Many people ask me about how I became a traveling yoga instructor. I’ve been flattered to receive messages from you guys asking about how I did this. I didn’t enroll in any yoga instructor training to become a yoga teacher; instead, I was more interested in self-development and expanding my knowledge. Teaching yoga abroad has been literally a dream come true for me. I discovered very soon that I enjoyed teaching yoga and wanted to travel alongside; thus, to do both simultaneously, I became a “real” traveling yoga instructor.
So, for those who share a similar dream, I’ve finally got my act together and written down a step-by-step guide to becoming a traveling yoga teacher.
Here are my top ten recommendations for finding work as a traveling yoga teacher:
#1 Are you still on the bus and traveling? Find a yoga studio that you enjoy and begin there.
It’s consistently underestimated, but I believe it’s one of the easiest ways to get a job teaching yoga, and it’s how I was able to teach free group yoga classes at Radiantly Alive Yoga in Ubud (this was a few years ago; due to tighter immigration rules, getting a job teaching yoga in Bali today is even more difficult).
Visit yoga studios everywhere you go while traveling, and you can find a spot that speaks to your spirit. Return sometimes, make friends with the staff and teachers and cover for them if they need anyone. Give it time and patience, and you could land your dream job as a traveling yoga instructor.
#2 Look for yoga teaching jobs on the internet
This will work, believe it or not! The Internet is full of jobs, and as we are now moving the digital spaces, people reach out to google in search of every service- yoga being one of them.
#3 Write the yoga curriculum vitae
This is one of my insider tips for landing the best yoga teaching work in the world! It’s also the one thing that can let you stand out from the crowd. Even if you don’t have a lot of teaching experience, a well-designed CV will give the impression that you are knowledgeable, trustworthy, and dedicated to your work. And believe me when I say that this is just as valuable to an employer as your teaching experience. And if you want to know about yoga teaching then visit Yogitimes.
#4 Create your profile as if it were a brand.
The yoga teacher industry is getting more crowded by the day, so it’s more important than ever to establish your profile and find your niche.
Make an effort to describe who you are and what you believe in. Yoga lessons with a lot of vinyasa flow? Iyengar-inspired gentle hatha yoga? What is Ashtanga Yoga in its purest form? What is the difference between yin and restorative yoga? Yoga for kids? Perhaps you’re bilingual and can lecture in many languages. Whatever it is, find a way to differentiate yourself from the competition by identifying what makes the offering special.
#5 Create a website
I suggest getting a website as soon as possible so that people can read more about you and contact you online. When you apply for jobs as a traveling yoga instructor, it would also make you look more professional.
Your website does not have to be extravagant or flashy. Start with Squarespace or take a look at my Blissful Websites course, where I teach you how to create a beautiful WordPress website step-by-step.
#6 Make use of your connections
Make connections with studio owners and yoga instructors you know, as well as anyone else who may be able to assist you in finding a teaching job in your area. One of the most effective ways to lead you to openings is by word of mouth. Social networking is a perfect way to keep in touch and interact with other yoga practitioners walking the same journey as you.
#7 Be able to volunteer to teach yoga to gain experience.
Let me tell you the truth. A three-week class does not qualify you to teach yoga. Training is the only thing that works. Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain valuable exposure and boost your morale as a teacher. I leaped at the chance to teach free group yoga classes at Radiantly Alive Yoga in Ubud. I had the opportunity to teach between one and three classes a day while volunteering in Cambodia, and my teaching abilities improved significantly. However, I believe that if you’ve been teaching for a while, you can still request payment. All have to make a living, and yoga instructor preparation is costly.
#8 Before you begin, talk about payment and specifications.
I understand that many yoga instructors avoid discussing money and contracts. However, since this move is crucial, don’t miss it and make sure you know your yoga job arrangement.
The better contract is a signed one, so if you don’t have one (which happens a lot), make sure you consider the payout arrangement (How much will you be paid?). Is it better to spend per pupil or per class? A percentage? ), how much you’ll be paid, and what you’ll be asked to do. Remember to write down the studio’s phone numbers and contact information in case of an emergency.
#9 Keep up with permits and immigration.
When looking for work as a traveling yoga instructor, keep in mind that most countries you visit as a visitor will not allow you to work legally. Furthermore, work permits are often costly and difficult to obtain.
Still do a thorough analysis. Would your employer assist you with your visa, or will you be fully responsible for the risk? What will go wrong if you work illegally? Be mindful of your situation, and don’t brag about your new job on social media if you’re not legally qualified to work in that country.
#10 Don’t overlook self-practice.
“Practice and everything will come,” Patthabi Jois said. It is, in my opinion, the most crucial aspect of being a yoga instructor. Remember to keep up with your practice, attend seminars and lectures, and learn about anatomy and yoga theory. Maintain an open mind and a keen interest. Yoga is a never-ending adventure, and we’re just getting started.