Did you know that yoga was developed over 5,000 years ago? That’s right; if you love yoga, you’re involved in a practice that’s older than many countries.
If you want to share your passion for yoga with others, have you considered becoming a yoga instructor? It’s the logical next step, right?
We’re here to talk about all of the reasons that becoming a yoga instructor might be the right choice for you. Read on to learn more.
1. You’ll Improve Your Own Practice
No one decides to become a yoga instructor if they don’t already have a passion for yoga. If you’re passionate and you’ve been looking for new ways to elevate your practice, this might be just the ticket.
When you decide to start teaching yoga, you commit to learning just as much as you’re teaching. You’re going to learn new styles of yoga, learn all about breathwork (check out this online training for more details), and even learn more about yourself.
As you teach others, you’ll gain more strength, more flexibility, and more. You’ll have plenty of time to devote to your practice that you wouldn’t have otherwise had (and you’ll have extra motivation to continue).
2. You’ll Make Money Doing Something That You Love
How many people get to say that they love what they do for work? For most people, that’s a pipe dream. Many people who do get into a field doing what they love for work don’t often get to do it in the way that they’d imagined.
When you run your own yoga class, you get to do it exactly as you like. If you get bored of a certain style of yoga, you can change things up so you keep the classes interesting for yourself.
You get to stay tuned in and engaged. You’ll always be learning new things, so the excitement shouldn’t fade as much as it would with other jobs.
3. You’ll Meet Likeminded People
When you teach yoga classes, you’ll be exposed to people who share the same passion as you: yoga! Even those who aren’t super passionate about their yoga practice will clearly have a strong interest in fitness and health. How often do people get to only work with clients who have something in common with them?
Many yoga instructors form strong bonds with the people that they teach. They make new friends when they get clients who keep coming back every week.
You’ll also get to make friends with other local instructors in the yoga (and fitness) community. Yoga instructors within the same city often form friendships and exchange ideas (and sometimes classes) between studios.
You can even move your friendship search online. There are plenty of yoga teachers around the world who love to communicate with each other and share new information. You’ll get a worldwide community!
4. You’ll Be Doing Something Meaningful
Does your current job feel meaningful or fulfilling? If not, becoming a yoga instructor might be a good move for you.
Teaching a fitness-related class might not seem meaningful on the surface, but you can make a real difference in your life. When people start learning yoga, they often go through a complete mental and physical shift.
Yoga teaches mindfulness. Many people use yoga to improve their mental health, so you may be meeting them during a challenging point in their lives. You’re going to be one of the people who makes a difference.
Even people who only use yoga for their physical health will be appreciative of what you do for them. You might be helping people who’ve never focused on their health before, people with joint pain, and more.
You’ll feel fulfilled as you see people move through their personal yoga journies.
5. You’ll Have Flexibility
Yoga doesn’t just give you physical flexibility. When you teach yoga, you also have career flexibility.
Most yoga instructors also have “day jobs” for their normal careers. Teaching yoga is a great way to get extra income doing something that you were already going to do at home on your own anyway. You have the flexibility to teach as many (or as few) classes as you like and they can work around your schedule.
You could even hold online classes through a video chat client so you don’t even have to leave the house.
You could also turn your yoga practice into a full-time job if you have enough clients. Consider renting a studio space with another local instructor to offset some of the cost (and offer more hours).
6. You’ll Have the Motivation to Stay Fit and Healthy
Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to stay on top of your health? We’ve all been there. Sometimes going to the gym sounds great, but often it feels like a chore to even stretch in the morning.
When you teach yoga, you have extra motivation to stay physically fit. You have a duty to your students to continue learning and improving.
When you teach yoga, you get a workout during every class! Teach multiple classes per day (or even per week), and you’ll be in the best shape of your life.
7. You Can Make Passive Income
A great thing about the internet is that it’s allowed more people to start making passive income from home. We already mentioned doing Zoom classes, but you can also make YouTube videos or start a yoga blog.
While you’ll have to spend a bit of time filming videos and cultivating an audience, those videos will continue making you money for a long time. You’ll also get to help people around the world who may continue using your videos every day!
Is Becoming a Yoga Instructor Right for You?
Becoming a yoga instructor is a great way to improve your own practice, help others, and make a great secondary stream of income. If you have the means, why wouldn’t you give it a try?
Look into yoga teacher training so you can become the best yoga instructor around.
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