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How to Become a Yoga Teacher Trainer

By Thena Franssen, contributing writer

Interested in learning how to become a yoga teacher trainer? There are so many ways that you can learn to make a living as a yoga instructor! 

Teaching yoga is a great way to connect with others in a positive and healthy way. And, if you pick the best yoga teacher certification course, you may even be able to create a lucrative new income stream teaching others yoga, or becoming a yoga teacher trainer.

To learn more about how to become a yoga teacher trainer, let’s dig into what this entails and how you can get started.

What Does a Yoga Teacher Trainer Do?

A yoga teacher trainer is just as it sounds. You get to teach people how to become a yoga teachers. This might entail leading weekend courses for wanna-be yoga teachers, assisting other lead teacher trainers in a lengthy 200-hour RYT course, or maybe teaching a segment of a 300-hour TT course. Getting the chance to help and guide others who want to teach yoga in the future is all part of being a yoga trainer and a yoga teacher. 

The really fun aspect of teaching yoga and leading trainings is that you’re also always learning and the job changes all the time. One day you might be training in a group setting and the next day you might be giving individual yoga lessons at someone’s home. And let’s not forget all the opportunities to teach people online right now on Zoom and in other virtual settings. 

How Do I Become a Yoga Teacher Trainer?

If you want to know how to become a yoga teacher trainer, there are a few ways to go about this process. 

For starters, you’ll likely have to become a certified yoga teacher, and you may need to meet requirements for a particular Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT or 300-hour RYT. The requirements may be more stringent than if you simply plan to teach a yoga class at a gym.

From a wanna-be yoga teacher perspective, they may be more inclined to train under you if you have a wealth of experience teaching yoga and if you yourself are an experienced RYT (E-RYT). You may also be able to command a higher price for your training if you have great references from other yoga teachers who have trained in your program. 

Here’s the low-down on what to consider when becoming a registered yoga teacher either online or in-person. 

Do You Need A Yoga Alliance RYT Certification?

The bottom line: Being a member of the Yoga Alliance doesn’t necessarily make you a better yoga teacher trainer. But is it helpful to be a certified yoga instructor? Absolutely. 

When you take the time to become certified in yoga, you’re showing your students and those who are interested in training with you are serious about teaching yoga.

Being certified a yoga instructor is also a great indicator to your students that you’re dedicated and trustworthy to giving them the best yoga training and experience possible. Also, if you’re going to become a kids yoga teacher, a training certificate can be essential.

Before enrolling in a training program, here are some questions to ask yourself so that you can make the best decision.

Is Online Yoga Teacher Training Worth It?

I think 2020 and 2021 has proven that things can change on a dime. It’s also shown us that expanding into the online yoga training world can open up so many doors

Yoga no longer has to just be taught in your hometown or area. Teaching yoga online gives you the availability to reach anyone, anywhere in the world and share your love of yoga.

This also means that you can lead online yoga teacher training courses – with just some simple tech integrations. Since you don’t have to worry about overhead costs, like opening a yoga studio, there is a high probability that you’ll earn more money teaching yoga virtually.

How Do I Choose the Right Yoga Teacher Training Program?

You need to take your time and choose the best yoga training program for you. Believe it or not, there is no one-size-fits-all program. 

There are 100-hour courses, 200-hour programs, and even advanced 300-hour teacher trainings. You can also choose a faster, less expensive route if you just want to teach yoga to children.

Skills Needed To Train Yoga Teachers

Keep in mind that to find success as a yoga trainer there are a few skills that you’ll want to have. This list of skills will help you connect better with your students and create a positive yoga experience. Take a look:

Patience

Not everyone who signs up for your teacher training will be an experienced yogi. That’s okay, and never a bad thing. This just means that you’ll need patience to help these students absorb the information and learn. 

Understand that many students enrolled in a teacher training in order to learn more about yoga or how to deepen their practice. Many have no interest in teaching yoga to others. Having patience will serve you well in providing the best yoga experience for your clients. 

Flexibility

This is key – literally and figuratively. You need to be able to walk the walk to show people how to do the asanas, but you also need to have a flexible schedule as many teacher training courses run during the evenings or on weekends. 

Yoga Experience

Having experience both practicing yoga and teaching will serve you and your students well. For example, have you practiced yoga for 20 years to help improve your mental health? You may want to discuss this experience and turn it into a teaching moment!

How Much Does a Yoga Teacher Trainer Make?

The amount you can earn will vary depending on your level of yoga knowledge, where the training is held, and how much money you can demand. If you’re certified as a yoga instructor, you can charge more. If you’re not certified and are assisting a teacher trainer, you’ll likely make much less money – perhaps a low hourly rate just so you can get more experience.  

Keep in mind that you have the ability to make as much or as little as you want when you’re teaching yoga. One good way to maximize your income is to have a yoga niche that sets you apart from all the other yoga teacher trainers in your community. 

For example, if you are certified through a reputable branded kids yoga company, like Pretzel Kids, you may be able to work with the company you trained under to lead certification courses in your community. This, in turn, can help you fill the training – meaning you’ll likely earn more money than if you tried to do it on your own.   

Are You Ready to Become a Professional Yoga Teacher Trainer?

Your success is going to depend on YOU. 

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what you want to invest into your future yoga business. If you’re looking at this as more of a side gig, that’s great too. Nothing wrong with earning extra income as a yoga teacher trainer. But if you want to lead yoga teacher trainings full time, becoming a professional yoga teacher trainer is a great way to make that happen.

Are you ready to become a yoga teacher trainer? You’ve got this ?.

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