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Top 10 Secrets Every Yoga Teacher Should Know (#10 is a MUST!)

By Kim Bassan, Pretzel Kids content writer

What happens on the mat usually stays on the mat. 

But, we’re going to spill it as there are things that you MUST know about yoga teachers. So, if you can’t wait to find out everything about yoga teacher training and even meditation won’t calm you down, well then, read on to learn the top 10 secrets every yoga teacher should know. ?

Secret #1: You Don’t Have to be Flexible to Teach Yoga

Wait, what? 

Have you been wondering: Do I need to be flexible to teach yoga? Well, the answer is no. You don’t need to bend like a pretzel if you want to teach or even practice  yoga! This means yoga is for everybody and everyone can do and teach yoga!

Can Beginners Do Yoga Teacher Training?

Yes!  If everyone can do and teach yoga, this means that even a beginner can do yoga teacher training. You don’t need to have a long history of yoga practice; all you need is motivation and passion for teaching people the practice of healthy living.

How Long Should You Do Yoga Before Teacher Training?

If you have a passion for well-being and want to share it with the world, then there’s absolutely nothing that should stand between you and your dream job. While it’s helpful to have some experience, it’s not a requirement. Yoga is a lifestyle so as long as you’re committed, and have the time and money – there is generally no specific amount of training required to enroll in a teacher training course. 

Yoga teacher experience

Secret #2: You Can Teach Yoga as a Side Job to Earn Extra Money

A 200-hour yoga teacher training can get pricey and can take time (well, 200 hours to be precise) So, before you rush out and invest in yoga teacher training, it’s important to decide whether a training course is a good investment for you. Read on as we help break it down.

How Much Do Yoga Teachers Make?

There are many variables when it comes to teacher pay range. A few things to keep in mind are location, the studio, your skillset, and your ability to market your services and talents to a large demographic such as elders and kids! But it’s a pretty safe bet to say that on the low end, you’ll be earning $30-$35/hour, and on the high end, you’ll make anywhere from $75-$100 per hour. 

Is Teaching Yoga Worth It?

We can talk about the monetary vs. the spiritual rewards from teaching yoga but let’s talk business first. You can teach yoga as a full-time job but it can also be part-time or supplementary income. Teaching yoga is a flexible job that can be adjusted to your schedule and circumstances. If you are a student, a teacher, a parent or a business owner, teaching yoga can easily fit into your schedule!

Yoga teacher training

Secret #3: You Can Take Online Yoga Teacher Training

Covid-19 has proven to us all that technology is evolving at a rapid pace and so does the teacher experience. These days, you can host classes virtually and even become certified via online yoga teacher training.

Which Online Yoga Teacher Training is Best?

As with everything, there are positives and negatives. Every yoga school will have a different offer, but at the end of the day, if you like the curriculum, the schedule fits your life and it’s within your budget – welcome to your dream job!

But, if you opt to become a certified yoga instructor online, sure to take this into account: Perhaps start small and take a shorter course first. 

Can I Teach Yoga Without Certification?

Is teaching yoga without a certification even a thing?!

It is! Whereas some hiring entities require that you take a 200-hour yoga teacher training, many do not. And, if you want to teach a smaller segment of the population, you may want to consider specialty yoga training. For example, at Pretzel Kids, you can become a kids yoga instructor in less than 12 hours! What are you waiting for?!

Secret #4: You Can Teach in Global Yoga Studios, Even Online!

Oh, you’re still here? Well then, we’re pulling out the big guns ?. It’s time for some serious yoga flexing! 

Being a yoga teacher is a dream job because you can teach anywhere in the world. You can travel as an instructor from country to country or stay in your hometown. But more than that, you can travel across the globe while staying home and teaching yoga online!

How To Teach Yoga Online?

Taking your classes online is an exciting opportunity. Yes, there’s a learning curve, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Just imagine where you could be 12 months from now! Or even better, 12 hours from now.

We’re here to support you and help you figure out all the headachy tech stuff, even how to teach on Zoom in 10 minutes or less! 

Tips To Teach Yoga Virtually

We want to give you the BEST tips on how to start a side hustle teaching yoga to kids! If you want to start streaming virtual yoga classes and get the best advice for success, this blog post is your next destination.

Secret #5: You Don’t Have to Stick to a Yogi Diet and be Vegan. 

Have  you ever had the thought: “Are all yogis vegan?” Well, the answer is no. You don’t need to be a vegan/vegetarian/matcha lover/smoothie drinker to practice or teach asana. Since we’re all about exposing secrets here, then let us tell you that the only thing you need to be is YOURSELF.

The common stigma of the vegan yogi comes from the ancient yogic principles of non-harming. While you may think this means you should become vegetarian, that’s not the case. Instead, practice a healthy lifestyle and do what works best for your body, mind and soul.

Enjoy yoga pose

How to Develop Healthy Habits

Have you ever thought to yourself “That’s it! From tomorrow on, I will start from scratch”? We’ve all been there. The endless yo-yo dieting, new beginnings, following the latest exercise trend…It can get exhausting. Yet, developing healthy habits is something that we all aspire to achieve, right?

If you are ready to develop healthy habits, this is a must-read!

How to Stick to a Healthy Lifestyle

We get it, it’s hard to stick to a routine in your busy life. This is why developing a daily routine for a healthy body and mind is so important.

