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YOGA TEACHER: If You Want To Teach Yoga, Find A Niche

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Susan, a yoga teacher, shares what her typical day looks like, how she became a yoga teacher, and what she now knows about the field that she didn’t know about before. Her advice for those considering a career in this line of work: find a niche to teach in because the field is becoming over saturated.

Job Title: Yoga Teacher
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Job Description

Self-enrichment teachers instruct in a variety of subjects that students take for fun or self-improvement, such as music and foreign languages. These classes generally do not lead to a degree or certification, and students take them voluntarily to learn new skills or gain understanding of a subject.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Self-enrichment teachers generally need to have some experience in the field in which they teach. For example, a pottery teacher should have some experience in designing and making pottery. They can get this experience through formal work experience, but they can also get it through volunteer work or personal hobbies. Formal education programs may prefer to hire workers who have some teaching experience.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Empathy, People skills, Verbal communication skills
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m='12510'>and</span> <span m='12680'>then</span> <span m='12800'>teach,</span> <span m='13230'>and</span> <span m='13410'>then</span> <span m='13550'>travel</span> <span m='13950'>and</span> <span m='14090'>then</span> <span m='14310'>teach.</span> </p><p><span m='14920'>I</span> <span m='15110'>was</span> <span m='15330'>working</span> <span m='15680'>full</span> <span m='15910'>time</span> <span m='16230'>in</span> <span m='16329'>commercial</span> <span m='16800'>production</span> <span m='18060'>and</span> <span m='19790'>exercising</span> <span m='20570'>just</span> <span m='20850'>recreationally,</span> <span m='21850'>and</span> <span m='22580'>then</span> <span m='23470'>when</span> <span m='23850'>I</span> <span m='23930'>was</span> <span m='24110'>pregnant</span> <span m='24580'>somebody</span> <span m='24970'>said</span> <span m='26220'>we</span> <span m='26540'>should</span> <span m='26730'>do</span> <span m='26860'>yoga</span> <span m='27170'>pregnant--</span> <span m='27590'>a</span> <span m='27610'>friend</span> <span m='27830'>of</span> <span m='27870'>mine</span> <span m='28020'>was</span> <span m='28160'>pregnant.</span> <span m='28920'>We</span> <span m='29030'>stumbled</span> <span m='29460'>on</span> <span m='29570'>a</span> <span m='29620'>fabulous</span> <span m='30160'>teacher,</span> <span m='30720'>we</span> <span m='31040'>did</span> <span m='31200'>yoga</span> <span m='31530'>pregnant,</span> <span m='32220'>and</span> <span m='32430'>then</span> <span m='33090'>when</span> <span m='33920'>I</span> <span m='34080'>had</span> <span m='34280'>my</span> <span m='34380'>first</span> <span m='34680'>child</span> <span m='34945'>and</span> <span m='35210'>I</span> <span m='35290'>realized</span> <span m='35790'>I</span> <span m='35860'>did</span> <span m='36060'>not</span> <span m='36260'>want</span> <span m='36380'>to</span> <span m='36420'>go</span> <span m='36530'>back</span> <span m='36760'>to</span> <span m='36890'>full</span> <span m='37080'>time work.</span> </p><p><span m='37480'>I</span> <span m='37670'>needed</span> <span m='37970'>a</span> <span m='38080'>career</span> <span m='38500'>that</span> <span m='38650'>was</span> <span m='38830'>going</span> <span m='38950'>to</span> <span m='39010'>be</span> <span m='39510'>more</span> <span m='39840'>freelance</span> <span m='40530'>and</span> <span m='40790'>closer</span> <span m='41160'>to</span> <span m='41270'>home.