How to Become a Yoga Instructor

Are you twisting yourself up in knots trying to figure out how to become a teacher of yoga? Unwind with these simple suggestions.

You will need

  • Love of yoga
  • Practice
  • Training
  • Yoga studio
  • Internet access
  • Desire to help others
  • Training certification (optional)

Step 1 Learn yoga Learn yoga. In order to teach something, you have to know it yourself. Take classes, learn the poses, learn the skills.

Step 2 Identify your niche Identify what style of yoga and what demographic you are most interested in teaching.

Step 3 Find a training program Find a training program that best fits your yoga philosophy, as well as your schedule and budget. Ask at your local studio or search online to find the right school.

Step 4 Complete the training Complete your training. Most programs require 200 hours of instruction that spans practice, philosophy, meditation, hands-on teaching practicum, and observed teaching.

Step 5 Find a place to teach Find a studio or gym that needs an instructor or is open to you starting a class. Ensure a good fit by attending a few classes to observe the studio’s or gym’s approach.

Step 6 Keep your day job Keep your day job. While yoga is a wonderful practice and teaching it is a great avocation, it doesn’t pay the bills on its own for most people.