truth about your teaching optionsBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

What is the truth about teaching Yoga? What are your options? One point to understand is 90% of the teaching positions are not in the Yoga studios. Many teachers are doing quite well in niches. At the same time, the truth is: If you have the courage to work in front of a camera, please feel free to contact me. We will gladly share quality information from our Facebook and many other social media platforms. Seriously! The truth is many students are practicing online and you can build your reputation worldwide. Now, lets look ay hybrids and styles.

Yoga Hybrids: It could be argued that Pilates is a Yoga hybrid. I don’t want to start a big debate over the Pilates Method. The founder, Joseph Pilates, was truly an innovator and way ahead of his time; he also practiced Yogic methodology and martial arts. Therefore, the roots of the Pilates Method are still clear to see.

Many of the Yogic hybrids are combinations of Yogic methodology and dance, martial arts, or Pilates. If you were to pursue these a bit further you could “re-invent the wheel” or become certified to teach Kripalu DansKinetics, The Method, Yoga Fusion, Yogilates, or Nia.

All of these Yogic hybrids are very active and trendy at this time. Some of them may well pass the test of time, such as the Pilates Method. Only time will tell if a health maintenance system will span generations. If you are looking for an extra niche to add to your teaching skills, any one of these methods will compliment a class schedule.

Chair Yoga: There are some teachers who should not consider this field. If a Yoga instructor does not believe in modifications, props, and tailoring a class toward the students, he or she should stay away from this rewarding field.

There is a tremendously large demand for teachers, who are patient, compassionate, creative, and want to help others. This is a Yoga teaching position which demands that you learn about ailments, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and physiology, on a steady basis. Continuing education is a very important part of a teacher’s job.

As the Baby Boom generation continues to age, this “spells out” job security for instructors who wish to specialize in teaching classes with a chair as the main prop. There is no better time than right now to get started, and Chair Yoga will continue to be in need for decades to come. Unfortunately, I do not have enough time for the demand for all of the chair based classes in my little corner of New England.

In the past, I have trained teachers to specialize in this field. The demand to fill the local needs of nursing homes, seniors centers, senior living developments, gated communities, assisted living, adult day care, and physical rehabilitation centers, is far greater than the number of teachers. This is just the “tip of the iceberg,” and my mornings are full with teaching chair based sessions in the Greater Providence area.

Lastly, the current teaching opportunities are many, and this particular field is still in its infancy. You will never find a more appreciative group of students, than you will find by teaching a chair based class. So, one more truth is the chair will be here to stay as a prop.


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