So, you are a recent graduate of a 200-hour yoga teacher certification training. Congrats on making it through the most intensive part! Yet, there is still more to do. Here are some additional requirements you need to be a yoga instructor.
Register With Yoga Alliance
Yoga Alliance is a self-enacted “governing” organization that sets training program requirements and provides studio owners and instructors resources. Teachers can upgrade their certification type once they are more experienced or get more training. Registering with Yoga Alliance puts you in a directory for students to find you when looking for local instructors with specific specialties.
Focus On a Specialty
On the topic of specialties, you probably already have an idea about what you like to teach. Picking a forte is a way to serve a niche in a community (ex: yin, kundalini, prenatal). Finding a specialty won’t pigeonhole you into one style of yoga. You can still teach other classes, but this is another way for you to find more work.
Get a CPR Certification
Everyone that works in the fitness or health industry needs to get CPR and first aid certified. This is an annual certification that you can easily complete in an afternoon or less. These days, you can get an online CPR certification, which makes this step even more accessible. Check with your employer to find out what their requirements are.
Protect Yourself With Liability Insurance
Although it’s not an official additional requirement you need to be a yoga instructor, you should strongly consider personal liability insurance. Some studios cover you under their insurance policies, but others may not. However, it’s helpful to have it anyway, in case you transfer studios. With liability insurance, you are safe if anything goes wrong when you start doing events or private lessons outside of a studio.
Set Up a Website
Having a website will help provide passive customer service and marketing to your clients. Here, you can make available information about the classes you teach and even have an option for students to book private lessons with you. If you like, you can also start blogging about yoga and wellness topics that you can add to a newsletter.
Teaching yoga is one of the most rewarding career paths or side jobs to have. By making sure you also take care of these requirements, you’re on your way to connecting with students and making a difference in their lives.