Congratulations on making the decision to become a yoga teacher — you are about to embark on a wonderful and enlightening journey!
There are many reasons why becoming a yoga instructor would make a great career. From flexibility, to personal development, to being a part of a community, it has great potential to be a fulfilling and exciting path.
But as with any big decision, it’s important to consider a few things. Perhaps you have doubts, or you simply want to know what it takes. Whether you’re making a huge career change or fresh out of secondary school, here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- Why do I want to teach yoga?
It’s an obvious question, but also a significant one. Anyone can become a yoga instructor, of course — but with any goal, you should know your intentions. The key to making a successful career as a yogi is to have both passion and commitment Why do you want to deepen your practice? What is it about the practice and journey of Yoga you want to share with others? It’s truly a dream job if you love what you do.
- What style would I want to teach in?
This might be a tough question, especially if you’re just starting out on your journey. With so many styles of practice out there, it can be hard to understand which style works for you best. Is it Hatha? Vinyasa? Ashtanga? The best way to know is to try them all out to find the best fit. Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular styles of Yoga in the Western world, and the one most people associate with Yoga. It is a good start as it gives you all the foundations which help you to integrate other styles as you explore them.
- How much money (and time) can I invest?
Investing in your future is key for your success. However, as with most careers, it’s not cheap and could take months to a year or more to get certified. Luckily, many schools (like us) offer flexible payment plans and study loans to help you jump-start your career!
- Do I have the qualifications to enroll?
To be able to enroll in classes – especially advanced ones – you need to have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) and be at least 18 years old. And remember, training isn’t easy. It’s meant to challenge you. Having at least 12 months of a regular yoga practice will help you meet the physical and psychological challenges of full-time teacher training. Do I like working with people?
When you start teaching yoga professionally, you’ll meet a variety of people, likely from different backgrounds and cultures. If you’re a people person, then this job will come naturally to you. Are you naturally caring, empathetic and compassionate person? Are you good at understanding the needs of others? Are you also organised and good at planning? These qualities make you a great candidate for teaching Yoga.
Do I need to be an expert?
No, you don’t! Many yoga instructors recommend having at least a little experience in the practice, but you certainly do not have to know everything about yoga or do complex poses. In this journey, you grow as you go.
If your desire and passion to begin this journey are strong, then your dharma is calling. If you’re considering teaching yoga as a career, then you are ready to make that leap!
You can also take it a step further and specialize through advanced courses. At Demi International, we offer the Advanced Diploma of Holistic Classical Yoga Practices, a course grounded in Hatha Yoga. Our yoga academy is equipped with the best resources and instruction to deepen your practice.