Came out with flying colors from the yoga teacher training you took and wondering what the future holds? Of course, there is the obvious- the opportunity to take yoga as a vocation and spreading the light. Remember, the learning process must never come to a standstill, even when you have become a professional yoga teacher. Say yes to more workshops, more networking with yoga people, and finding collaborative ventures with yoga in the focus.
Make Your Yogi Portfolio
Create your very own illustrated folder showing your skills and aptitude in yoga. Make a laminated copy 200 hour YTTC certificates and other course certificates showing your record of thorough attendance, tests taken, and grades obtained on your demo class. Also add to the folder the workshops on Yoga, Ayurveda, and related classes that you have attended.
Register as a Teacher with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Alliance international, Yoga Alliance USA, UK, and Australia are important bodies representing the world yoga community and certifies schools according to their standard of teaching and other services. If you have graduated from such a school, you are entitled to registration with any of the Alliance bodies. Becoming an RYT with the hallmark of purity from the Yoga Alliance is an achievement of another level altogether!
Get Certification in Yoga Adjustment-alignment or CPR
To take an extra step beyond your regular yoga course, take Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or a training course in yoga assistance with adjustment-alignment and foray into yoga anatomy. An official yoga adjustment-alignment certification or knowledge in CPR will showcase your sensibility to finer approaches of holding a yoga class.
Continue with Your Day Job
Don’t quit your day job immediately after starting to practice as a yoga instructor. You need to keep bringing a secure salary until the career launches solidly. With little savings from your day job salary you can continue further yoga study. Once you are established in your passion for the art, you can also apply for scholarship yoga study in India for free. The security of a day job salary, a scholarship covering advanced course costs, and the initial earning of your startup yoga teaching can mean quite a treat, finance-wise.
Procure Liability Insurance
Liability insurance for yoga will secure you from the damage of possible yoga-related injuries, plus, it can work positively for your hiring.
Have Your Own Accountant
Start managing your finances better with the help of an accountant. As a yoga teacher, it is possible to get involved in a variety of yoga teaching, gigs, and the cash flow from these various source points need to be managed, why not get professional help with organizing things a little bit?
Market Your Yoga Skills
Start with simple strategies on trouble-free platform, like social media. Get digital posters made of you doing yoga, create flowcharts of your course module, and distribute colorful fliers illustrating your niche in yoga and unique skills.
Put a Price on Your Teaching Services
A minimum rate needs to be decided upon when you start initially and with gaining experience, a reasonable price hike should be welcome. The factors to be considered here are- the venue of teaching, associated costs, and your financial expectations.
Network with Yoga Professionals
Be ready on your feet to explore and exchange news of different yoga classes, yoga course structures, and what’s new on the cards with other professionals in the field. Tour yoga studios in the vicinity and know of their plans and requirements, become part of online forums of yoga community members. Make sure to be cordial in your approach and continue keeping in touch. A goodwill goes a long way in the professional sphere.
Develop teaching yoga your second nature. Go beyond asanas and tread into the philosophical groundwork of yoga while you teach, keep a library of yoga-related books, DVDs, and magazines to provide a more informative depth in your teaching.
Try Learning a Different Yoga
As long as you have a few hours free every day, why not learn a different style of yoga besides the one you already know? Learn it online or take hourly classes. Target learning a popular new age style like power yoga!
Volunteer as Substitute Staff
Never had there been a school which is not in the want of substitute teachers. Look around to find a yoga place of prominence where you can volunteer as a substitute. This will surely expand your boundaries if not too beneficial fiscally.
Don’t Give Self Practice a Rest
No matter which stage of a career you are in after graduating a 200-hour YTTC, don’t go lax in your self-practice. For most yoga practitioners, it is in the self-practice session that new grounds are broken and new limits touched.
Develop Your Special Thing
Take a demo class and get it on record. Watch and rewatch to spot that special thing about you as a teacher. Is it the philosophical undertone of your classes, the bend towards the spiritual in your presentation or yoga, or a newage sassiness? Highlight the good part and be unique as a teacher in your own rights.
Find a Home-based Studio
Decorate your very own home studio. It doesn’t have to be more than an open patio or a cozy corner of a terrace.
Welcome Constructive Criticism
Ask for honest feedback wherever you teach. Open your own social media post where people can send reviews, feedback, and suggestions.
Be Patient and Hang On there Tight
Lastly, be patient in your endeavor.
Though there will be no overnight success. As they say in yoga, if you are selflessly striving without an attachment with the promised results, everything will come in due time.