Yoga has many health benefits and it is not uncommon for people to want to share those with others. One of the best ways to do that is to become a yoga teacher. By doing so, you can turn your enjoyment into a rewarding profession. However, in order to do so, there are a number of steps that you need to take.
The first thing you should do, if you have not done so already, is to decide what type of yoga you would like to teach. There are many different kinds. Some of the more popular include hot and Bikram, as well as Vinyasa. However, there are over 14 different types of yoga that are currently popular.
Once you decide on the type of yoga certification you would like to obtain, your next step is to decide where you would like to teach. You need to think about whether you would like to work at an established studio, or if you would prefer to open your own. If you are aiming to open your own space, be aware that you will have to make a substantial investment in order to be able to do so as you will need to not only rent the space, but purchase insurance, and marketing costs, just to name a few. Also, be aware that there are no universal certification programs for yoga teachers. Therefore, you will have to determine what requirements are needed at the studio where you would like to work or in the area where you would like to set up shop.
After you have completed your research into what and where you would like to teach, the next step is to determine the best place to attend yoga teacher training. In doing so, you need to be aware that prices may be steep. However, financing is usually available. In addition to the monetary commitment, there is also a time commitment involved. You cannot become certified overnight. In fact, most studios require approximately 200 hours of hands-on training before you can teach classes.
Ask others where they go their training or if there is someplace they recommend you go to do so. Also, look for online reviews and browse their websites to see what other people think, how long they have been in business, and their success rate. Then, before committing to any training program, be sure to ask for and look over a copy of the syllabus to make sure that they have what you are looking for. You may also ask whether or not you can watch or participate in a class in order to see if the instructor is a good fit.
Once you have completed the certification process, be sure to try classes at several different studios before you apply for any jobs. This is important because different studios concentrate on different styles and techniques. You want to be comfortable in your new position and it is important to take steps to ensure that it happens. Also, be sure to converse with the staff to get a feel for the atmosphere.