Becoming a Yoga Teacher in Demand
While yoga continues to grow in popularity across the country, the demand for certified yoga teachers also grows. Being a successful yoga instructor means you are fostering respect, enthusiasm, and loyalty. You know you’ve made it when students are waiting to get into your classes and you are supporting yourself financially by sharing the practice you love.
To get to be successful as a yoga instructor, you need more than an excellent training program (see Asheville Yoga Center LINK as an example). You will learn a lot just by getting out there and teaching. But in addition to actual teaching experience, here are some tips to help you move from a part-time yoga teacher to a yoga teacher who is in demand:
- Consider why people take yoga classes. As yoga goes mainstream, Americans are using the practice to find inner strength, inner balance, and harmony in their lives. If you can add small spiritual nuggets in class, you will help students connect with a higher purpose, and keep them coming back for more.
- Befriend other yoga teachers. You can learn a lot even after you become a certified yoga instructor. It is super helpful to have peers to brainstorm with and share great ideas. Find out what other teachers are doing and emulate them if it resonates with you.
- Keep up your own practice. When you thought about becoming a yoga teacher, you practiced often, exploring the asanas and your own body reactions. Don’t stop now; your daily practice will be what inspires your creativity when planning for your classes.
- Have a plan for each class, but be prepared to change it if necessary. Your regular students will know if you’re not prepared, but they also respect a teacher who can deviate from the prepared plan to delve into a specific pose in more detail. You can do this with a solid foundation. Having a theme-based class can especially help to tie in history, philosophy and asana postures.
* Keep nurturing yourself with retreats or weekend workshops. When your cup is empty, its hard to keep giving your best self.