Type of Job
Yoga teachers help people to learn the various positions, breathing, meditation and visualisation techniques that are involved in yoga.
What is the job about?
Yoga is studied for many reason, including:
- Exercise - to improve physical fitness and flexibility
- To increase well-being
- To increase relaxation
- To address various health problems
Yoga teachers design courses and lesson plans and lead classes. They need to be able to:
- Recognise the needs of students of different levels
- Teach a wide range of yoga postures
- Adapt postures for those with specialised conditions (e.g. pregnancy)
- Teach breathing techniques
- Assess students' progress
Key Skills & Knowledge needed
All yoga teachers must firstly be experienced, with several years of yoga practice. They need to have an interest in people and a caring approach. Other skills include:
- The ability to motivate individuals and groups
- Good communication skills
- A good awareness of the risks inherent in exercise
Qualifications and experience needed
Yoga teachers must have extensive experience of yoga. In addition you will need:
- A recognized yoga teaching qualification
- First aid certificate
- CPR certificate
The recognized qualification is the CYQ Level 3 Certificate in Teaching Yoga - it is also recognised for membership of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
You can also study for a teaching award from the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), or, if you are already a yoga teacher, it is possible to get your skills and knowledge recognised through Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL). This has been developed by SkillsActive, yoga organisations and the fitness industry.
What other training and development could I do?
To develop your skills further, you can study for a specialised qualification in an area such as Teaching Yoga to Children, Pregnancy, or Meditation.
Salary and benefit expectations
Most yoga teachers are self-employed, so annual income will vary considerably. Typical rates per session range from ?20 to ?60.
Where else can I go for more information?
You can find out more at:
77-91 New Oxford Street
Advice line: 08000 933300
Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
8-10 Crown Hill
Tel: 020 8686 6464
British Wheel of Yoga
25 Jermyn Street
Tel: 01529 306851