What It Takes To Become A Yoga Instructor

by admin on September 24, 2013

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What It Takes To Become A Yoga Instructor

Are you interested in becoming a yoga teacher? Ten or fifteen years ago there weren’t many yoga classes available, but with the recent growth of the gym industry, and the fact that yoga is presented as a way to relax and to exercise, there are many opportunities to learn yoga in gym classes nowadays. All of these classes mean there is a need for competent yoga instructors, who can clearly demonstrate the different yoga positions and explain the health benefits that come from doing them.


Most people who want to be a yoga teacher will have a lot of experience practicing the poses, which is one of the main requirements.

Usually a gym will ask for at least a year of experience practicing yoga, but preferably a year of experience teaching it. Like any job, those with more experience possess a strong advantage over those who are new to the field. It is hard to present yoga information clearly and confidently if it is an area that you are not intensely familiar with, and so experience is a major requirement.


Depending on the type of yoga instructor you want to become, you may have to show other levels of commitment.

If you’re purely interested in a position that is similar to an aerobics teacher, then that kind of experience is all that you need. If you want to be a promoter of the different yoga styles, then you’ll need to show your level of commitment to karma yoga, which focuses on selfless action and service. This means doing some kind of volunteering that will help someone or a group of individuals who are worse off than you.

A teacher of yoga who focuses on karma as well as the exercises will likely have to show how committed they are through examples of reflection. It is not unusual for a company steeped in yoga traditions to ask an applicant to produce essays or other examples of reflection on how yoga improved their life, or how they were able to make a difference in the lives of others.


Some people become a yoga teacher by starting out as a student at a gym, and then slowly working their way up to a position of responsibility.

If that is not an option for you, then you can do some research at home and explore other avenues of passing on the knowledge of yoga benefits. An employer basically wants to see that you have a strong level of commitment and have the ability to pass your knowledge on to others in a way that will be enjoyable for the students.


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