Becoming a Yoga Instructor

How to Become a Yoga Instructor

In the recent turbulent years, there has been a significant surge in the popularity and demand for yoga instructors and yoga classes. The benefits of yoga, breathwork and meditation techniques – including stress reduction, improved flexibility, increased mindfulness, and enhanced physical fitness – have encouraged more people from all walks of life to pick up a yoga mat. The holistic nature of yoga appeals to the many people seeking a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

  1. The Role of a Yoga Instructor
  2. The Importance of Proper Training and Certification at a Registered Yoga School
  3. Benefits of Being a Yoga Instructor
  4. Requirements and Qualifications to Become a Yoga Teacher
  5. Steps to Become a Yoga Instructor
  6. Yoga Teacher Training Programs
  7. Practical Tips for Yoga Teaching Success
  8. Finding Yoga Teaching Opportunities
  9. Continuing Education and Taking Continuing Education Courses
  10. Maintaining Ethical and Professional Yoga Teacher Standards
  11. Ready to Become a Yoga Teacher?
  12. Yoga Teacher Training FAQS

The Role of a Yoga Teacher

As our society becomes more aware of the importance of self-care and well-being, the demand for qualified yoga teachers continues to rise. Yoga studios, fitness centres, gyms, wellness retreats, corporate wellness programs, and even online platforms are actively seeking skilled yoga instructors to meet the growing demand. As a certified yoga teacher you are able to start a new yoga career, or even open a yoga studio of your very own!

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The Importance of Training and Yoga Teacher Certification

Proper training and yoga teaching certification are essential for aspiring yoga instructors. While personal yoga practice and knowledge are valuable, formal yoga training from a registered yoga school provides a structured foundation and comprehensive understanding of yoga’s principles, techniques, and teaching methodologies.

Through our Santosha 200 hour yoga teacher training programs in Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online, you will acquire the necessary skills to guide students safely, effectively, and with integrity. Our trainings also cover topics such as human anatomy, physiology, sequencing, adjustments, philosophy, meditation, intro to yoga therapy, practice teaching and modifications, ensuring our graduates have the expertise to cater to various student needs.

Santosha is a registered yoga school, so for those for those beginning their yoga career you will be able to register as a certified yoga instructor upon completion of our Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka or Online yoga teacher training courses. Start teaching yoga straight away having gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence to sequence and lead classes with ease, along with gaining a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Certification.

Certification from a recognised organisation such as Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International adds credibility and increases your employability in the yoga industry. A RYT-200 yoga accreditation enhances your yoga career prospects and instills confidence in your abilities, fostering trust and credibility with your students and prospective yoga employers.

Our Santosha Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online Level 1 yoga teacher training courses are Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International accredited RYT-200 trainings – meaning you are able to become a registered yoga teacher immediately upon graduation from your online or in-person yoga studies – qualifying you to teach yoga in gyms and local studios around the world.

Benefits of Being a Yoga Teacher

Becoming a certified yoga instructor offers a myriad of personal and professional benefits. On a personal level, the journey of becoming a teacher is transformative in itself. Through deepening your own practice and immersing yourself in the study of yoga, you cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, mindfulness, and inner peace.

Santosha courses are much more than just a teacher training; they are a chance to personally transform and grow. Even if teaching is not your destiny, our intensive training will help you deepen your practice, share a unique life-changing experience, and be supported by open-hearted teachers and friends.

Professionally, being a registered yoga teacher provides opportunities for growth and flexibility. With the increasing popularity of yoga, there is a growing demand for qualified instructors in various settings, including studios, fitness centers, wellness retreats, corporate environments, and even online platforms. Many of our Santosha graduates have also gone on to start their own yoga businesses and studios!

As an instructor, you have the potential to design your own schedule and create a work-life balance that suits your needs. This flexibility allows for personal growth and the pursuit of other passions or interests. Additionally, teaching yoga can be financially rewarding, offering the potential for both full-time and part-time earning opportunities – or the chance to open your own yoga studio.

As you guide others in their own journeys, you witness the positive impact yoga has on their lives, fostering a sense of fulfilment and purpose.

Whether you choose to teach locally or internationally, the ability to share your knowledge and passion for yoga while earning a living is a rewarding aspect of yoga teaching.

Requirements and Qualifications to Become a Yoga Teacher

Becoming a yoga teacher requires a combination of training and certification; as well as important qualities and skills. Most yoga teaching jobs require 200 hours of training. Accreditation by organizations such as Yoga Alliance not only demonstrates your commitment and knowledge but also enhances your credibility as a registered yoga teacher.

