Advice For New Yoga Teachers (From Yoga Teachers)

This conversation started with a post Claire wrote on her blog about whether it's possible to make a living teaching yoga (I say yes, since I've been doing just that for more than ten years now).

I thought it'd be nice to ask some of our teaching team what advice they'd give new yoga teachers, as a starting point, when you are trying to figure out whether you want to teach full-time, part-time, or even at all! 

Here are four really great nuggets of advice:


Pauline says: 

Like the Nike ad says "Just do it" you will not regret it. Even if you just get a group of friends or work colleagues together and start teaching them, you'll soon get your confidence up. The sooner you do it the less umming and ahhing there will be! It does also help to have an awesome mentoring system like we do in the mmYoga crew! 

Suzy says: 

Accept that you don’t know everything, and that it’s ok to say so…  Be honest with your students about your knowledge, tell them you don’t know the answer to their question, but you’ll go away and do some research so that next time you see them you hope to have some information for them.  As part of this; keep in touch with the people you did your training with.  Not just the trainers, but the other students in your course as well.  Build a network of people you can turn to for advice.

Nancy says: 

Navasana with a friendly whippet

Practise Ahimsa (non-violence) or self compassion. Take the pressure off and genuinely offer the wonderful gift you have to give. Be caring and sensitive to the individual and remember - if that lady up the back is frowning - she's most likely got stuff going on for her and that has nothing to do with you! Also, be prepared, have some ideas to fall back on so you can feel ready and confident and then adapt the class according to who comes to class and how things feel at the time. Go with your intuition and enjoy it. You can read more from Nancy on her blog.

Claire says: 

Take your time building up your teaching skills and know that's it natural to feel like you don't know enough. Get plenty of teaching experience in your first year and do some assisting if you can as it's incredibly valuable.

Don't try to conquer the Yoga world in your first year out!

Integrate and practice what you've learned before jumping into other courses. Take your time, there's no rush.


If you are in Melbourne, Claire's got a workshop coming in November: Connect with Your Students and Fill Your Yoga Classes.

She's a marketing ace, so if you are a new teacher, or a studio owner wanting to expand your reach, you should check it out!