How to Become a Yoga Instructor

If you’re a fan of yoga, the idea of practicing for hours a day – and getting paid for it! – may sound like the ultimate dream. But how do you even get started with pursuing yoga as a career? 

Luckily, that dream may be closer to reality than you realise! By training with YMCAfit, you can complete a yoga instructor course in London or online in as little as eight weeks. Getting certified is important, but it’s just one piece in the puzzle to beginning a successful career in yoga. 

Follow these steps on how to become a yoga instructor, and you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling and exciting new career in no time: 

Attend yoga classes as a participant 

It’s important that you gain a base knowledge of yoga before you start training to become an instructor. We recommend that our learners practice yoga for at least two years before signing up to train as an instructor. 

Choose your yoga style 

There are a handful of different yoga styles, with some the most popular being Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga. Hatha is the perfect place to start as it’s the most versatile type of yoga and forms the perfect foundation for your career as a yoga teacher. Once you get that base qualification, you can specialise with further study in different yoga styles. 

Enrol in a Yoga training course 

YMCAfit runs courses that focus on Hatha yoga and that can help you become a qualified instructor in as little as eight weeks. You’ll earn a Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga and can choose between online classes or in-person yoga teacher training in London. The in-person sessions are held at YMCA KX, just around the corner from Kings Cross Station. 

Earn your Diploma in Teaching Yoga 

Once you complete your online or in-person course, you’ll have a practical assessment and a theory assessment that will be graded by your course tutor. Receive a passing grade, and you’ll officially be certified to teach yoga! 

Consider joining the Yoga Alliance 

The Yoga Alliance is an international organisation that isn’t mandatory to join, however, it may be required by certain studios. It isn’t associated with YMCAfit or any other specific yoga training organisations and is geared toward individual yoga professionals. Membership in the Yoga Alliance is an extra credential that not only looks good on your CV but will also provide you with valuable resources like online workshops, networking and social events, and discounts on some yoga brands. 

Start teaching! 

There are a couple different things to consider… Do you want to work as a full-time or part-time yoga instructor? And would you prefer to work with one specific studio or freelance across several different gyms? Whichever option you choose will help you get your foot in the door of the yoga community. 

Upskill with CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses 

There’s always something new you can learn when it comes to yoga! Once you’ve been instructing for a little while, consider upskilling with a Continued Professional Development course. YMCAfit offers supplemental CPDs in Vinyasa Yoga and Yin and Restorative Yoga

Network in the yoga community 

Attend different workshops and events around your city and continue to go to yoga classes as a student. Not only will you learn new skills, but this is also the perfect way to meet others who share your passion. It may open doors to teach at new studios, and you may find yoga-lovers who would like to attend your classes. 

Market yourself 

Social media and online advertising are excellent ways to take your yoga career to the next level. Start gaining a following by posting helpful yoga-related content on Instagram or TikTok and design a website where you can promote your services. 

Once you tick off each of these steps, you’ll be on your way to a successful and fulfilling career as a yoga instructor! 

Are you ready to turn your dream into a reality and become a certified yoga instructor? Click here to learn more about our courses or book a call with one of our course advisors. 

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