How to Jump-Start Your Yoga Teaching Career
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How to Jump-Start Your Yoga Teaching Career

a Step by Step Guide for Starting your Career
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Created by Ariele Foster
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to get a gig teaching yoga (or make your own gig!)
  • How to leverage each and every class you teach (for more ease in your life)
  • Why you must develop workshops and special events
  • Why getting a "niche" is necessary AND will make you massively more confident
  • How to negotiate pay. (i.e. Know average % splits, ways that studios pay yoga teachers)
  • What your weekly schedule should look like, and how it might change over time
  • Realistic number-crunching for annual and weekly income from yoga
  • How and Why you MUST stay inspired long after teacher training is over
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  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.

The story often goes like this: your deep love of yoga, and the gifts it gave you, inspires you to take the leap into yoga teacher training. You want to shout from the top of a mountain to share this incredible practice with the world. 

But once it's over, the question is "How?" Is everyone and their sister is a yoga teacher these days? The landscape can feel impossibly competitive: studio owners don't respond to your job inquiry emails, the pay offered by gyms makes you wonder if you are being swindled (or worse, that you were teacher training). You are struggling to GIVE away private lessons, and meanwhile 5 of your closest friends have now started THEIR teacher trainings. 

I've been there. Don't give up hope. It IS possible to have a career teaching yoga. It is possible to make an income teaching yoga. It will require a bit of sacrifice, strategy, and deep consideration of your values - around money, time and, yes, whether yoga as a full-time career is a good fit. 

I will guide you through those personal, inner conversations, and teach you as much insider-knowledge ("external information") as I can pack in. We'll explore

  • What are the different payment models that studios use? 
  • What should I aim for in my weekly schedule? and how will that change over time?
  • How do you get yoga teaching gigs in a highly competitive market? 
  • What should your resume look like? 
  • Is it really possible to make a living teaching yoga? Let me see some $$$ numbers...
  • Where do I even start? 

This course is a massive download of information that I've learned over 16 years of teaching yoga -- taught to you in a conversational way, like I would share with a friend. It's full of links for all sorts of resources that will take you deeper. You will walk away with knowledge about how to leverage every class, how to estimate your yearly income (and increase it!), how to develop a niche, and how to think creatively about each class or interaction as a genuine opportunity to grow your "brand" (in the most authentic way possible). 

By the way, I am NOT a business coach. I am a yoga teacher who teaches many other yoga teachers. I am a multi-passionate human who has tried on a remarkable number of jobs (yoga and otherwise) and careers over the last 20-some years, who has worked hard and been poor, worked hard and been paid, and finally -- about 5 years ago -- started to see myself as my own boss (which changed everything). 

I've seen the trends go up down and around in the yoga world, but I've also seen lasting patterns. This course is a passion project of mine to create more ease in your life, so you can get where you want in your yoga career faster than me (if you should so choose). 

Oh and yes, my sister is also a yoga teacher :) 

Who is the target audience?
  • A graduate of a yoga teacher training program who wants a career teaching yoga.
  • A current yoga teacher trainee who would like to get a jump start on her or his career
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:12

I'm a US-based physio (Doctor of Physical Therapy), Yoga Teacher since 2001, and founder of I created this little course spontaneously one weekend because new yoga teachers deserve to know the basics about how to build the foundation of a yoga career smartly. 

Preview 03:27

Overview of How Yoga Teachers Make a Living
4 Lectures 17:49

Why you might want to *Start* off Teaching Tons of Weekly Classes

Other Ways to Do the Math

How to forge a relationship with a studio so that they are *more likely* to hire you, and how to make yourself available to sub the tricky-to-fill classes, PLUS see my resume. 

How to Get Teaching Gigs
The Long View
3 Lectures 11:54
Leveraging Your Classes (AKA Make the Hustle Worth It)

Why Side Hustles Are Good Business

Be Abundant NOW
There Is Something Special About YOU
2 Lectures 15:31
Why It's VITAL to Carve a Niche

Why You MUST Run Workshops, Series, +/or Special Events
Back to Business
3 Lectures 13:20
How Payment Works for Workshops, Etc.

Running Your Own Classes or Donation Classes

Your Website and Social Media Presence
Building a Life and a Career that Your Love
2 Lectures 08:55

All the Loose Ends
About the Instructor
Ariele Foster
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Founder, Yoga Anatomy Academy; Doctor of Physical Therapy

Bio: Dr. Ariele Foster (PT, DPT, E-RYT 500) is a Washington, DC-based doctor of physical therapy, a yoga teacher, founder of Yoga Anatomy Academy, and anatomy faculty for yoga trainings and 90Monkeys online continuing education. She has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy fun and accessible.

Ariele grew up practicing with her grandmother, started studying optimal health as a teenager, and began teaching yoga in 2001. Her interdisciplinary classes (trained in Kripalu, Anusara, Vinyasa, YogaWorks and Therapeutics) are enriched by biomechanical smarts, therapeutic know-how, great playlists and humor.

Dr. Foster specializes in manual and orthopedic physical therapy, including myofascial release, and incorporates yoga into physical therapy rehabilitation plans with an eye on functional movement and whole body medicine. She lives and treats patients in Washington, DC as well as leads yoga and yoga anatomy retreats around the world.