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  • During my first year and a half of teaching, I suffered from both funds and weariness. I finally reached out to my teachers for help, and it turns out that I had many assumptions about what it takes to be a yoga teacher to navigate on this page for more.


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    My misunderstanding: I assumed that yoga teachers couldn't negotiate their starting pay or receive "raises." If teachers increased their class sizes, they would receive extra "per mat" cash.

    Find out the salary scale in your area if you don't already know. For example, a gym or tiny studio will pay $35 for a brand new yoga teacher, and a more established yoga studio will pay $45. Expect to pay between $50 and $75 for each class for experienced teachers or teachers with additional skill sets and training.

    You will be offered or can negotiate $100 or more per class if you stay with a studio long enough, are open to being all over their schedule and marketing campaigns, or have a large following.

    It makes no difference how long you've been teaching. It all comes down to how hard you work and what you can contribute.

    As an incentive to raise your class sizes yourself, several places add on a 'per mat' scale that varies from $1-3 each mat after ten.

    I had no idea this pay scale existed in my area or that we could negotiate, so I began teaching at $30 per class in a gym and $45 in a studio with a low per mat incentive. I wasn't advocating for myself because I was so happy to be teaching at all. As a result, I was broke, hungry, and required to teach many classes per day to make ends meet.

    Later, I negotiated a wage using my experience as an acupuncturist, writing skills, and extra training as a Yin Yoga teacher and a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga teacher.

    If you have any extra talents, you can use them to get a better income per session. It's not selfish, and it's not going versus your yoga teacher's path. It's what keeps your fridge stocked and pays your expenses, and it's what allows you to teach. As a result, respect your requirements.

    1. Get in Shape and Speak Out!


    My misunderstanding: I didn't believe my past acupuncture training had anything to do with my teaching, and I didn't see sense in investing what little money I had on additional training hours.

    Recognize that the 200-hour YTT is the absolute minimum. You require more. These extra hours and certificates feed your yoga hunger while also giving you an edge. They help you stand out, which is essential if you want to teach in a crowded area like mine. It demonstrates to studio owners and students that you have spent time honing your teaching skills and expanding your profession's knowledge. Take anatomy lessons, attend content-specific workshops, and concentrate on becoming an expert at confidently assisting.

    You can also use skills you had before becoming a yoga teacher, such as email marketing, social media management, and having a solid eye for retail trends, and include them in your bio and résumé, as well as telling everyone you meet—even if it's only in passing—about it.

    It may appear self-evident, yet.

    No one will know your teaching strengths if you don't tell them!

    And believe me when I say that your managers want to know. So they'll use it to sell their company, just as you should utilize it to get the word out about what you do.

    My thorough understanding of the body is the most significant aspect of my teaching, in my opinion. When a student pointed it out to a studio owner from out of town, I finally realized it was my strength. That owner immediately gave me a teaching job for twice what I was earning at home!

    After a few weeks, I had updated all of my bios at all of the places where I taught. Within months, my classes had exploded in size as students began recommending Amber's courses to one another, saying things like, "If you have an injury, attend to Amber's sessions since she knows the anatomy of the body so well."

    At a few of the studios where I worked, I received a raise, and I was able to say goodbye to those that couldn't achieve my new minimum criteria.