Yoga Teacher Financial Help
Is it possible to earn a livable wage as a yoga teacher? How do you keep a steady stream of income even as a new teacher?
A good number of yoga teachers would probably be satisfied to teach yoga all day every day, without receiving a dime in return. Unfortunately, most teachers need a steady income in order to support themselves and sustain their business.
A thorough knowledge of the local yoga community, and your own skill set, can increase your success in finding local yoga instructor jobs and keeping a steady business. Where are the likely sources of employment for a yoga teacher, and what can you expect for a yoga instructor salary? Read on for a primer on the yoga teaching market, and how to take advantage of the opportunities in your area. Benefits Plus members can also get access to more hands-on guides for opening a business, and marketing yourself as a yoga teacher.
Yoga Instructor Jobs
Even after successfully completing a teacher training program, and deciding your goals as a teacher, the most crucial part of a successful career is finding your audience. Fortunately, as a yoga teacher you have a lot of freedom in how to approach your career, and where to find the yoga instructor jobs in your area.
As you begin your quest to find work, there are a few useful steps to lay the groundwork for your success.
How to prepare for your job search:
Create your resume. Just as with a traditional professional resume, make sure to include your relevant experience, how long you have been practicing and/or teaching yoga, and where you have trained. You will also want to mention any certifications or teacher training programs you have completed.
Get trained in CPR and first aid. Great resources for affordable classes include The American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) and the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org). Many studios or health clubs will require you to have certification before allowing you teach a yoga class.
Purchase insurance. Low-cost insurance for yoga instructors is available through Yoga Journal Benefits Plus, with policies through Fitness and Wellness. Liability insurance protects yoga instructors from claims brought against you or your business for bodily injury or property damage arising out of your negligence. Many studios that you will want to teach at will require proof of insurance.
Prepare a student waiver. While most established studios will keep their own student records and waivers, you will want your own if you are teaching independently. It may also be helpful to keep names and contact information for your students in case of emergency.
How to find yoga instructor jobs
Depending on where you live, there can be a wide variety of potential places to teach yoga in your community. Be creative, and brainstorm a list of the venues that might be a good fit. Consider if there are segments of the population or local market that could use your help, especially if you are an expert in a specialty area of yoga.
Where to start in your community:
Yoga studios. Studios are obviously the most competitive for novice teachers, but you can make yourself valuable by teaching at off-hours (very early or very late), or bringing a specialty to the studio. Also consider calling your local studios and offering yourself up as a substitute teacher.
Health clubs or spas. As yoga grows in popularity, it has become increasingly common to see yoga classes in gyms and spas around the country. If you teach regularly at a health club, you can usually guarantee a large following and a steady income.
Businesses and corporations. As a way to combat stress and boost morale, many businesses offer lunchtime yoga to their employees. Do some research to find local health-related companies, or large companies that offer employee benefits, and make a call to their human resources departments.
Community and recreation centers. Get in touch with the local parks and recreation department for more information on how classes are organized.
Rent local spaces. Find low-cost spaces to rent for your classes. Try local religious institutions, including churches and temples. You may also consider using private homes, or free community spaces such as parks.
Target specific populations. Find out if your expertise can be used for specific populations in your area, including at senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, or schools.
Market yourself to attract new students. Get your name out there, and create opportunities by marketing yourself as a yoga teacher. Print a set of flyers or business cards, and distribute them in your neighborhood or at local businesses. Build a website as a hub for information about you and your classes (consider starting with a simple, free blogging tool like Wordpress.com or Blogger.com). Host yoga parties, or free yoga workshops. And never underestimate the power of advertising free or discounted classes to new students!