By Jenny Park
Some instructors think all the yoga teacher jobs are inside the studios. These days, it seems like everybody is trying yoga, which is good news for teachers of the craft, as it means instructors are not tethered to the local ashram or studio when it comes to finding work. Now don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with teaching at the local yoga studio; but let’s face it, many ashram staff rosters don’t crack the double-digit mark, but their substitute teacher list might. So, if you’re looking for yoga teacher jobs, consider some of the great non-studio opportunities below.
Corporate Yoga Teacher Jobs
Corporations are the talk of the town these days. And while the chatter isn’t always flattering, they do represent an opportunity for yoga instructors. You’d be surprised at how many companies and firms employ yoga teachers to conduct regular classes and seminars. Traditionally, corporate outfits pay well. And think about it, what better way to help affect change and bring balance and awareness to the business world than by offering yoga?
Take Yoga To The Park
There’s no law that says yoga has to be done indoors, so why not start your own outdoor class? Lots of people love practicing in Mother Nature’s living room. Just make sure you obtain the proper permits and licenses from your city or town government.
Private Yoga Teacher Jobs
For many people – and for many different reasons – the idea of practicing yoga in a group environment is terrifying. Check out Craigslist or other job-board postings; there are a lot of folks out there looking for private yoga lessons. If, however, you are not an advocate of mixing yoga business with pleasure, understand that private students often want to develop a deeper relationship with you; so make sure that is something you are willing to handle.
The Sky is the Limit
The possibilities are plentiful. In addition to the above, yoga instructors in search of work can inquire at community centers, schools, colleges and spas. Or think about working with special populations, like the elderly or physically challenged. Yoga has earned a spot in the western exercise market, now all you have to do is think outside the ashram and create yoga-teaching opportunities for yourself!
There Are More Yoga Teacher Jobs Outside Than In
Most experienced Yoga instructors already know that the bulk of teaching opportunities are outside the studios. My guess is 9 out of 10 teaching opportunities are outside the studios. But how can this be? The answer is simple – Ashrams and studios hire from within. The director or head yoga teacher is going to give every opportunity to “home grown” graduates of that studio’s yoga teacher training program. On top of that, have you ever heard of an Iyengar studio hiring a Bikram teacher?
Good luck, and as always, Namaste.
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