</span> <span m='42320'>I</span> <span m='42620'>went</span> <span m='42950'>and</span> <span m='43060'>did</span> <span m='43310'>fitness</span> <span m='43430'>certifications,</span> <span m='44380'>and</span> <span m='44670'>I</span> <span m='45200'>taught</span> <span m='45460'>fitness</span> <span m='45610'>for</span> <span m='46715'>about</span> <span m='48160'>8,</span> <span m='48445'>10</span> <span m='48730'>years</span> <span m='49120'>and</span> <span m='49220'>realized</span> <span m='50360'>there's</span> <span m='50780'>not</span> <span m='50970'>enough</span> <span m='53150'>intellectual</span> <span m='53890'>material</span> <span m='54360'>here,</span> <span m='54670'>and</span> <span m='54860'>there</span> <span m='55060'>is</span> <span m='55240'>not</span> <span m='55450'>enough</span> <span m='55730'>learning.</span> <span m='56180'>And</span> <span m='56550'>I</span> <span m='56640'>went</span> <span m='56850'>back</span> <span m='57030'>to</span> <span m='57506'>yoga.</span> <span m='58460'>And</span> <span m='58580'>I've</span> <span m='58670'>been</span> <span m='58800'>teaching</span> <span m='59240'>yoga</span> <span m='59440'>for</span> <span m='59960'>16</span> <span m='60500'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='61430'>How</span> <span m='61550'>popular</span> <span m='62050'>it</span> <span m='62460'>was going</span> <span m='62720'>to be?</span> <span m='63610'>It</span> <span m='63710'>was</span> <span m='63910'>not</span> <span m='65349'>what</span> <span m='65630'>it</span> <span m='65770'>is</span> <span m='66000'>today</span> <span m='66330'>when</span> <span m='66550'>I</span> <span m='66630'>started</span> <span m='67050'>teaching</span> <span m='67430'>it.</span> <span m='68980'>And</span> <span m='69230'>I</span> <span m='69380'>also</span> <span m='69700'>didn't</span> <span m='70100'>know</span> <span m='70590'>how</span> <span m='70850'>many--</span> <span m='71370'>mostly</span> <span m='71990'>incredibly</span> <span m='72630'>kind</span> <span m='73140'>honest</span> <span m='73600'>nice</span> <span m='73910'>people</span> <span m='74270'>populated</span> <span m='74900'>that</span> <span m='75110'>world.</span> <span m='76520'>Mostly</span> <span m='76970'>I</span> <span m='77060'>say</span> <span m='78140'>figure</span> <span m='78440'>out</span> <span m='78510'>a</span> <span m='78550'>specialty</span> <span m='79170'>population</span> <span m='79900'>to</span> <span m='80010'>teach,</span> <span m='80410'>because</span> <span m='80710'>there's</span> <span m='80950'>plenty</span> <span m='81190'>of</span> <span m='81260'>people</span> <span m='81570'>who</span> <span m='81690'>can</span> <span m='81850'>teach</span> <span m='82140'>the</span> <span m='82250'>mainstream.</span> <span m='83450'>Think</span> <span m='83650'>about</span> <span m='83880'>working</span> <span m='84240'>with</span> <span m='85280'>children</span> <span m='85700'>at</span> <span m='85800'>risk,</span> <span m='86250'>think</span> <span m='86420'>about</span> <span m='86610'>working</span> <span m='86870'>with</span> <span m='87010'>seniors,</span> <span m='87640'>think</span> <span m='87800'>about</span> <span m='88060'>working</span> <span m='88430'>with</span> <span m='88680'>children</span> <span m='88970'>with</span> <span m='89377'>attention</span> <span m='89784'>deficit</span> <span m='90191'>disorder</span> <span m='91580'>people</span> <span m='92020'>who</span> <span m='92200'>are</span> <span m='92700'>coming</span> <span m='93080'>of</span> <span m='93270'>chemotherapy,</span> <span m='94440'>do</span> <span m='94610'>it</span> <span m='94710'>as a</span> <span m='94770'>specialty</span> <span m='95500'>population</span> <span m='96160'>because</span> <span m='96450'>the</span> <span m='96540'>mainstream</span> <span m='97130'>is</span> <span m='97380'>saturated.</span> </p><p><span m='99800'>OK.</span> <span m='100990'>Let</span> <span m='101260'>me</span> <span m='101360'>change it</span> <span m='101560'>up here</span> <span m='101610'>a little</span> <span m='101880'>bit.</span> <span m='102260'>Let me go</span> <span m='102742'>like</span> <span m='103224'>this.</span> <span m='103706'>OK.</span> <span m='109490'>Excuse me.</span> </p><p><span m='109972'>No worries.</span> </p><p><span m='111420'>I</span> <span m='111610'>love your eye.