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5 Ways to Make Yoga A Full-Time Career

Yoga is really, really popular right now and what’s even more popular is teaching yoga. Yoga teacher trainings are popping up on every corner all over the world. That means there’s lots of YTTs and even more brand new yoga teachers— YAY! But that still leaves one important question unanswered: how do you go from YTT to full-time yogi who can pay their bills?

This is one of the most common questions I get around teaching, and some things you can never hear often enough. So here are a few of the BEST ways to make yoga a full-time career…

When you set out to teach full-time, you have to accept the fact that you’re a type of entrepreneur, and getting your dream life will require sacrifice. That means scrimping where you can to save as you build your schedule and clientele. Drop the daily coffee shop runs in favor of brewing it yourself at home. Skip Uber Eats and eat-in instead. Here’s a whole blog post I wrote on this… 

Teach Privately— for a premium.
Private sessions are really where the money is when it comes to teaching yoga, as long as you’re charging a fair price. Don’t be shy to charge $60+ an hour for private sessions— it’s a premium service and people will expect a premium price tag. You’re highly trained, highly qualified, and highly invested in your students’ practice— you deserve to be compensated. And your students are more committed when they have some skin in the game, too.

Hustle harder.
As yogis we often get caught in thinking that we need to relaaaaax and let the universe do all the work. We can sit back, meditate on what we want, and it’ll come to us on a silver platter. This is so, so wrong. You have to get out into the world and knock on studio doors to see where you can teach. Tell your friends & family that you’re teaching and offering group or private sessions. Get the word OUT and be loud and proud about it!

Think outside the studio.
Yoga studios aren’t the only places looking for teachers. Think about corporate offices, schools & universities, start-ups, neighborhood club houses, country clubs, mom groups— the list goes on. Even teaching in a different capacity in studios is an option. Think about hosting workshops where you’ll make much more for your time than with a single class.

Know that it won’t happen overnight.
It’ll take time to build all of this out for yourself. If you’re doing yoga part-time and something else to help support your dream, there’s nothing more admirable than that. Seriously. If it takes a few months to build up to full-time, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong and it doesn’t mean you’re failing. That’s part of the process and you’ll get there!

Like anything else you succeed at, it has to be your obsession. If you’re obsessed with finding a way to make it work, you WILL find it.

Over to you! Do you teach full time? Would you like to? What do you feel/did you feel is/was the biggest obstacle standing in your way?

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    July 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Is this pic from the workshop you taught up in Princeton?

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      July 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      It definitely is, I see myself over on the left 🙂

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    July 19, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for this, Erin! I’m still working in my corporate gig and just teaching yoga on the side for now. On top of sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week, I’m teaching about 6 classes and it gets SO exhausting. That’s one of my biggest obstacles – finding the time and energy to pour my heart into my classes (and my personal practice!), while still having to work my regular job in order to pay the bills, plus just the rest of life that takes up time. The feeling I get after teaching and the satisfaction of my students always reminds me why I’m doing it though. I’m hoping to get to the point where I can at least transition to part time and focus more on my classes and then COMPLETELY get out of the corporate world… One day it’ll happen!! 🙂

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    July 19, 2017 at 9:28 am

    The corporate world left me at a time when I was ready to leave it, and opportunities started appearing. I am teaching upwards of 12 classes a week, but I need to work on getting more students and attracting privates.

  4. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    July 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I am teaching yoga as much as possible, as well as being a masters student and working part time. I know I will never only be a yoga teacher, simply because there is so much other stuff I’d like to be doing. That is what I love about this life, being able to puzzle together a few different passion projects 🙂

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