Find out about how to have a successful career as a Yoga Instructor including the requirements, qualifications you'll need, hours, salary and how to get started.

Yoga has become more and more popular over the years, so there's never been a better time to turn your passion into a career. There are a few different routes you can take and it can get a little complicated. That's why we've put together a guide on how to become a Yoga teacher, including the skills you'll need, what the hours will be like, the income you can expect and the opportunities that are out there.


Courses to get you started

The first step to a successful career is getting the qualifications you need to begin. Our Diploma in Teaching Yoga course is based on Hatha Yoga – the foundation from where many popular styles of yoga have developed. You’ll learn yoga asanas (positions), pranayama (breath control), mudra (hand positions), as well as meditation and yoga kriyas (cleansing techniques). So whether you want to teach classes or one-to-one sessions, this is the course to get your career in fitness started.

Skills you'll need

As well as a love of Yoga, there are a few other skills you'll need for a successful career as a Yoga teacher. You'll need:

  • To be a people person.
  • Have the ability to motivate and inspire.
  • To be a good listener.
  • To be able to work with your clients to bring the best out of them.
  • You may also need some business skills if you decide to go it alone.

What the work involves

Once you're qualified, working as a Yoga teacher can be varied and rewarding.

  • You'll be teaching a range of poses, becoming more complex as time goes on and depending on the levels your clients are at.
  • You'll be designing classes for all abilities, reviewing your students and maybe branching out into specialist areas.
  • Helping your clients work on their health and wellbeing
  • You will also need to spend time finding clients. This means you'll get the chance to do a bit of everything - marketing, sales and social media.


As a Yoga teacher, your hours will need to fit around your clients' lifestyles.

Unlike the normal 9 to 5, you'll get to set your own hours but you may have to be a little flexible and work some evenings and weekends. Most Yoga teachers choose to work part time.


Your salary will depend on your level and whether you work for a gym or you're self employed.

If you're employed you can expect to earn between £20 and £30 per hour. If you decide to go self-employed, you can charge anywhere between £5 and £15 for group sessions or between £35 and £60 for private classes.

Training and development

You may want to continue your study and learn more with a continued professional development course. These courses allow you to further your career in fitness by broadening your skills with a more specialist area, allowing you to build up your portfolio and learn new things. You can choose from a range of our courses and areas of interest here.


There are many opportunities out there once you're a Yoga instructor and as the UK's most established provider of fitness training courses, we've earned a reputation for excellence amongst employers in the sector. We have also developed recruitment partnerships to help get your fitness career off to the best possible start. Find out more about this on our blog.

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