Thinking of Leaving Your Corporate Job to Teach Yoga?

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As an alternative career path for corporate executives, teaching yoga is a more beautiful and spiritual way to make a respectable living. But it’s not easy. It’s scary. Trying to start over after being comfortable at your regular job for so long takes commitment, energy, consistency, and passion. And it’s more than standing on your head or achieving a list of poses for a paycheck. It’s about making a genuine difference—not only in your life but in the life of others. So, if you’re thinking of taking the leap, we thought we could help with some basic Q&A’s. Take a look below!


How much does yoga teacher training cost?

The cost for training varies on the yoga type, the yogi who’s teaching it, and where the program is located. But, after some research, we can tell you that the average cost of 200-hour training (the usual) ranges between $2,000 to $3,000. Before you jump off the corporate wagon, consider the price as a necessary part of your decision process.


Should you teach full classes or private students?

If you’d rather spend extensive one-on-one time with a student than teach a room full of students, keep in mind that private lessons are said to cost more, which in turn earns the instructors more. Holding classes in your home or a rented space will also prevent you from losing a significant chunk of fees to an accredited studio. Basically, when you get an opportunity to teach, teach! Especially in the beginning of your yoga career.


Will you make enough to stay afloat?

The Huffington Post says, “A new teacher will likely make $25 per yoga class in an urban gym or studio,” while experienced instructors can work their way up to $50 per class (not too shabby). Ultimately, it depends on techniques, movements, and if classes are being held in a studio or one-on-one setting (or both). Teaching at a studio and then privately on the side can definitely allow you to live comfortably.


Is it worth working evenings and/or weekends?

A number of yogis have said the same thing: When you start out, you’ll probably want to take each and every teaching gig you can get. That includes teaching at 6 a.m., 6 p.m., or even classes that don’t end until 10 p.m. You can say that this schedule will be opposite of your ol’ 9-5, but maybe that’s good. Think about it: no rush hour traffic, no cubicles, no sitting at your desk for long periods of time. So, yes, we’d say it’s worth it. Even if the hours are a little crazy.

The good outweighs the bad when it comes to teaching yoga. Sure, you’ll set a new limit of patience, you’ll have to start from scratch, and you may not earn as much as you did in your last role. But, the students you meet, the classes you teach, and the community that’ll surround you are the cherries atop your sundae. If you have any tips or words of wisdom for those transitioning from executive to yogi, please share them in the comment section below!

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