Yoga For Business: How to Get Started as a Yoga Teacher

When you’re newly qualified, making the transition from yoga student to yoga teacher can definitely feel daunting. We’ve been there and we know how much of a challenge it can be. It’s natural to have doubts and when you’re teaching your first classes you might feel unsure of exactly what to say or do. Don’t worry, that will pass with time and practice. And if you want to speed that process up, follow these tips for getting started as a yoga teacher:

Create a Sequence and Get Familiar With It

When teaching your first yoga classes, come up with a yoga sequence that you already feel comfortable with. Stick with that sequence and teach it until you could do it blindfolded and back to front. Find ways to reinvent the poses and philosophy- repetition really is key here. We recommend doing this for at least 3 months because it will give you time to build confidence and get used to the logistics involved in teaching a class without having to also worry about new poses, techniques or sequences.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions

It’s really important that you get to know your students and their bodies. Ask questions about how they are doing with poses, ask if they’re comfortable and generally how their body is doing with the class. A one-size-fits-all approach will rarely work in a yoga class so don’t be afraid to open a dialogue for feedback so that you can adjust approach as and when you need to.

Also, asking questions and getting to know your students will help to make them feel comfortable and show them that you’re being your authentic self, which is exactly what yoga is all about. Remember, people are more likely to come back for you and the environment you create rather than the actual poses or the fact that you can stand on your head.

Get Yourself Out There

When starting out, it’s important to put yourself out there and spread word about your classes, otherwise how will anyone know what you have to offer. Below are the most effective ways we’ve gotten ourselves out there over the years as yoga teachers:

  • Build a portfolio: The best two options for a portfolio are either Instagram or creating a website. A portfolio will give people and studios an opportunity to see how skilled you are and what your yoga style is all about. If you want to create a website but don’t have a big budget, Wix is free.
Yoga expert teaching a group
  • Figure out where there is a gap/need in your community: Do research into local schools, workplaces, age care homes and community centres. Find out if they’re looking for a new activity and would be interested in you teaching yoga classes.
  • Community notice boards: This one is old school but still really effective. You can make up fliers (check out Canva if you want to make your own) and post them on any local noticeboards in your area.
  • Facebook groups: This is the same concept as advertising on community notice boards, except it’s the digital version. These days, a lot of communities have Facebook groups for residents. Make a post letting everyone know that you have started offering classes and encourage them to get in touch if they’re interested.
  • Substitute for other teachers: Until you build your own following, taking up a few classes as a substitute teacher is a great way to begin getting a bit of exposure within a yoga community that already exists.
  • Scope out spaces in your area: When you feel you have enough interest, you can begin making enquiries about renting a space or a studio in your area for leading your own classes.
  • Enquire with us at Yoga For Good: Sign up to teach one of our paid monthly community classes. Not only is it a paid gig, but we’ll promote your class and your teachings to our audience.

If you’d like to learn more about how to get yourself out there, you can read our previous articles in our ‘Yoga For Business’ series: How to Market your Brand and Developing your Brand Identity.

Hustle

When starting out as a yoga teacher, you have to be prepared to hustle. Get ready to face some rejection and put yourself in new (and potentially uncomfortable) situations. It’s all part of the process. And it will make you a better, more successful teacher in the long run.

Interested in teaching one of our community classes? Register here. At the Yoga For Good Foundation, it’s our goal to help others to do good through yoga. Join our community by signing up to attend our free monthly classes or keep an eye out for our next round of yoga grants opening in the future.

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22nd March 2024 12:30pm (AEDT)

Hatha Community Class with Ahimsa Helen Cushing

Ahimsadhara is an expert teacher and author in yoga for trauma survivors. After teaching War Veterans for many years, she is now focusing on international programs and further writing. In this class, she uses asanas to help with healthy breathing and as a preparation for pranayama and yoga nidra.

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22nd April 2024 12:30PM (AEST)

Dru Yoga Community Class with Angela Baker

Angela is an experienced Yogi and Dru Teacher Trainer, environmental campaigner, peace educator, and avid traveller, always seeking the best methods to promote health through Dru Yoga’s practices. Join Angela on the mat for a simple journey through energy block release, alignment with sequence, asana and mudra to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and welcoming change.

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