So, perhaps start with a simple morning mindfulness routine. You can do it! 

Secret #6: Yoga Will Benefit You Physically and Mentally

Once you have your new healthy routine in place, here’s the plot twist: Yoga has benefits that extend beyond the body that last a lifetime. It’s true! 

What Are the Benefits of Yoga?

People claim to feel happier after a yoga class, yet that’s only one of the many lasting benefits of a yoga practice. Here are some other benefits of yoga (This list isn’t mutual or exclusive.)

  • It improves strength, balance and flexibility 
  • It benefits heart health
  • Yoga helps you sleep better
  • It helps you calm down
  • It helps you deal with stress

Why Should I Practice Yoga?

Most importantly, you should practice yoga for your own well-being! Yes, it may help you become more flexible, but it’s so much more than exercise. Give it a try and see for yourself!

Secret #7: You May Want to Develop Other Self-care Practices

Once you start to experience the yoga glow, you won’t be able to resist the self-care craving that will come from within. 

For example, you might become interested in journaling, mindfulness, art as a form of self-expression and much more. 

What Are the Best Self-Care Practices?

Taking care of your own well-being isn’t just beneficial – it’s essential! You cannot pour from an empty cup; you need to fuel yourself first. So how to be happier? Check out these FREE self-care ideas.

How Mindfulness Can Help Calm Anxiety

If you want to sprinkle a bit of sparkle in your life, you should consider living mindfully. Mindfulness is an everyday practice; it’s a way of living life with awareness. Mindfulness helps you understand your emotions better, and helps you navigate through everyday stressors like school, work or an underlying trauma from the past.

Secret #8: Say Yes to Yoga Class Subbing Lists!

So you’ve finished your teacher training, now what? It’s time to get on sub lists! Not only will you help another yoga teacher out, but you may get added to the regular studio schedule! Slowly but surely, you’ll get your first job as a yoga teacher!

How to Start Teaching Yoga?

Congratulations on getting your first yoga job! If you’ve just finished your 200-hour yoga teacher training or a 12-hour marathon with Pretzel Kids, you must be wondering ‘what now?’ Because we love you, we have prepared for you a step-by-step guide on how to get hired as a yoga teacher!

How to Get Your First Yoga Job

While other people need to wear a suit and tie, you simply need to follow us and soon enough you’ll find yourself teaching a class full of students! For more guidance check this story out.

Yoga girl pose

Secret #9: Knowledge is Power

Whether you completed your teacher training two or 20 years ago, continuing education is important to stay up-to-date with the most recent trends. In addition, continuing education will expand your skills, which will open you up to a whole new market, bringing more clients to your business!

Why Should You Invest in Continuing Education as a Yoga Instructor?

Continuing education is self-care. Just like you train your body by practicing asanas, you should train your mind by acquiring more knowledge

Investing in your education also means you expand your skills and services, which will enable you to charge more. If you’re looking for a good investment, invest in yourself – the best ROI!

How to Choose the Right Continuing Education Courses? 

Here’s a biggie: Which online yoga teacher training is best? With so many options out there, it’s difficult to make the right choice! 

So, now’s the time to compare and choose the best option for you. Things to consider: the training schedule, educational content, market demand, personal interest, budget, location and more. Keep the bigger picture in mind and when in doubt – Pretzel Kids is here for you.

Ok, we promised you that number 10 is a big one. We’re not sure we’re even ready for this because number 10 basically ties everything together. Number 10 will also help you solve many of the challenges you’ve been experiencing as a yoga teacher. From teaching yoga as a beginner, developing a happier life, starting your own yoga side job or continuing your education to get more private clients! 

Are you ready for the big reveal? 

Secret #10: You Can Teach Yoga for Kids!!!

And what a blast it is! If you decide to continue your education, add a yoga side hustle or simply want to do something good for your own kids – well, this side gig is perfect for you! 

In only 12 hours from now, you could be certified to teach yoga for children! Yoga is extremely beneficial for the younger generation, plus there’s a rising demand for kids yoga instructors. Most importantly, becoming a kids yoga teacher is extremely fulfilling. If you don’t believe us, ask Mikie, one of our fav Pretzel Kids teachers!

How to Teach Yoga for Kids?

Well, we’re here to answer this burning question! If you don’t know how to teach yoga for children, it’s about time you learned! 

What Are the Benefits of Yoga for Children?

We all know that yoga is beneficial for adults, but children are no different than us. It’s even more crucial to teach yoga poses for kids so they can enjoy a life full of healthy habits

If you’re interested in learning more, check out this story to get all the details about the benefits of yoga for kids.

Shhh, we have another secret…

We just found out another juicy yoga teacher’s secret but you have to promise not to tell anybody. 

Are you ready? 

Here it is: Many teachers claim that once you go yoga, you never go back.

How Does Yoga Teacher Training Change You?

Whether you pursue teaching as a career, side job or just for fun, it will change your perspective towards life and the people around you. 

So, if you’re ready to become a yoga teacher or just want to start embedding healthy habits in your family’s life, this is your sign!

About Kim: Kim Bassan is the content intern at Pretzel Kids. She’s also a yoga teacher and a communication and publishing student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Kim is originally from Israel but moved to Canada with her family and little puppy Moana. In her free time she’s busy hiking or doing downward facing dog with Moana!

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