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Yoga teacher

Yoga teachers teach yoga as a form of exercise to increase fitness and wellbeing.

Annual Salary


Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

24 to 37 variable

You could work: freelance / self-employed; managing your own hours

Future employment

There will be 0.5% more Yoga teacher jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a yoga teacher, you could:

  • design course and lesson plans to suit different abilities
  • teach simple and complex yoga positions
  • adapt positions for conditions like pregnancy or arthritis
  • teach breathing techniques
  • assess students and review your own courses and teaching skills
  • market your classes and do business admin tasks, if you're self-employed

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a health centre.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

You can do a yoga teaching qualification at college or in a community learning centre.

Courses include:

  • teaching yoga to children aged 5 to 16
  • yoga teaching
  • teaching gentle years yoga (for those working with older adults)

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Other routes

You can train as a yoga teacher by taking courses with a professional body, for example:

Some knowledge of anatomy and physiology will be useful.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

You'll usually need at least 2 to 3 years' experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher to teach it yourself.

You may find it helpful if you have a background in teaching exercise and fitness.

Further information

You can find out more about teaching yoga from:The British Wheel of Yoga; Yoga Alliance Professionals; Iyengar Yoga UK

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With experience you could run your own yoga workshops or yoga retreats.

You might also:train as a yoga therapist; specialise in working with particular age groups; take further qualifications to train and mentor new yoga teachers; combine yoga teaching with teaching other fitness classes

You'll usually need 2 years' experience of practising yoga with a qualified teacher to teach it yourself.

You can join organisations like the The British Wheel of Yoga or Iyengar Yoga UK for professional development and to make contacts with other teachers.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • patience and a calming manner
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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