Yoga teacher

Yoga teachers teach yoga as a form of exercise to increase fitness and well-being.

Annual Salary


Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 3% more Yoga teacher jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

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

You could specialise in teaching a particular group like pregnant women, or mother and baby classes.


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.

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

Other Routes

There are no set entry requirements to become a yoga teacher, but you may find it helpful to have:

  • 2 years experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher
  • a recognised yoga teaching qualification
  • accreditation from a yoga association
  • insurance cover

You can find information on yoga teaching and yoga courses through organisations like:

British Wheel of Yoga
Independent Yoga Network
Iyengar Yoga Association
Yoga Alliance Professionals

If you want to work in a gym or leisure centre, you may find it useful to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), which shows clients that you meet fitness industry standards.

You can also find courses through Health and Fitness Education.

You may need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


You could charge an hourly or session rate of around £5 to £15 per person for group sessions. For private sessions you could charge from £35 to £60.

If you’re employed as a yoga teacher, you could earn £20 to £30 per hour, depending on your experience.

These figures are a guide.


Many yoga teachers work part-time, and often have another job in a similar role, like teaching other fitness classes.

You’ll usually set your own working hours, which may include evenings and weekends.

The job is physically demanding.

You could work at several sites, like sports centres or health clinics, all of which will involve local travel.

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:

  • the ability to motivate individuals and groups
  • good speaking and listening skills
  • personal fitness, strength and flexibility
  • commercial skills, if running your own business
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