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What does a Yoga Teacher do?

Yoga teachers instruct people on the various stances involved in yoga, and also teach controlled breathing, meditation and visualisation.

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.

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Yoga Teacher?

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.

What does it take to become a Yoga Teacher?

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.

Yoga Teacher Career Opportunities

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 qualified yoga teachers 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 train other tutors by undertaking the BWY Diploma Course Tutor qualification.

Further information

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Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
Advice line: 08000 933300

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

Register of Exercise Professionals
3rd Floor
8-10 Crown Hill
Tel: 020 8686 6464