In addition to formal training, important qualities and skills for a yoga teacher include communication and interpersonal skills, patience, compassion, adaptability, and a genuine passion for yoga.

Being able to connect with students, create a safe and supportive environment, and modify practices for individual needs are vital aspects of being a successful yoga teacher.

Steps to Become a Yoga Instructor

To become a yoga teacher involves several key steps.

Step 1 is to develop a personal yoga practice, as a solid foundation in your own practice will deepen your understanding and enhance your teaching abilities.

Step 2 is to research and choose a yoga teacher training program that aligns with your goals and interests. There are various programs available, so it’s important to consider factors such as the program’s curriculum, reputation, accreditation, and location.

Step 3 is to enrol in a yoga teacher training program that meets your criteria. This immersive training program will provide you with in-depth knowledge of yoga philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and practical skills.

Step 4 involves completing the training program and earning your yoga certification. This demonstrates your competence and dedication as a yoga teacher.

Finally, Step 5 is to continue learning and deepening your practice even after certification. Ongoing education, attending workshops, and exploring different aspects of yoga will help you grow as a teacher and provide valuable insights for your students.

Yoga Teacher Training Programs

There are various types of yoga teacher training programs available to suit different needs and preferences. Some programs focus on specific styles of yoga, such as Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga, or Kundalini Yoga.

To start out as a yoga teacher, you will be looking for a comprehensive 200-hour program to start your teaching journey, such as our Santosha 200-hour yoga teacher training in Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online.

At Santosha we teach an authentic ‘vini’ flow style of yoga, which connects traditional Hatha postures in short, flowing Vinyasa sequences. This draws on the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage, a therapeutic and holistic approach to teaching which creates healing and well-being in mind, body, and breath.

Additionally, you can find programs that cater to different levels, from beginner to advanced, and covering additional specialiazation in areas like prenatal yoga, therapeutic yoga, or meditation.

As our gift to you all our Level 1 200 Hour yoga teacher trainees also receive one free short online course – your choice of Yin Yoga, Pre + Post Natal Yoga, Meditation or Kids + Teens Yoga – to add to your skills and increase your options upon graduation with extra in-demand modalities.


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Practical Tips for Success in your Yoga Teaching Career

To succeed as a yoga teacher, it’s important to find a niche that resonates with your personality, interests and values. Find your authentic voice and approach to yoga instruction by drawing inspiration from your own practice and experiences. Additionally, consider building a personal brand that reflects your teaching style and values.

Create a compelling online presence through a website or social media platforms to showcase your expertise, share valuable content, and connect with potential students. By cultivating a strong teaching style and building a personal brand, you can differentiate yourself in the yoga industry and find the right students who resonate with you.

Effective communication is crucial for a yoga teacher to guide students through their practice and create a supportive environment. On our 200 hour teacher training course you will develop clear and concise verbal cues to help students understand and execute yoga poses correctly.

Additionally, focus on developing interpersonal skills to build rapport with your students. Show empathy, listen actively, and provide individual attention when needed. Creating a safe and inclusive space through effective communication and interpersonal skills can foster trust and enhance the overall yoga experience for your students.

Building a supportive network and connecting with the yoga community can be beneficial for both personal and professional growth. Attend yoga workshops, retreats, and conferences to expand your knowledge, learn from experienced teachers, and connect with fellow teachers.

Additionally, consider establishing relationships with local studios, gyms, or wellness centers to explore teaching opportunities and expand your network. Building a supportive network and connecting with the yoga community not only provides opportunities for collaboration and learning but also helps to create a sense of belonging and support in your yoga journey.

The more people who know you are a trained yoga teacher, the more opportunities there are for them to help find you a job! You never know who may be in a position to help you, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there 🙂

Finding Yoga Teaching Opportunities

Finding teaching opportunities as a yoga teacher can open up doors for sharing your passion and expertise with a wider audience. Here are a few avenues to explore:

  • Yoga studios and fitness centres
    Studios, gyms and fitness centres are often the go-to places for yoga practitioners. Reach out to local studios and inquire about teaching opportunities; like any job turn up well put together with a neatly presented yoga CV. Often yoga teachers will need a cover for their yoga class, so make sure your studio knows you are a trained and certified yoga teacher!
  • Corporate wellness programs and retreats
    Corporate wellness programs are increasingly recognizing the benefits of yoga for employee well-being. Research local businesses or organizations that offer wellness initiatives and inquire about teaching a yoga class for their employees. Additionally, retreats and wellness centers often look for experienced yoga teachers to lead sessions in serene and immersive settings. or private yoga classes for their guests. Think outside the box, Santosha graduates have gained yoga teaching gigs in golf clubs, prisons and ski resorts!
  • Community centers, schools, and universities
    Community centers, schools, and universities are excellent platforms to introduce yoga to diverse populations. Offer your services as a yoga instructor to community centers, after-school programs, or adult education centers. Explore opportunities to teach yoga at universities through wellness programs, sports clubs, or student organizations.
  • Online platforms and social media presence
    With the rise of online platforms, you can reach a global audience from the comfort of your own space. Create online yoga classes, tutorials, or guided meditations and share them on platforms like YouTube or specialized yoga websites. Build a strong social media presence to connect with potential students, share your teachings, and collaborate with other influencers in the yoga community.
  • Make your own teaching opportunities!
    Sometimes the easiest way to make something happen is to start it yourself! Many local halls are available for rent very cheaply by the hour, meaning you can run your own yoga classes and start to create and nurture your very own yoga community. As a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher you will be able to organise the insurance needed to run yoga classes and start your own self-made yoga career.

Remember, persistence and networking are key when seeking teaching opportunities. Like anything, a lil bit of hustle will get you a long way! Stay proactive, visit and become known at your local studios, and build relationships with fellow yoga teachers and studio owners. By exploring these avenues, you can find a variety of teaching opportunities to expand your reach and make a positive impact through yoga.

Read More: Three Key Tips on Getting Your First Yoga Job

Continuing Yoga Education and Continuing Education Courses

Continuing education and professional and personal development are essential for yoga teachers to enhance their skills, stay updated with current trends, and deepen their knowledge. Here are some key points to consider:

Staying updated with current trends and research allows yoga teachers to offer the latest insights and practices to their students. The field of yoga is continuously evolving, with new information and scientific research emerging. By staying informed, instructors can provide well-rounded and evidence-based teachings, ensuring their students receive the most beneficial and up-to-date information.

Exploring advanced yoga training and specialized certifications can significantly expand an instructor’s expertise. Advanced training programs delve deeper into specific aspects of yoga, such as therapeutic yoga, prenatal yoga, or yoga for athletes. By acquiring specialized certifications, instructors can cater to diverse populations and address specific needs, establishing themselves as experts in their chosen fields.

Santosha Yoga Institute offer an extensive collection of continuing education courses for our teacher trainees and graduates – including online courses and face to face learning in Bali and Byron Bay.

Find out more about why Santosha Yoga Institute is such a highly-rated online Yoga Teacher Training experience on The Yogatique!

All our 200 Hour yoga teacher trainees immediately receive one free short online course – a choice of Yoga Alliance Certified YACEP Yin Yoga, Pre + Post Natal Yoga, Meditation or Kids + Teens Yoga courses – to add to their skills and increase their options upon graduation with extra in-demand modalities.

As well as the above course we also offer an Online Yoga Therapy and in-person Byron Bay Yoga Therapy course, Online Yoga Nidra and in-person Bali Yoga Nidra training course and online Ayurveda training.

Engaging in continuing education not only benefits instructors but also enhances the learning experience for their students. By continually expanding their knowledge and skill set, instructors can offer a more comprehensive and enriching practice, ensuring their students receive the highest quality of instruction.

Maintaining Ethical and Professional Standards for Yoga Teachers

Maintaining ethical and professional standards is of utmost importance for yoga teachers. Here are some key aspects to consider:

Understanding the responsibility of a yoga instructor involves recognizing the significant impact they have on students’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Instructors should prioritize the safety and welfare of their students, ensuring they provide accurate and appropriate guidance while respecting individual limitations and abilities. They should also uphold the values of yoga, such as compassion, integrity, and non-harming, in their teachings and interactions.

Cultivating a safe and inclusive yoga environment is essential for creating a welcoming space for all students. Yoga instructors should strive to create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable, respected, and accepted, regardless of their age, body type, or background. This includes promoting body positivity, offering modifications and alternatives, and being mindful of cultural sensitivities.

Read More: Yoga is For All!

