What are the steps to become a yoga instructor?

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Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. Yoga practice integrates breathing exercises, meditation and poses which are designed to boost relaxation and help in the reduction of stress. There are certain proven mental, emotional, and physical health that comes with Yoga. If you are fervent in helping others to attain physical, emotional, and mental well-being and enjoy the art of yoga practice, then a certified yoga instructor can be a very gratifying career for you.

 How to become a yoga instructor?

An experienced yoga teacher leads the students through the practice of yoga by helping them learn different yoga poses in the right way. The Yoga gurus may also offer their students added instructions in areas namely the yogic philosophy, meditation and other deep breathing techniques. A well-trained yoga teacher can impart their knowledge in Yoga through group classes, workshops and one-on-one personal Yoga training sessions online and offline. At times becoming a certified Yoga instructor may seem like a daunting journey, but the amount of time required to become a well-trained yoga teacher depends on your commitment level and aspirations. Getting the yoga instructor certification is a rewarding job, apart from the job satisfaction the yoga instructor profile provides, it also helps in your well-being and personal growth. 

Before enrolling on a yoga instructor course, study and learn about the different methods of yoga and the areas you want to concentrate on, later you can do an advanced course on Yoga which will help you in specialisations on the Yoga genres namely, Kids Yoga, Prenatal yoga, senior yoga, and more.

When it comes to the salary of a yoga teacher, it entirely depends on the experience, the level of training undergone by them, the kinds of classes they teach, and the geographic location. Reportedly, a yoga instructor in the United Arab Emirates normally earns around 17,700 AED per month, in the UK it is £24 net per hour, $31.14 per hour in the United States, and can vary depending on the geographic location you are planning to start teaching.

Before you start with your journey as a Yoga instructor, you should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Yoga and the practice levels. As there are many different styles of yoga, you should decide on the type of yoga practice that is best suited as per your personal preferences. Different Yoga styles include vinyasa, ashtanga, Bikram and Hatha. Choosing a yoga guru as your mentor and taking you to the entire yoga journey is imperative.

Post that you should decide on the registered yoga schools where you want to embark on your journey as a yoga instructor. The Yoga teacher training programs are provided at two different levels. The first level is a 200-hour certification program and the second one is a 500-hour certification program. Make sure the training programs are registered and affiliated.

The registered yoga teacher certification course is an internationally recognized credential that proves that you have met the minimum standards of yoga training established by the Yoga Alliance. For that, you will need to complete at least the 200-hour level registered yoga school training program. If you want to pursue a career in the fitness sector, you need to be trained and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation which is known as “CPR.”

Later decide on the areas you want to concentrate on and the type of yoga instructor you want to become. You can start providing yoga classes and events within your home or community to your friends, family and other connections. Remember to charge a fee while hosting these classes. You can also kick off your career as a Yoga instructor by starting to teach at local yoga studios, gyms or other fitness facilities.

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