Yoga isn't just a form of exercise, it is a lifestyle. Yoga is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy while meditation and finding inner peace. This is why so many people choose yoga as a career path. Becoming a yoga instructor takes hard work and dedication, but if you really put your mind to it, you can have a great career teaching yoga. Here are some things you need to know about starting a career in yoga.
1. You May Need To Keep Your Day Job (At Least In The Beginning)
Ideally yoga will become your life. You'll be able to wear yoga pants all day, share your love and passion for yoga with others, and it will be a great way to bring in income. But know in the beginning, it may not be that profitable. You might find yourself teaching classes here and there at a local gym, or doing sessions at your house with just a few clients. But know that as you keep doing the classes and as you keep sharing your passion and gift, you will find people who will love the way you teach yoga and they will become the clients you can build a thriving studio around. It just takes patience in the beginning. So don't quite quit your day job until you have that sustainable business.
2. Don't Neglect Your Own Practice Of Yoga
As you become certified and teach others you might find yourself neglecting to do your own salutations and sessions. When you teach you won't be doing the exercises yourself, you will be coaching others. Thus, many people take the time that they did yoga to now teach yoga. If you aren't doing it yourself you will lose some of your skill, but more importantly, you may lose some of your passion. This is why you must keep up your own practice while teaching and coaching.
3. Expect Unusual Hours
One of the greatest things about yoga is that you can practice any time of the day. In fact, many people prefer to do yoga in the mornings and the evenings so that it can invigorate their spirit before the day starts, and help to calm their minds and bodies as they prepare for bed. If you are looking for a 9-5 job, then yoga may not be for you. But if you are committed to helping people throughout the day, it could be a great fit.
By understanding these things you can determine if becoming yoga certified is right for you.