Respecting students’ boundaries and privacy is crucial. Always seek consent before offering physical adjustments or personal feedback, allowing students to opt-out if they prefer. Additionally, instructors should handle students’ personal information with utmost confidentiality and refrain from discussing their personal matters outside of the appropriate professional context.

By adhering to these ethical and professional standards, yoga teachers can create a safe and nurturing environment that supports the well-being of their students. This not only fosters trust and respect but also upholds the true essence and spirit of yoga, allowing students to fully experience the transformative power of their yoga practice.

Ready to Become a Yoga Teacher?

In conclusion, starting your own journey as a yoga teacher is an enriching and fulfilling journey that offers a multitude of personal and professional benefits.

By following key steps, such as developing a personal practice, enrolling in a reputable teacher training program, and earning certification, aspiring instructors can embark on a path towards sharing their passion for yoga with others.

So, if you have a passion for yoga, don’t hesitate to pursue your dream of becoming a yoga instructor and experience the transformative power it can have on yourself and others!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online 200-Hour Yoga Courses

How proficient do I need to be at yoga to join the Santosha YTT?

During the Level 1 RYT-200 program you will practice yoga (yoga asanas) every morning. We recommend that students have some form of asana practice and are comfortable practicing daily. An advanced practitioner is not necessarily one who can move deeply into advanced yoga poses; it is someone who comes to the yoga mat with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn, and an appreciation of the limits of their own body.

This course is not only meant for aspiring yoga instructors. It’s also for people who want to take their practice to a deeper level and share an incredible experience with like-minded souls.

Will I be accepted into the Santosha YTT?

Yes, we believe that all people are deserving of changing their lives! Subsequently, the only prerequisite is a sincere desire in your heart to transform and grow. If you are ready to dedicate yourself with an open heart and mind to study and practice during your time with us, we would love to have you join us – in Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka or Online.

I don’t want to be a teacher – is this course for me?

Yes, absolutely! We love having passionate yogis join us; even if teaching is not your goal this is still a very special experience to go deeper into the magic that is yoga! Santosha courses are much more than just teacher trainings; they are a chance to personally transform and grow. Even if yoga teaching is not your goal, this course will help you deepen your yoga practice, share a unique transformational experience, and be supported by open-hearted mentors and friends. If you want to transform your mind, body, and life then this course is for you!

I do want to be a yoga teacher – is this course for me?

Yes, if you want to teach yoga this is the training course for you! The Santosha Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka and Online Level 1 200-Hour YTT is a Yoga Alliance / Yoga Alliance International accredited RYT-200 training – meaning you will learn the skills and teaching experience to gain your certification and register as a RYT-200 yoga instructor immediately upon graduation from your Bali, Byron Bay, Sri Lanka or Online studies – qualifying you to teach in gyms and studios around the world.

When will I be ready to teach yoga after the YTT?

You will be ready to teach straight away once you graduate, having gained the in depth understanding, skills, teaching experience, and confidence to sequence and lead yoga classes with ease! Many of our graduates are teaching yoga online and in person all around the world.

Can I join even if I have injuries or am not that flexible?

At Santosha, we believe that yoga is for everybody and all bodies; and therefore we teach safe and sustainable practices for all yogis. You don’t need a perfect, injury-free body to be a teacher, or to join our course. Instructors who have had injuries themselves are often better at being aware of students’ limitations with flexibility or mobility and keeping them safe.

Can I join the course even if I feel nervous about teaching?

Yes, of course! It’s normal to feel hesitant about starting something new. Many of our students come into the feeling fear of teaching, public speaking, or doing something new. We take care to create a supportive and accepting space like no other you have experienced. As a trainee teacher, we’ll work with you where you’re at to help you build the confidence and skills you’ll need to share what you have learned (if that’s your goal).

I am older and cannot do all the postures. Can I still join you?

At Santosha, we believe that yoga is for everybody and all bodies – and that your practice should meet you where you are at. It’s no problem if you cannot access certain poses. There is no age barrier to accessing the incredible benefits of yoga practices and sharing them with others through yoga teaching! We are getting an increasing number of students joining us in their 50s, 60s, and beyond on the YTT and stepping up to teach yoga – and we hope to see more!

I feel a bit nervous! Should I Still Do It?

Yes! This probably means you are ready to step into something new but you just need that extra encouragement to make the next brave step. We are here to offer this to you! You are welcome to email or WhatsApp us and let us know about anything standing in the way of following your dreams, and we can happily provide extra support – both before and during your time with us on the YTT – in a way that best suits YOUR individual nature and strengths.

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