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How to Become a Yoga Instructor

Charlie S
The aim of this story is to explain how to become a yoga instructor and help you know what salary you can draw as a qualified yoga instructor.
The demand for yoga instructors is increasing at a great pace due to the stressful lifestyle people live, especially those living in big cities. The best thing about the job of a yoga instructor is that they get the opportunity of working at different places such as schools, colleges, health clubs and as a personal yoga trainer for affluent people.
Due to the increasing demand, Their salary has seen a growing trend since the last few years and will continue to grow as per the opinion of the job market experts. The job of a yoga instructor can give a lot of mental satisfaction and have flexible working hours. The job may be full time or part time.

Training and Certification

Start by training yourself at a workshop and reading some useful books related to yoga. In order to become a successful yoga instructor, you should get the important certifications from training institutions which will help you to grab the coveted jobs. The AFPA Yoga Fitness Instructor Certification program can be beneficial for budding instructors. Look for the opportunity to learn from professional yoga trainers by attending their practical sessions.
Watching yoga videos carefully will also help you to learn the basics of teaching yoga. In order to become a yoga instructor, you need to have a keen interest in the field and practice what you learn to gain the desired level of expertise. Training for yoga teachers is an intensive 200 hour course after which a special 500 hour training program also needs to be completed. Certification and tag of a registered yoga teacher helps a lot in securing good employment.
Becoming a yoga instructor and getting a good job can be challenging as the several aspirants for these jobs would be very large in number. You should prepare a good resume which has all your personal and professional details written in a systematic manner and submit it at the places where you are applying for the job.
You will, most probably, have to go through written tests, practical tests and interview sessions at all the places where you apply for the job of a yoga instructor.


The salary of yoga instructors depends a lot on the place of work, the number of years of experience and their achievements and popularity. Those who work for top-notch fitness centers in the metropolitan cities can expect a much more salary than those who work for smaller enterprises. Those who have an independent business of teaching yoga to people who approach them can earn much more than the employed ones provided they have an established name in the industry.
In the case of self-employed professionals, the way you market yourself and your center will decide the magnitude of your success. Yoga instructors who have just started out can expect to earn USD 35 per hour as their salary. This number can exceed USD 100 for very experienced and renowned instructors. The average salary is believed to be around USD 35,000 per year. Self-employed yoga instructors can earn more than USD 75,000 per year or even more once their business is fully established.
I hope this story must have answered all your queries related to this field. All the best!