By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Is yoga a key part of your health and fitness routine? Are you interested in becoming a yoga instructor? Teaching is a wonderful opportunity to enrich your life, and make a difference in the lives of others. If yoga is one of your talents, consider sharing your gift, and teaching yoga professionally.

Choosing to be a yoga instructor is easier than you think. If you are a natural leader, who has been practicing yoga for years, you are a great fit for the position already. The next step, in the process, is to learn how to teach others properly. In order to do this, you must make sure that you have mastered your own positioning and alignment in the various poses. Take an advanced level class, rent or buy an advanced course on DVD, or order a book online, to make sure your skills are top notch.

Consider taking a certification class for teaching yoga. While certification isn’t legally required in the United States, Canada, and most of the world, a certification will boost your confidence. It is a credential, worthy of note, when speaking with perspective students. Minimum requirements vary from teacher to teacher, so make sure you research the certification program you want to join carefully.

Make sure your teacher is someone you respect and admire, and ask questions about the certification process. How much time is involved? What do you teach? What are the graduation requirements? The answers to these questions will help you find the program that is the best fit for you.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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