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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Yoga Teacher. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Yoga Teacher
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Yoga Teacher Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Yoga teachers teach people the ancient art of yoga, a series of physical exercises and controlled breathing, in order to promote their good health and a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Yoga is a form of exercise involving three components: the first, a series of postures, known as asanas, which stretch and tone muscles, joints and the spine; the second, called pranayama, or breathing exercises, to help induce a feeling of calm and relaxation; the third involves relaxation and meditation to encourage positive thinking, increased clarity, mental power and concentration.

There are many different styles of yoga, the most common taught in the UK being Integral, Ashtanga, Viniyoga and Iyengar. They vary in physical intensity and complexity.

Yoga can be taught either as a form of exercise, to increase physical fitness and suppleness, or as a therapy to combat or control disease and ill-health.

As a form of exercise, yoga can help to:

  • maintain fitness, suppleness and muscle tone
  • strengthen the bodys own self-healing powers
  • energise both body and mind
  • reduce stress
  • improve concentration and clarity
  • control and calm the mind.

Hours and Environment

Yoga teachers usually work indoors in places such as sports centres, health studios, and leisure centres. There are no set working hours - weekend and evening work is common. Practitioners may work at several centres, therefore a driving licence would be an advantage.

Very little equipment is needed, other than a non-slip mat for safety.

Skills and Interests

As a yoga teacher, you should:

  • be trained and experienced in yoga practice
  • have a high standard of physical fitness
  • be patient, caring and interested in people
  • be able to motivate individuals and groups
  • have good verbal communication skills
  • be aware of the risks to individuals in exercising.


The governing body for yoga in the UK is the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). They run a Yoga Teacher's Diploma that prepares students for work as yoga teachers in the leisure industry. No academic qualifications are required for entry. Entrants should have been practising yoga with a qualified teacher for at least two years.

A Foundation course is available it is not a prerequisite for entry onto the teacher training course but it is a useful preparation for those wishing to train as a yoga teacher. Students should also be a BWY member.

The BWY also recognises a number of other teacher training courses run by other yoga organisations as being the equivalent standard of their own diploma. Please contact BWY for details.

There is no upper age limit and mature entrants are welcome.


The Yoga Teacher's Diploma consists of four units: Anatomy and Physiology, Stress and Relaxation, Yoga Philosophy, Health and Safety in Teaching and Practical Aspects of Teaching Yoga Postures. Continual assessment is made with both practical and written assignments undertaken throughout each unit.

The Diploma can take between two to four years to complete. It comprises 200 hours' training and 300 hours' study time.

Once qualified, teachers have to attend at least one qualifying In-Service Training Day per year in order to keep their qualification up to date. Teachers should hold a current First Aid Certificate.


There is a growing demand for yoga teachers in sports and leisure centres, health clubs and community centres. Employers include local authorities, private health clubs and corporate organisations. Most yoga teachers work part-time and are self-employed.

Some yoga teachers undertake further training to become yoga therapists.

There are also opportunities for yoga teachers, once qualified, to undertake further specialist training on BWY modules. Specialist areas include Yoga in Pregnancy, Yoga for Children, Teaching Yoga in Prisons, Pranayama and Philosophy. There are also opportunities to move into training in order to become tutors on the Diploma and Foundation courses.

Annual Income

The annual income section is only a guide.

There are no set salary rates as most yoga teachers are self-employed. Annual income will vary considerably depending of which area of the country the teacher is situated, the number of sessions taught and type of organisation for whom they are running classes.

As a very general guide income can vary from £10 - £15 a session when working for local authority, going up to £50 a session for a corporate organisation.

Further information

British Wheel of Yoga
25 Jermyn Street
NG34 7RU
Tel: 01529 306 851

Other Useful Yoga Teacher Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Yoga Teacher job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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