Yoga teacher

yoga instructor
Sport and leisure

Career outlook for yoga teacher

Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would teach yoga as a form of exercise that helps people feel fitter, healthier and happier.

With your help, your students would learn how yoga creates balance in the mind and body through exercise, breathing and meditation.

You would:

  • Teach people yoga postures and breathing and meditation methods
  • Design courses and lessons
  • Think about the needs of beginners, experienced students and mixed ability groups
  • Adapt yoga postures for conditions such as pregnancy or arthritis
  • Assess students' progress and achievements
  • Review your own courses and teaching skills

You could specialise in teaching particular groups such as pregnant women, or mother and baby classes.

Solid training and experience in yoga would be essential. If you want to run your own business, you would also need to be able to manage your own accounts.

Working conditions


A lot of yoga teachers work part-time, and often have another job working in a related role such as teaching other fitness classes. As a yoga teacher, you would usually set your own working hours, which may include evenings and weekends to meet the needs of your clients.


You could work at several sites, such as sports centres or health clinics, which would involve local travel.


You may work at several different locations.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Self awareness
  • Mentoring
  • Listening
  • Verbal communication
  • Supporting
  • Building relationships
  • Respecting
  • Empathising
  • Creative

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There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but you will usually require a good knowledge of yoga and at least two years of yoga practice to gain work as a yoga teacher.

A recognised Yoga Teaching qualification - available through Yoga Scotland - may be of value. 

You should complete the Foundation Course before you apply for the teacher training course. The Foundation Course takes a year to complete and normally starts in September. You must have been going to a yoga class taught by a recognised yoga teacher for at least two years to get on to the Foundation Course.

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