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Yoga teacher

Alternative titles for this job include Yoga instructor

Yoga teachers teach yoga as a form of exercise to increase fitness and wellbeing.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

24 to 37 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become Yoga teacher

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You can do a yoga teaching qualification at college or in a community learning centre. 

Courses include:

  • teaching yoga to children aged 5 to 16
  • yoga teaching
  • teaching gentle years yoga (for those working with older adults)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Other Routes

You can train as a yoga teacher by taking courses with a professional body, for example:

Some knowledge of anatomy and physiology will be useful.

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Career tips

You'll usually need at least 2 to 3 years' experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher to teach it yourself.

You may find it helpful if you have a background in teaching exercise and fitness.

Further information

You can find out more about teaching yoga from:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a yoga teacher, you could:

  • design course and lesson plans to suit different abilities
  • teach simple and complex yoga positions
  • adapt positions for conditions like pregnancy or arthritis
  • teach breathing techniques
  • assess students and review your own courses and teaching skills
  • market your classes and do business admin tasks, if you're self-employed

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a health centre.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could run your own yoga workshops or yoga retreats.

You might also:

  • train as a yoga therapist
  • specialise in working with particular age groups
  • take further qualifications to train and mentor new yoga teachers
  • combine yoga teaching with teaching other fitness classes

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

YMCA Teaching Yoga (Practitioner) Diploma

  • Start date: 30 September 2024
  • Location: Paignton

YMCA Teaching Yoga (Practitioner) Diploma

  • Start date: 01 October 2024
  • Location: Paignton

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