Yoga has been around for centuries and whether you are just getting into it or have been participating in it for years, there is a great opportunity for you to teach what you enjoy with other yoga students. Here are some considerations when you are planning to become a yoga instructor.
Understand the Teaching Elements
Before you should start a yoga training program, you should make sure you are able to accept all the responsibilities and challenges that can come with being a yoga teacher. For example, in a yoga class setting, you will have all types of learners who all may learn differently. This will require you to have some patience depending on the student, and be able to clearly break down the movements and explain the yoga poses so your students can follow along.
And if your class is a large class in a similarly-sized studio room, you will need to be able to project your voice over the entire classroom so each student can clearly hear you. Not all yoga studios are going to have a sound system where you can wear a microphone.
Also, make sure you will be able and willing to market your class to prospective students to fill your class slots. In order to make a profit, you need to have enough students attending your classes. Once you get students to attend your class, you will need to make the class enjoyable and engaging to make them all feel welcome. If you have an entire class of beginners, you should have a plan for teaching the simple basics of yoga so they can learn and follow along enough where they love it and want to come back for more.
Look For the Right Training Program
There are a variety of yoga training programs available across the nation and around the world. You can find a local yoga training course from a university or college or at a smaller establishment that provides the training that is certified by the Yoga Alliance.
There are training classes you can attend in the evenings while you keep your day job, or there are shorter training programs you can take to complete the requirements within a short period of time. In fact, you can also complete your yoga training at a vacation destination, such as beachfront training or other training requiring you to travel to the school.
Another consideration with regards to the training program is what type or types of yoga do you want to learn. There are four main types of yoga, including karma, bhakti, jnana, and raja, but you can also learn athletic yoga or restorative yoga to help repair body injuries. Be sure you understand what types you want to learn and make sure the training you sign up for will teach you those specifically.