more complex moves
  • teach breathing exercises, relaxation and visualisation techniques
  • give advice on how to maintain good health and a sense of inner peace and relaxation
  • if you work freelance, market your services and do business admin


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • to enjoy working with other people (teamwork skills)
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • leadership skills
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

Other Routes

You could take a course in yoga therapy. To do this you’ll usually need to:

  • complete a yoga teaching course of at least 200 hours
  • have at least 2 years experience of teaching yoga

You may need to show examples of recent study to prove that you can cope with the academic content of the course. An understanding of anatomy and physiology will be useful.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 32-34 hours of work. You could be required to work freelance/be self-employed managing your own hours.

You could work at a health centre, in a therapy clinic or at a fitness centre. Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career Path & Progression:

You could teach yoga, as well as practising as a self-employed therapist.

With experience you could teach or supervise yoga therapists in training.

You could take additional training to offer other complementary therapies.