If you are planning to become a yoga instructor then you should brace yourself for the reality. It is true that yoga is about peace and serenity and flexibility but for you to be effective in training, you need to understand the chaos you need to go through.
If you want to pay rent, it’s all about the privates.
There’s just no way that you can sustain yourself otherwise. Unless you’re packing group classes and being paid more per head, I’m not sure how you’re going to pay the rent.
With private students, it’s all about selling packages of 5 or 10 classes. This is great for students because it helps ensure they’ll show up (unlike a gym membership, which they can just ignore). It’s great for the teacher because it’s a useful chunk of change you can pocket and budget accordingly.
In fact, it IS a popularity contest.
Although most yoga centers derive a large chunk of their income from teacher trainings, there’s still an obvious pressure to fill classes, even if some studios deny this.
A yoga instructor is also an entrepreneur. You do need to pay your bills, don’t you? So don’t just quit your job and head off to start your own yoga class. Keep your job until you are certain that your passion for yoga can sustain you.
Keep your day job.
Just because you graduate teacher training, doesn’t mean you should quit your day job just yet!
A sustainable yoga career doesn’t happen overnight. Seriously. DOES. NOT. HAPPEN. OVERNIGHT.
Unfortunately, I see so many yogis get blinded by all the glitter and unicorns and love and light that they make these huge decisions to leave a stable paying job and hope the universe will provide for them.
I’m all about trusting the universe… but I’m also practical. And unless you wanna be another broke yogi, you should be too!
Sweet Success Tip:: Consider your day job a blessing. It’s allowing you to build up your yoga career on the side without the stress of wondering how you’re gonna pay the rent + put food on the table.
EASE OUT of your job and EASE INTO your yoga career. Know what your baseline required income is and build up your yoga income to that point. This allows you to make a much smoother transition because you can take the financial pressure off yourself while you’re getting more teaching experience, building your student base, and learning the ropes of the biz side of yoga.
There is more to yoga than meets the eye. There are so many yogis out there who are not offering the best to their trainees. It is important that you know what true yoga is before you proclaim yourself an instructor.
Yoga is more than asanas. Many practitioners have a devoted asana practice but neglect the holistic view of what yoga encompasses. There are actually eight limbs to yoga, and flowing through downward dog and triangle pose is just one little aspect.
- Yama: universal morality
- Niyama: personal observances
- Asanas: body postures
- Pranayama: breathing exercises and control of prana, life force energy
- Pratyahara: control of the senses
- Dharana: concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
- Dhyana: devotion, meditation on the Divine
- Samadhi: union with the Divine