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Yoga therapist

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Yoga therapists use yoga to help people with physical issues, emotional issues or specific health problems.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

32 to 34 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become a yoga therapist

You can get into this job through:

  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

Other Routes

You could take a course in yoga therapy approved by the British Council for Yoga Therapy. To do this you'll usually need to:

  • complete a yoga teaching course of at least 200 hours
  • have at least 2 years experience of teaching yoga

You may need to show examples of recent study to prove that you can cope with the academic content of the course. An understanding of anatomy and physiology will be useful.

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Further information

You can find more details about working in yoga from the British Council for Yoga Therapy.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • leadership skills
  • 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 tasks, you could:

  • take a client's case history including their physical and emotional health and lifestyle
  • agree a personalised programme of therapy to help with issues or symptoms
  • work with clients on a one-to-one basis or in group classes
  • teach simple yoga postures to more complex moves
  • teach breathing exercises, relaxation and visualisation techniques
  • give advice on how to maintain good health and a sense of inner peace and relaxation
  • if you work freelance, market your services and do business admin

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, in a therapy clinic or at a fitness centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could teach yoga, as well as practising as a self-employed therapist.

With experience you could teach or supervise yoga therapists in training.

You could take additional training to offer other complementary therapies.

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Current opportunities

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