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Apart from the price of training, start-up costs can be low How to become a yoga teacher

Yoga is booming. Whether it’s hot, cold, or anything in between, everybody’s doing it, meaning that the yoga and Pilates industry is now worth £812 million in the UK – and rising. So if you’re a yoga addict and want to find a way to make money doing the thing you love, there couldn’t be a better time to start up a yoga teaching business.

Qualifications

You need to love yoga, obviously - and be good at it. But while in years gone by traditionally a yoga teacher decided when a pupil was ready to start teaching themselves, now you need to be qualified with an accredited body such as the British Wheel of Yoga or Yoga Alliance. Courses are run in centres across the UK and include training on how to teach a wide range of postures, as well as other important criteria such as anatomy, breathing practices and meditation. More basic courses allow you to explore yoga philosophy and practise in more depth and discover if you really do want to become a teacher. Qualifying will cost anything from £3,000 to £6,000, though some courses will allow you to pay in instalments, or you may be able to earn as you learn as a student teacher. Courses can be completed intensively over four weeks or take anything up to a year. You can also choose to further specialise, for instance, in pregnancy yoga. You also need to be resilient and hard working. Can you hack no one turning up to your yoga class which you got up at six in the morning to set up? If so, you’re in with a chance.

Studio space

This can be one of the hardest bits of the job. Finding a space which is available, at the right price, with the right facilities can be tricky - but persevere, and you will find. You also have to factor in how many other yoga classes are being run in the area and choose accordingly. Depending on where you live and what your facilities are, a home studio run either out of a room in your house, a garden cabin or converted garage is a distinct possibility.

Start-up costs

Apart from the price of training, start-up costs can be low. You’ll need to pay upfront to hire a studio or hall on a regular basis for a period of week - unless you’re working out of your home - plus a budget for marketing. You may need to invest in a few yoga mats to start, but asking students to bring their own yoga mats to start isn’t unusual. Yoga can use a lot of props, but at the start tailor your classes as prop-free to reduce costs. As your business progresses you can invest in more yoga aids. You also need to take out insurance to teach yoga and for accreditation with an industry body.

Getting started

A yoga teacher business is ideal to start small. You could begin with a course which runs one evening or morning a week for a term to test how much demand there is for your class and also to start to build a client base. As demand starts to build, you can set up more classes. You’ll also need a website, and social media will be crucial in getting the word out there. Pin up flyers to local notice boards and consider a leaflet drop door-to-door and advertising in local community magazines. You’re most likely already part of a yoga community, so tell all your yogi friends to spread the word. Charge a discount rate for customers who pay for a term in advance and a higher, drop-in rate. Be reliable and keep going. Read more like this

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