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Yoga teachers teach yoga as a form of exercise to increase fitness and well-being.

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1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements to become a yoga teacher, but you may find it helpful to have:

  • 2 years experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher
  • a recognised yoga teaching qualification
  • accreditation from a yoga association
  • insurance cover

You can find information on yoga teaching and yoga courses through organisations like:

British Wheel of Yoga
Independent Yoga Network
Iyengar Yoga Association
Yoga Alliance Professionals

If you want to work in a gym or leisure centre, you may find it useful to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), which shows clients that you meet fitness industry standards.

You may need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to motivate individuals and groups
  • good speaking and listening skills
  • personal fitness, strength and flexibility
  • commercial skills, if running your own business

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • designing course and lesson plans for a range of abilities
  • teaching a wide range of simple and complex yoga positions
  • adapting positions for conditions like pregnancy or arthritis
  • teaching breathing habits
  • assessing your students
  • reviewing your own courses and teaching skills

You could specialise in teaching a particular group like pregnant women, or mother and baby classes.

4. Salary

You could charge an hourly or session rate of around £5 to £15 per person for group sessions. For private sessions you could charge from £35 to £60.

If you’re employed as a yoga teacher, you could earn £20 to £30 per hour, depending on your experience.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Many yoga teachers work part-time, and often have another job in a similar role, like teaching other fitness classes. 

You’ll usually set your own working hours, which may include evenings and weekends.

The job is physically demanding.

You could work at several sites, like sports centres or health clinics, all of which will involve local travel.

6. Career path and 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.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018