sibdawg-millionaire asked: Hi Nadine, enjoy and appreciate your energy and knowledge. I wanted to know what your thoughts are on a person thinking to take a yoga teacher training course. Some concerns might be if it's something that might help earn a living or not. After completing the course what can the person now do, volunteer at a studio? start his/her own private class somewhere? Is this something that can be done full time or on the side? Thanks- Stan
Thanks for reaching out on the blog! It is wonderful that you’re thinking about doing a teacher training, as it is a great way to deepen your own practice, while also providing you with a great foundation and education to become a yoga teacher yourself.
Yoga is definitely on the rise. According to Yoga Journal, 8.7% of all Americans are practitioners, with 44% describing themselves as “interested in yoga”. Those numbers reflect sentiments of 2012. It has risen since then. This definitely means good news for yoga professionals. More demand for yoga means more demand for teachers and studios.
With that said, unless you are a yoga celebrity, you’re likely not going to become a rich yoga teacher. A full time teaching schedule is a handful, and many teachers still barely make a comfortable living if they’re not supported in some other way. Teaching alone often times is not sustainable. Many yoga teachers supplement their income with holding teacher trainings, workshops, leading yoga retreats, or writing books or filming yoga DVD’s. And even those are competitive markets. A yoga teacher making a good living is a business savvy person, which often conflicts with the quiet, introspective nature of most yogis. I’m generalizing of course, but you get the gist.
It’s a wonderful way to supplement your income. It can also be a wonderful way to earn a living doing it full time. But like any career, the road to success consists of hard work. That means volunteering your services to studios, teaching community classes, teaching at gyms or private clients. The list of potentials is endless, but the business side of you will have to find them. Clients and students don’t magically appear at your door step. You’ll have to do the marketing work, the outreach, and that takes lots of hours.
Become a yoga instructor, if you feel that it is in your path. If you enjoy imparting what you have learned, this might be for you. If you want to help people realize their own dharma, this might be for you. If you want to facilitate making people feel good on a physical and spiritual level, this might be for you.
But if you’re looking to make big money…, chances are slim. The yoga profession is almost like art and entertainment. You don’t do it for the money. You do it for the love of it. Ask yourself what drives you toward teaching, and be honest with yourself.
Good luck in your path! Hope this helps!