Working as a yoga teacher abroad is certainly an appealing option – living somewhere beautiful, practicing frequently and introducing others to the joy and wellness benefits of yoga. It’s no wonder than becoming a yoga instructor is an increasingly popular pursuit, especially amongst those who are looking to live around the world. Here is some resources to get you started with Yoga Instructor Jobs.
Being a yoga instructor offers a lot of flexibility in terms of when and where you will work. Many yoga instructors are employed full-time by a resort, villa or camp, whereas others work as freelancers for a range of different clients.
One of the benefits of being employed in-house is that it will often come with accommodation and meals as part of your salary. This allows you to save on major expenses, and plus, you’ll usually receive extra pay as wages.
On the other hand, working as a freelancer can give you a lot of flexibility and also mean that you are growing your own business. In the end, it’s up to you which one suits you best! Whichever you choose, being a yoga instructor usually involves running classes with students of all abilities, sometimes in a mixed group. So, you may have yoga pros along with total novices in the same class. Or, you may be working one-on-one or with a specific skill level.
Another thing that varies is how many classes you will be expected to run. It may e that there is just one daily class, or, you may be required to help out on multi-day yoga retreat where there are many daily activities.
Yoga instructors are needed all over the world, and it’s a great job for those looking to travel around. Some particularly popular locations for yoga retreats include Morocco, Bali, India, Australia and Thailand, however they can be found in most countries.
What skills do you need to be a yoga teacher abroad?
A passion for yoga definitely helps! While the yoga teacher lifestyle can seem idyllic on
Instagram, there are certainly some challenges – and a genuine love for yoga is definitely going
to help make your job much more enjoyable!
Most places will require formal training as a yoga teacher, as the safety and wellbeing of
students is important. Yoga instructor courses will allow you to teach yoga safely and effectively,
so that your students can get the most out of your teaching.
Yoga Teacher Training
Usually, you will be required to study for at least 200 hours to receive your yoga teaching
accreditation. There are many organisations that teach yoga instruction. Some of these include:
- Discover the best Yoga Retreats and Venues around the world
- the BWY is a well-respected authority on yoga in the UK, and has a list of accredited courses in England, Ireland,
Wales and Scotland.
- a list of courses to become a yoga teacher in India, the historic and spiritual home of yoga. They also have courses
in European locations such as Ireland and Portugal.
- the peak body for yoga in Australia maintains a comprehensive list of yoga teacher training schools around the
Sacred Path Yoga – https://sacredpathsyoga.com/yoga-teacher-training/bali/ – Bali is one of the most popular places for yoga retreats, and becoming a yoga teacher. Sacred Path Yoga has a teacher training course in Ubud, Bali.
East + West – https://yogaeastwest.com/explore/best-yoga-teacher-trainings-in-france/ – fancy learning to become a yoga teacher in beautiful France? This list of training courses is a good place to start!
Another skill that can be useful for becoming a yoga teacher is a first aid course. There are many providers of first aid courses all over the world. Here is a totally free, online course by an EMT/First Aid Instructor: https://www.firstaidforfree.com/
How can you find yoga jobs?
- a website that lists yoga instructor jobs available all over the world.
-a great website for finding yoga jobs, as well as freelance opportunities. Includes both paid and volunteer options.
Leisure Jobs – https://www.leisurejobs.com/jobs/yoga-instructor/europe/ – this website has jobs abroad in all kinds of industries, including many yoga jobs in Europe.
Yoga Jobs (Facebook Group) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/4176939886/ – the yoga teaching industry tends to be closeknit, so a good way to find out about opportunities is through word of mouth. This Facebook group is a great place to start!
Yoga Finder – https://www.yogafinder.com/yogajobs.cfm – if you are looking for a yoga space to rent or buy (I.e. freelancing), this website is very useful!
Yoga Alliance International – https://www.yogaallianceeurope.net/Job-Opportunities.html – a website that lists jobs for yoga teachers – mainly in Europe, but also in other locations such as the Middle East.