A yoga teacher teaches stretching, breathing and meditation exercises to help her students achieve physical and mental balance. This job description gives you all the information you need to become a yoga teacher.
- Synonyms and associated professions: Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Bikram yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini yoga, Ashram, Sutra, prenatal yoga teacher, Tai Chi teacher, meditation instructor, pilates teacher.
- Level of studies or diplomas required: none.
- Alternating studies: no.
- Beginner salary: minimum wage.
- Status: independent (micro-entrepreneur) or employee.
- Age limit for recruitment: 18 years minimum.
- What does a Yoga Teacher do: missions, tasks and functions:
- What is the salary of a Yoga Teacher, his career development:
- What diplomas, studies, training, competitions to become a Yoga Teacher:
1. What does a Yoga Teacher do: missions, tasks and functions:
Yoga is a discipline practised in India since ancient times. It aims to establish harmony between body and mind by combining physical movements, meditation methods and a healthy lifestyle respecting the principles of Ayurvedic. Yoga works on the relaxation, toning and musculation of the body, the evacuation of toxins, the release of tensions and the strengthening of the mind and the immune system.
In this job description, we will focus on the physical aspect of yoga, the asanas (or postures), but integral yoga is much more than that, it is a philosophy of life whose objective is to harmonize all aspects of who we are.
1.1 Daily life of a yoga teacher:
1.2 Clothes and equipment of a yoga teacher:
1.3 Essential qualities, skills required to be a Yoga teacher:
1.4 Opportunities, recruitment, were to practice the profession of a Yoga teacher :
1.5 Hours, conditions and working time of a Yoga Teacher:
1.1 Daily life of a yoga teacher:
Most of the time, she works independently, as a liberal profession. She juggles the different courses, the preparation of the exercises and the development of her activity.
His day can start very early, as the first lessons start between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. These times are often reserved by workers and students for private lessons. Retirees or housewives will tend to attend classes between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Whether she teaches the class at her home, the student’s home, in a gym, or a yoga centre, she always starts by arranging the place and preparing the equipment (mat, meditation cushion, strap, brick cork, etc.). She also prepares the music to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Before starting, she explains to her students the objective of the session: mental strengthening, calming of the nervous system, etc. Then, it begins with a song or the repetition of a mantra, a kind of “hymn” pronounced in Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is a very ancient Indian language. It was used to write the yoga teaching books. Even though all these texts have been translated today, the Sanskrit names of the postures and mantras are still used to teach.
Then, the yoga teacher begins to demonstrate a series of postures and the students follow her. These postures are called “asanas” in Sanskrit. In some yoga traditions, like Vinyasa, the postures are done in a fluid motion. In other traditions, such as Hatha yoga, it takes several minutes in the same pose without moving. Learning yoga is to become more and more comfortable with the postures, to position yourself well and to help yourself with breathing to reach a state of harmony.
Breathing techniques (“pranayama”) are very important. The teacher regularly reminds the students to breathe well. It explains what type of breathing to use during exercise (diaphragm, nose, mouth, etc.). She also spends time checking that the students are holding the posture and helping them to reposition themselves.
She concludes the course with meditation and relaxation techniques. They allow students to learn to relax, control their stress and practice mindfulness.
A yoga class lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes. It usually ends with chanting or the repetition of a mantra.
Even if all the classes are composed of postures, breathing exercises and relaxation, the course may vary slightly depending on the type of yoga taught, but also according to the teacher’s aspirations.
For example, a Kundalini Yoga class consists of 40 minutes of physical movement, and about 40 minutes of relaxation and meditation. The relaxation session is much shorter in a Vinyasa class.
The teacher can finish her morning work between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., but some also give lessons at lunchtime. Business courses, for example, are mostly scheduled between noon and 2 p.m. In this case, she comes to the company’s premises with the necessary equipment. She keeps her yoga outfit on all day to save time. She sets up the equipment and begins her lesson.
