I always get asked how to make a living teaching yoga. It’s a really complicated answer that would be impossible to answer in just a few minute video or a handful of bullets in a list, but I’ll do my best to go through some of the most important tips here 🙂
1. First, decide what your goal is.
When I quit my job, I set a financial goal for myself. I determined how much I wanted to make and then worked backwards to figure out how many classes I needed to teach and how many private clients I needed to find. It really helped me with planning how to quit my job and go full-time into teaching yoga. If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have anything.
2. Don’t shy away from the hustle.
I called every studio I could find in a 30 mile radius to see what classes I could teach. And if I couldn’t get a regular class, I put myself on the sub list to build relationships with the studio. Calling studios or friends who have contacts in the yoga space shouldn’t feel “beneath” you when you’re trying to line up a schedule for yourself. Be willing to do whatever it takes!
3. Charge what you’re worth.
We should make an entire course for this all on its own! Until then, I’ll just say this: making money isn’t anything to feel badly about, so don’t feel guilty for charging for what you do. This is a super helpful chart to figure out what to charge. But beyond that, I’ll tell you what was average for me in my city when I taught full-time: $25-$30 per group class (60-75 minutes), and between $65-$75 per 60-minute private session and I’d have a minimum number of classes in a “package” for private clients to purchase. Of course this may vary between cities, so don’t be shy to ask around!
4. Carve out time for creativity.
Make sure you have some time in your week to take another yoga or fitness class, read, move through your own practice, or just spend time outside. It sounds unimportant, but you’ll burn out quickly if you’re constantly giving from a bucket that you don’t refill. Getting in touch with your creative side for yoga sequencing can come from unexpected places, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do stuff totally unrelated to yoga, too!
5. Do NOT stay quiet!
I get it. Self-promotion feels so uncomfortable sometimes, especially when you’re just starting out. You feel like you don’t have enough experience to lean on or you just don’t know how to effectively “market” yourself and your classes. I’ll go into more detail about this in a different post, but just remember this: your classes and community won’t grow if you don’t tell people about them– and tell them often! It’s tempting to stay quiet because you don’t want to feel people rolling their eyes at you, or you don’t want to annoy the ones who don’t care what you’re doing. Here’s the thing though: people who are annoyed by what you’re doing don’t pay your bills. So forget about the few who might judge and promote, promote, promote! You do good work and your work deserves to reach as many people as possible.
Over to you! How many teachers are in the house?! Do you want more info on growing your yoga career? What do you most struggle with?