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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)

£18,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 37 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become a 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 like:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Teaching Yoga to Children Aged 5 to 16
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
  • Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

It may be useful if you have a background in teaching exercise.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Other Routes

You can train as a teacher by doing yoga courses with a specialist training provider.

You can also get a teaching award from The British Wheel of Yoga, the national governing body for yoga in the UK.

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Career tips

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

Professional and industry bodies

You can join organisations like the The British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance Professionals or Iyengar Yoga UK for professional development and to make contacts with other teachers.

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 a calming manner
  • 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 part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

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

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, yoga retreats, or holidays.

You may be able to train as a yoga therapist or take further qualifications to train yoga teachers.

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: 02 October 2023
  • Location: Paignton

YMCA Teaching Yoga (Practitioner) Diploma

  • Start date: 02 October 2023
  • Location: Paignton

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