</span> </p><p><span m='112268'>Thank</span> <span m='112766'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='126230'>What do</span> <span m='126400'>you</span> <span m='126480'>like</span> <span m='126600'>most</span> <span m='126860'>about</span> <span m='127050'>your</span> <span m='127360'>yoga</span> <span m='127817'>career?</span> </p><p><span m='131480'>The</span> <span m='131580'>physical</span> <span m='132370'>aspect</span> <span m='132890'>of</span> <span m='133020'>the</span> <span m='133140'>job</span> <span m='133600'>and</span> <span m='133670'>the</span> <span m='133750'>physical</span> <span m='134200'>aspect</span> <span m='134640'>of</span> <span m='135240'>having</span> <span m='135480'>to</span> <span m='135610'>stay</span> <span m='136090'>involved</span> <span m='136570'>in</span> <span m='136870'>yoga.</span> <span m='137480'>Keeps</span> <span m='137970'>me</span> <span m='138340'>fit,</span> <span m='139080'>and</span> <span m='139450'>I'm</span> <span m='139820'>not</span> <span m='140030'>all</span> <span m='140150'>that</span> <span m='140300'>young</span> <span m='140730'>so</span> <span m='141060'>it</span> <span m='141150'>keeps</span> <span m='141480'>me</span> <span m='141800'>fit for</span> <span m='141890'>my age.</span> <span m='144080'>And</span> <span m='144230'>I</span> <span m='144290'>like</span> <span m='144510'>watching--</span> <span m='145010'>I have</span> <span m='145260'>students</span> <span m='145680'>I've</span> <span m='145810'>had</span> <span m='146060'>for</span> <span m='146250'>up</span> <span m='146505'>of</span> <span m='146760'>20</span> <span m='147050'>years,</span> <span m='147360'>and</span> <span m='147470'>I</span> <span m='147550'>like</span> <span m='147810'>watching</span> <span m='148190'>them</span> <span m='149200'>grow</span> <span m='150110'>into</span> <span m='150600'>happier</span> <span m='150980'>versions</span> <span m='151410'>of</span> <span m='151530'>themselves.</span> </p><p><span m='155146'>Put</span> <span m='155642'>myself right in the wrong spot</span> <span m='156138'>here.</span> <span m='156634'>OK, good.</span> <span m='158130'>What</span> <span m='158630'>do you</span> <span m='158830'>find</span> <span m='159276'>most challenging</span> <span m='159722'>about your job?</span> </p><p><span m='161060'>The</span> <span m='161510'>isolation.</span> <span m='162440'>Because</span> <span m='162810'>I'm</span> <span m='162910'>not</span> <span m='163120'>part</span> <span m='163320'>of</span> <span m='163380'>a</span> <span m='163460'>staff.</span> <span m='164390'>So</span> <span m='164720'>there's--</span> <span m='165050'>I</span> <span m='165120'>don't--</span> <span m='165720'>like</span> <span m='165850'>many</span> <span m='166060'>people</span> <span m='166340'>have</span> <span m='166500'>a</span> <span m='166520'>whole</span> <span m='167020'>community</span> <span m='167500'>in</span> <span m='167600'>their</span> <span m='167810'>office</span> <span m='168630'>or</span> <span m='168860'>where</span> <span m='169220'>they</span> <span m='169370'>work,</span> <span m='169710'>I</span> <span m='169830'>don't</span> <span m='169990'>have</span> <span m='170210'>that.</span> <span m='170470'>I'm</span> <span m='170600'>a</span> <span m='171190'>freelance</span> <span m='171860'>person</span> <span m='172340'>so</span> <span m='172550'>I</span> <span m='172630'>go</span> <span m='172840'>from</span> <span m='173050'>A</span> <span m='173260'>to B,</span> <span m='174030'>and</span> <span m='174140'>I</span> <span m='174220'>don't</span> <span m='174400'>have</span> <span m='174510'>a</span> <span m='175300'>work</span> <span m='175640'>community.</span> <span m='177190'>That's</span> <span m='177520'>the</span> <span m='177590'>hard</span> <span m='177850'>part.</span> </p><p><span m='179070'>What</span> <span m='179120'>was the</span> <span m='179210'>key</span> <span m='179350'>decision</span> <span m='179800'>you</span> <span m='179940'>made</span> <span m='180160'>to</span> <span m='180250'>get</span> <span m='180450'>you</span> <span m='180590'>where</span> <span m='180730'>you</span> <span m='180840'>are</span> <span m='180950'>today?</span> </p><p><span m='182560'>To</span> <span m='182690'>be</span> <span m='182850'>available</span> <span m='183300'>as</span> <span m='183430'>a mother.