A Career in Yoga: Basic Facts You Will Need to Keep in Mind – Part I

After attending yoga classes for a long time, it is not uncommon for one to want to be in class every minute of every day. This idea is especially tempting for those who work for more than 40 hours a week, every week. When the stresses of your job are at their peak, it is not uncommon to wish for something better.

You might look out the window of your office and wonder just how much better life would be if you were to spend your entire day in the bliss of a yoga environment. This is how you develop the desire to spend the rest of your life doing or teaching yoga. If this is where you find yourself at the moment, then you are not alone. Most people end up pursuing a career in yoga this way.

However, there are certain things you may not have been told about pursuing such a career. This article looks at 5 things you may not know about yoga. The goal is to inform you before you turn in your resignation letter and pursue yoga full time.

Work Life Balance May Become Impossible

If you work in a 9-5 job, being a yoga teacher who manages his or her own time may seem like the best place to be in life. However, a lot of work is involved – planning the hours for classes, carrying out private training, traveling to meet investors, promoting your business, or managing accounts may be more stressful that you may imagine.

There is also the chance that your most active hours are early in the morning for those heading off to work, or late in the evening when people leave their day jobs. This is often the time when most parents get to spend time with their families. Therefore this means that you may end up sacrificing family time at the altar of seeking success in yoga.

For parents with younger children, the burden is even greater. You may not always find someone who is willing to stay with your children in those early mornings or late hours. While you will start off looking for a freer schedule and greater ability to control your time, getting any free time even to rest may soon feel impossible.

You Will Need Certification and Experience

Many yoga enthusiasts get discouraged when they learn how hard it can be getting a job in a yoga studio. Most employers look for people with RYT 200 yoga certification, a degree in health and fitness or a related field, and several years of experience. If you cannot get the first job, getting experience will be impossible.

Being a yoga enthusiast or perfecting your Vinyasa yoga poses is good, but not enough to make a yoga trainer. The mode of training that is approved by the Yoga Alliance is the 200-hour teacher training. Among the things that you ought to learn in the program include:

Teaching Methodology

Human Physiology and Anatomy

The History and Philosophy of yoga

And the traditional yoga techniques

After graduating from this program, you are then allowed to enlist with the alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

Continues in part II…

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