The quietest part of the day, whether for classroom lessons or private sessions, is the early afternoon. She has free time that she often uses to prepare for her course or develop her business:
- it keeps its website up to date. She publishes articles on her blog or on social networks,
- it designs and organizes loyalty actions for its customers. She creates a promotion on her site or produces coupons,
- she answers emails, makes quotes for companies or makes appointments,
- she takes care of the administration: income declaration, payment of contributions, etc.,
- she is preparing her lessons. by organizing the movement sequences and the playlist she will use,
- it sends CVs, contacts rooms, reminds people interested in expanding and diversifying its clientele.
She often goes back to school around 5 p.m. It is not uncommon for her to teach until 10 p.m. in the evening. She sometimes has to move between private lessons at home and gym classes. If she has her own studio, she teaches all of her classes there.
Even though the majority of yoga teachers are women, it is quite possible for a man to do this profession. Moreover, more and more men are turning to this profession and this practice.
1.2 Clothing and equipment of a yoga teacher:
Whether as an employee or freelance, she wears special yoga outfits. Some prefer loose and comfortable outfits to be comfortable, others close to the body (leggings, bra) so as not to be hampered in their movements. Sometimes it also depends on the yoga tradition they teach. Kundalini yoga is practised in white clothes for example.
When she exercises on her own, she must buy all the necessary equipment: several yoga mats, meditation cushions (zafu), cork bricks, several yoga outfits, music to play and a carrying bag. She must be able to provide her students with materials when they do not have theirs. In the classroom, she often uses her own equipment and the classroom provides the mats for the students.
1.3 Essential qualities, skills required to be a Yoga Teacher:
She is passionate about yoga. She spends all of her time practising, teaching, reading and talking about yoga. She must have solid training to offer quality courses and build a good reputation. She is attentive, attentive and an educator to support her students in their learning and help them feel good.
Discipline is also essential. You have to train, have a healthy lifestyle, but also know how to rest to keep up. Practising all day long, even a seemingly gentle sport like yoga, can be very taxing on the body. She must be persistent, as the first few years can be financially difficult. She is pro-active, determined and organized to develop her business and juggle all of her tasks.
1.4 Opportunities, recruitment, were to practice the profession of Yoga Teacher:
She can start her career as an employee in a studio, a school, a yoga centre, or a gym. She can apply for an ad or spontaneously introduce herself and demonstrate. She sometimes starts as a replacement. If she proves herself and the students like her course, she may be offered a contract.
But these jobs are rare, and even when advertisements are found, they are often for contracts of less than 5 hours per week.
Studios and gyms are increasingly using independent teachers to provide lessons. The micro-enterprise (auto-entrepreneur) has greatly facilitated this kind of practice.
Most of the time, she, therefore, works independently and can:
- offer private lessons at home (their own or that of the student),
- give group lessons in the gym,
- organize your own group lessons in a room rented by the hour (neighbourhood centre, community hall, wellness centre, etc.),
- carry out freelance missions in a collective place of life: in a company, retirement home, holiday centre, festival, etc.,
- give intensive one-week internships in the form of a retreat,
- offer online courses on the internet, either live or in the form of videos.
To be successful as a freelancer, she must spend her time looking for new assignments and clients. For example, she can create a website, make herself known on social networks and register on platforms for connecting clients and teachers such as “YogaTrail”.
Finally, when she has enough experience and savings, she can decide to start her own yoga school.
Yoga has been enjoying growing success for years. More and more women and men practice it and the majority of sports halls offer classes.
Many practitioners have also decided to teach yoga to make a living from their passion. The market is, therefore, starting to be saturated. Some teachers find it difficult to fill their schedules. They are sometimes forced to work alongside to provide for themselves.
But it is entirely possible to make a living as a yoga teacher if one accepts to persevere during difficult times. It will take hard work at the beginning and a chain of the classroom and private lessons to make a name for yourself.
1.5 Hours, conditions and working hours of a Yoga Teacher:
At first, a yoga teacher spends most of her time trying to get herself known. When she finds clients, she adapts to their availability. She teaches very early in the morning and late at night, weekdays and weekends.
