How to Become a Yoga Teacher
Yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise and wellness activity in the western world. It can be challenging and hugely rewarding to become a yoga teacher. Here’s a few steps to follow on your journey.
Step 1: Research
First, it’s important to become familiar with the different types of yoga, their philosophy and history. Here are the four main types of yoga:
- Hatha Yoga – physical postures combined with breathing techniques
- Vinyasa Yoga – linking postures with the breath in series of movements
- Kundalini Yoga – focusing on energy flow through breath and movement
- Iyengar Yoga – detailed flowing postures based on physical alignment
Each type of yoga has a unique history and distinctive practices, so it’s important to understand the differences before taking the next steps.
Step 2: Training
When you have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of yoga, the next step is to find a Yoga Alliance accredited course or teacher. Classes may be held in person or online, but they should be conducted by a qualified instructor. A reputable yoga teacher training program will have a comprehensive syllabus, including anatomy, basic yoga poses and meditation techniques.
Step 3: Practice
Now that you’ve learned the theoretical aspects of yoga, it’s time to practice! Spend time honing your own practice and teaching techniques, such as incorporating music and props, to create a comprehensive learning experience.
Step 4: Certification
Once you’ve become comfortable in your abilities to teach yoga, you can pursue certification. Most certifications require a minimum of 200 hours of teachers’ training, with many now requiring a 500-hour certification. Certification courses are offered by countless independent organizations, though many also offer recognition for prior education and experience. Upon completion, you can apply for recognition with Yoga Alliance and be listed as a qualified teacher.
Step 5: Launch Your Studio
This is the end of the journey and time to begin teaching! You’ll need to secure a physical or virtual studio, figure out a launch plan, marketing strategy and budget and create a set of classes. You also need to decide whether you’ll be self-employed or register your business.
Becoming a yoga teacher requires time, dedication and a good sense of discipline. But with so many options available to launch your teaching career, it’s never been easier to begin!
I am passionate about yoga and this is my blog. I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 5. Yoga has transformed my life in so many ways and I love being able to share that with others. My hope is that through this blog, I can help people learn more about yoga, connect with other yogis, and find inspiration to live a healthier, happier life.