</span> </p><p><span m='186244'>Can</span> <span m='186301'>you</span> <span m='186359'>say</span> <span m='186416'>that</span> <span m='186474'>in</span> <span m='186532'>a</span> <span m='186589'>full</span> <span m='186647'>sentence?</span> <span m='186705'>The key decision--</span> </p><p><span m='188090'>The</span> <span m='188210'>key</span> <span m='188520'>decision</span> <span m='189090'>that</span> <span m='189260'>led</span> <span m='189540'>me</span> <span m='189670'>to</span> <span m='189810'>this</span> <span m='190080'>career</span> <span m='190540'>was</span> <span m='190890'>the</span> <span m='190980'>desire</span> <span m='191570'>to</span> <span m='191690'>be</span> <span m='192070'>completely</span> <span m='192610'>available</span> <span m='193170'>as</span> <span m='193330'>a</span> <span m='193380'>mother.</span> </p><p><span m='194792'>Is it hard--</span> <span m='195288'>I</span> <span m='195387'>know</span> <span m='195486'>you</span> <span m='195585'>mentioned</span> <span m='195684'>this--but</span> <span m='195784'>is it hard</span> <span m='196280'>to find</span> <span m='196776'>work as a yoga</span> <span m='197272'>instructor?</span> </p><p><span m='199850'>It</span> <span m='200110'>is</span> <span m='200470'>for</span> <span m='200600'>people</span> <span m='200900'>starting</span> <span m='201440'>now.</span> <span m='201810'>It's</span> <span m='202000'>hard</span> <span m='202250'>for</span> <span m='202360'>people</span> <span m='202650'>starting</span> <span m='203100'>now</span> <span m='203280'>to</span> <span m='203350'>become</span> <span m='203500'>yoga</span> <span m='203780'>instructors</span> <span m='204650'>and</span> <span m='205040'>to find</span> <span m='205330'>work.</span> <span m='206020'>It's</span> <span m='206340'>not</span> <span m='206630'>for</span> <span m='206720'>me,</span> <span m='206870'>because</span> <span m='207200'>I'm</span> <span m='207370'>established.</span> <span m='208110'>And</span> <span m='208850'>I've</span> <span m='208980'>been</span> <span m='209130'>doing</span> <span m='209380'>it</span> <span m='209510'>for</span> <span m='209610'>long</span> <span m='209850'>enough</span> <span m='210110'>that</span> <span m='210270'>I</span> <span m='210370'>have</span> <span m='210570'>a</span> <span m='210610'>seniority.</span> <span m='212650'>Last question,</span> <span m='213210'>what</span> <span m='213590'>is</span> <span m='213970'>this</span> <span m='214350'>work,</span> <span m='214480'>life</span> <span m='214750'>balance</span> <span m='215214'>like</span> <span m='215678'>in this</span> <span m='216142'>career of yours?</span> </p><p><span m='218550'>It's</span> <span m='218790'>perfect.</span> <span m='220780'>It</span> <span m='220920'>was</span> <span m='221290'>perfect</span> <span m='221720'>when</span> <span m='221840'>I</span> <span m='221890'>was--</span> <span m='222230'>my</span> <span m='222380'>work</span> <span m='222640'>life</span> <span m='222840'>balance</span> <span m='223170'>was</span> <span m='223340'>perfect</span> <span m='223625'>when</span> <span m='223910'>I was a</span> <span m='224190'>full-time</span> <span m='224700'>mother.</span> <span m='225440'>Now</span> <span m='226350'>I</span> <span m='226810'>have</span> <span m='227290'>more</span> <span m='227890'>free</span> <span m='228200'>time</span> <span m='228620'>and</span> <span m='228820'>so</span> <span m='229000'>I'm</span> <span m='229410'>actually</span> <span m='229870'>addressing</span> <span m='230990'>how</span> <span m='231240'>I'm</span> <span m='231320'>going</span> <span m='231480'>to</span> <span m='231520'>fill</span> <span m='231820'>in</span> <span m='231920'>the</span> <span m='232010'>time</span> <span m='232280'>that used</span> <span m='232530'>to be spent</span> <span m='233110'>with</span> <span m='233240'>my</span> <span m='233380'>now</span> <span m='233560'>very</span> <span m='233830'>grownup</span> <span m='234270'>children.</span> </p><p><span m='236020'>Great.</span> </p>","file":{"id":361812,"video_id":"3247993710001","name":"2129-Susan-p-YogaTeacher","duration":237610,"thumbnail_url":null}});