options for Yoga teachersBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Are there any real options for Yoga teachers? When, or if, you decide to become a Yoga teacher, you should start with a Hatha Yoga teacher training course that gives you an overview of all of the Yogic fields. If you decide to specialize, it is best to do it when the need becomes apparent. This is not always the case for every instructor. For example: You may have a calling for Prenatal or Kids Yoga.

This is fine – as Yoga instructors, and practitioners, we all understand passion. However, please make sure there is a market for the teaching niche you desire in your local area. After you get your “feet wet,” teaching Yoga to different groups, you will more accurately see your own destiny.

This may not happen right away, and some instructors are very comfortable working with the “general population.” When I look at my weekly schedule, I teach children, seniors with various levels of mobility, gentle classes to a targeted middle aged group, Restorative classes (which also attract students in the middle-aged range), Vinyasa classes to students who are usually in the 20 to 30 years of age range, and private sessions, which can cover just about anything.

To be honest, this is not for everyone, but if you teach full time, you tend to go where the needs are. Students will seek you out, and you may have a specialized market that “screams” for your help. This will guide you toward a needful population of motivated students.

This is exactly what happened to me with Chair Yoga. When I received a call from a local senior center for Yoga classes, I had no idea it would become so popular. That led to filling up my morning class schedule, Later, I trained instructors, in my area, to address a need that is far beyond my ability to fulfill. The fact is, more Chair Yoga teachers are needed right now.

In our next section, we will go over some options for teachers, who have students, or potential students, seeking a specific form of instruction. Some of these niche markets will give you no passion at all, but it is good to look at your teaching options and then decide which sort of Yoga training you want to get involved in.

Always remember to keep an eye on which forms of Yogic methodology are in demand, even though they may not appeal to you personally.The old thinking was that the only options for Yoga teachers were to work for a studio and stay on a sub-list for years until you became a regular teacher. The point behind this series of articles is for you to see options now and not wait around for years hoping for a teaching opportunity that was there all along.


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