So You Graduated Yoga Teacher Training—Now What?

A lot of new yoga teachers feel lost and slightly overwhelmed once the cocoon of Teacher Training has been shed. Learn how to get your yoga teaching career started.

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Congratulations on your accomplishment. Now discover some of the necessary next steps that will help you get started as a yoga teacher after completing your first YTT.

While a good teacher training will have helped prepare you for the next step, the truth is that the majority of new yoga teachers feel lost and slightly overwhelmed once the cocoon of Teacher Training has been shed. You’ve endured endless hours of training and have earned your teaching certification, now what?

For starters, don’t quit your day job (just yet) and don’t bank on becoming a yoga celebrity on Instagram to build your career. Put in the time, develop a self-practice, keep studying and teach, teach, teach whenever and whoever you can.

5 Steps to Take After Graduating from Yoga Teacher Training

1. Take care of business.

Before you forget, register with Yoga Alliance and get liability insurance. Registering is simple on yogaalliance.org, and once your profile is up don’t forget to input your continuing education hours as you deepen your studies. Additionally, liability insurance is an absolute must. Check out Yoga Journal’s TeachersPlus for more information.

2. Assist.

I cannot say enough about assisting. Find a teacher and class that you can assist for at least three months. Assisting is the best way to gain hands-on experience while continuing to learn from a veteran teacher and develop a presence in the studio’s community.

3. Teach your family and friends.

A great way to become comfortable teaching is to practice on an audience that already loves you. Organize small weekend classes at the park, invite your buddies over for an afternoon of yoga, and offer private sessions to family and friends of all ages and ability levels. Ask for feedback from those you trust.

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4. Get on studio sub lists.

Talk to the studio where you practice most, start to practice at the studios where you’re interested in teaching, and ask the studio manager if you can be placed on their sub list. Tell the studio owners and the teachers that you’re available to sub and say yes to as many opportunities as possible. It’s one of the hardest things you’ll do as a new teacher, but subbing gives you great exposure and plenty of practice.

5. Head to the gym.

While it may not be your dream teaching job, gyms (especially smaller gyms) are always looking for teachers to add to their roster. You’ll also get great experience teaching a wider population at a gym without the pressure that seems to come with teaching at an established studio.

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Meagan McCrary is a 500 E-RYT and writer with a passion for helping people find more comfort, clarity, compassion, and joy on the mat and in life. She’s the author of Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga, an encyclopedia of modern yoga systems. You can find her teaching and retreat schedule, along with her latest offerings at MeaganMcCrary.com, as well as on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.