When she has built up a clientele, she spends her time running between home appointments and classroom classes. To this, we must add the time she spends preparing for her lessons.
A successful yoga teacher works hard and almost every day to grow her business. You always have to find new customers. Even if the practice of yoga makes you feel good, it is also tiring for the body when you follow the classes. But the job is rewarding and allows him to live off his passion.
When she is employed, she also gives most of her classes early in the morning or late at night, but the pace is less hectic. She has fewer trips and less stress of constantly having to find new clients.
2. What is the salary of a Yoga Teacher, his career development:
2.1 How much does a Yoga Teacher earn, remuneration, bonuses:
2.1.1 Remuneration of a salaried Yoga Teacher:
2.1.2 Remuneration of an independent Yoga Teacher:
2.2 Professional development of a Yoga Teacher:
2.1 How much does a Yoga Teacher earn, remuneration, bonuses:
2.1.1 Remuneration of a salaried Yoga teacher:
When she is employed in a gym or a yoga centre, she starts at the minimum wage. In addition to his basic salary, some rooms pay a commission for the number of students brought back.
His salary changes a bit with his experience and reputation. Despite her low pay, being an employee gives her a certain level of security. She has a fixed salary, she contributes towards her retirement, and benefits from paid vacation and unemployment if she loses her job.
2.1.2 Remuneration of an independent Yoga teacher:
As an independent, she can earn less than the minimum wage, especially in the early years. Many work part-time because they don’t have enough clients to fill their schedules.
When she manages to build up a loyal clientele, build a good reputation and diversify her income with profitable services (business or online courses for example) she can earn much more than a minimum wage.
Private sessions are the most profitable. From 30 € to 100 € depending on the region, the experience and the reputation of the teacher. It is especially in Paris that we find courses over 60 €. It is particularly interesting to sell course notebooks. It can also offer lessons by a webcam which saves him travel costs or room rental.
The best-earning yoga teachers are those who have developed their notoriety and diversified their source of income: shoot and sell yoga DVDs, create a clothing line, collaborate with brands, organize yoga workshops. one week, sell training on the internet.
2.2 Professional development of a Yoga Teacher:
Professional development is limited. It can diversify its services (private, group, retreat, yoga workshops, etc.) or its practice (teach several types of yoga).
She can open her own yoga centre, grow it and hire employees. Finally, she can become a trainer for people wishing to become a yoga teacher.
Yoga teacher with his students
3. What diplomas, studies, training, competitions to become a Yoga Teacher:
In Rishikesh India, the profession is not regulated. The state does not offer or recognize any education. It is therefore not compulsory to have a diploma to be employed or self-employed. Today, only professional yoga organizations organize the sector.
To be credible and succeed, it is still necessary to train.
3.1 Initial Yoga Teacher Training
3.2 Continuing Yoga Teacher
Training, internship, retreat, workshop:
3.1 Initial Yoga Teacher Training:
The training takes place in private schools or yoga federations. We can follow some in Rishikesh India or abroad.
It is generally considered that it takes a minimum of 200 hours of training to become a teacher, but there is everything: short courses of a few weeks and others of several years.
The shorter ones are often full-time, in total immersion. The longest courses offer sessions of a few days a month so that the student has time to practice and integrate the discipline. This also allows you to continue your main activity during the training.
In addition to the techniques of postures, mediation and breathing, we study the bases of anatomy, the history and the philosophical foundations of the different traditions of yoga.
You also learn how to build and run a course.
Some schools ask their students to support a thesis to validate their training.
3.2 Continuing education of a Yoga teacher, internship, retreat, workshop:
A yoga teacher continues to train throughout her career. The discipline is above all a philosophy and a progressive awareness, learning is therefore permanent. There are many internships from a few days to a few weeks to advance one’s practice.
The retreats in India are particularly appreciated because it is there that the discipline was born and developed. You can also find very good internships in Rishikesh India, given by renowned teachers who studied in India.