It seems that being a yoga teacher is the ultimate job — you get to spend your days stretching, breathing in deeply, and listening to beautiful, meditative music. All you have to do is teach others to do the same, and maybe provide a little bit of coaching to help your students align with their chakras.
But what does a career in yoga actually look like? Is it really all about having fun and finding your inner peace?
It's a Business and You Need to Run It Like One
If you plan on having your own yoga studio, you have to be prepared to run it like one. You will need to invest in yoga studio management software to keep track of new students, payments, and class schedules.
You will likely have to hire some people to help you out, maybe an accountant or a receptionist, who will handle new clients while you are away or teaching classes.
While it is tempting to go the informal route and just convert your living room into a yoga studio, you may eventually need to spend on renovating an actual studio. Smooth, clean floors, a high ceiling, dance mirrors, and the like are all requirements of a professional studio.
You Need to Have a Goal, but Expect It to Change over Time
For many people, becoming a yoga teacher was a calling. While it's great that you can set your expectations and to have solid goals in mind, do expect them to change over time. You will have to be committed to your craft and practice yoga daily, often multiple sessions in one day.
You will eventually realize that your goals will change — that is how it goes when it comes to businesses.
You Need to Accept Constructive Criticism
As a yoga teacher running your own business, expect to receive a lot of criticism. There will be a lot of irate customers who will complain about your yoga techniques, your customer service, and maybe even your workout routine.
You are a professional, and this just comes with the job. Find your inner Zen and learn how to accept constructive criticism.
Being a yoga teacher is tough, but if you persevere, you can enjoy having the best job ever, doing yoga all day.