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Yoga teacher

Yoga teachers teach yoga as a form of exercise to increase fitness and wellbeing.

Annual Salary

variable

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

32 to 34 variable

You could work: freelance / self-employed; managing your own hours

2%
Future employment

There will be 2% more Yoga teacher jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • designing course and lesson plans for a range of abilities
  • teaching a wide range of simple and complex yoga positions
  • adapting positions for conditions like pregnancy or arthritis
  • teaching breathing habits
  • assessing your students
  • reviewing your own courses and teaching skills

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a health centre.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations
College

You can do a yoga teaching qualification like:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Teaching Yoga to Children Aged 5 to 16
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
  • Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

It may be useful if you have a background in teaching exercise.

For more information
Other routes

You can train as a teacher by doing yoga courses with a specialist training provider.

You can also get a teaching award from The British Wheel of Yoga, the national governing body for yoga in the UK.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Career tips

You'll usually need 2 years' experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher to teach it yourself.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join organisations like the The British Wheel of Yoga or Iyengar Yoga UK for professional development and to make contacts with other teachers.

With experience you could run your own yoga workshops, yoga retreats, or holidays.

You may be able to train as a yoga therapist or take further qualifications to train yoga teachers.

You'll usually need 2 years' experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher to teach it yourself.

You can join organisations like the The British Wheel of Yoga or Iyengar Yoga UK for professional development and to make contacts with other teachers.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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