How to Make Money as a Yoga Instructor: 25 Ways to Diversify your Income

We’re sick and bored with seeing extraordinarily proficient yoga academics burning themselves out making an attempt to make a dwelling.

What different business on the market has consultants working 60hrs/week and simply barely paying the payments?

Not many.

However why does this occur within the yoga world? A world of therapeutic and fixed giving…

The actual fact of the matter is: after a yoga studio pays lease, heating/cooling payments, trainer wages, and so on… there simply isn’t sufficient leftover to pay academics a livable wage!

The economics simply don’t enable it.

If instructing at a studio isn’t sufficient to maintain ourselves as yoga academics, this makes incomes an earnings as a yoga trainer tougher than we thought…

Are you saying yoga academics ought to ditch the studio all collectively?

No method!

However perceive… it’s almost inconceivable to earn a sustainable dwelling by ONLY instructing at yoga studios.

As a substitute, use yoga studios as a place to hone your expertise, construct a following, and take a look at out concepts.

There are Three potential outcomes for Full-Time Yoga Lecturers:

  • Run round instructing 20 lessons/week whereas dwelling on the poverty line (inevitable burnout)
  • Marry a wealthy partner who pays all your payments so you possibly can educate yoga for enjoyable (part-time solely)
  • Diversify your earnings by incomes cash exterior the studio (profitable profession)

…#1 and #2 will not be preferrred or not potential for most individuals

Fortunately, diversifying your earnings (#3) IS potential for many yoga academics! And that is the subject we’re discussing in the present day.


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How a lot cash do yoga instructors make?

That is a actually frequent query and but difficult to reply. CNN claims the median earnings for yoga/pilates academics is $62,400 USD per 12 months. Sorry CNN however that’s merely not true, the actual reply is nearer to HALF of your estimate.

The earnings ranges tremendously from the highest to backside of yoga academics. Whereas most academics earn lower than $30ok USD per 12 months, some academics earn $300,000 or extra.

The academics who earn essentially the most all have one factor in frequent… they earn most of their earnings OUTSIDE the studio. In different phrases, they receives a commission from some mixture of workshops, trainings, on-line sponsorships, and extra.

Essentially the most profitable yoga academics:

  • Lake benefit of know-how by creating a website
  • Discovered how to market themselves on-line
  • Leverage e-mail advertising and marketing (we love Convertkit)
  • after which went on to diversify their earnings

Studying how to generate income as a yoga trainer ought to actually be taught in each trainer coaching program. Nevertheless, that’s simply not the case… which is why Anne and I created The Yoga Nomads 🙂

Alright lets dive into how to generate income as a yoga trainer.

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25 Ways Yoga Lecturers can Earn Extra Money (exterior the yoga studio)

We broke these earnings alternatives into three classes to enable you concentrate on what makes essentially the most sense for your distinctive state of affairs.

  • Newbie pleasant earnings alternatives
  • Intermediate earnings alternatives
  • Superior earnings alternatives

Yoga academics who construct strong companies virtually at all times have a number of streams of earnings. Preserve that in thoughts as you’re contemplating your subsequent transfer. At all times search to diversify your yoga trainer earnings.

As at all times, take what works and depart the remaining. 


Newbie Pleasant Income Alternatives ($)

These earnings alternatives are good for newer academics and anybody who’s simply getting began diversifying their earnings. Most of those are low threat and you may get began immediately!

Conditions: 200hr YTT certification + a burning need to construct a sustainable future as a yoga trainer.


1) Educate at close by faculties

Some universities will rent yoga academics to provide lessons to their college students. Often the college will choose up the tab making the lessons free for college students! Attempt contacting the “Pupil Companies” or “Rec Heart” to inquire about job alternatives.

Don’t neglect Group Faculties and Group Facilities! They’re usually searching for yoga academics to add to their class schedule.


2) Company group yoga lessons

It’s changing into fairly frequent for corporations to provide yoga as a perk to their staff. Ask your native community to discover out which corporations would have an interest. Most profitable academics on this area cost a flat $X/class (irrespective of how many individuals present up). Anne does this in Minneapolis.

Related: How to Find a Job Teaching Corporate Yoga 


3) Freelance author for yoga publications

Yep, it’s true. Many well-known on-line publications don’t pay a lot (or in any respect). Nevertheless, some do and should you like writing, it may be a wonderful means to make more money whereas networking with the yoga business.

Bonus factors if you have already got your personal web site. Every freelance article you write contains a “backlink” which suggests your articles will embrace hyperlinks again to your private web site. These “backlinks” have search engine marketing advantages and can ship site visitors to your website.


4) Pop-up model yoga studio

Launching a full on yoga studio is difficult work and wildly costly. A popup studio is a wonderful means to create the neighborhood really feel of a studio with out the upfront funding. Or strive renting out your favourite native occasion area to provide a distinctive expertise!

One in every of our shoppers Amina Sanders combines social justice with yoga to create “popup yoga with a goal.”


5) Provide non-public yoga classes

Do you take pleasure in working 1×1? Personal yoga classes are a wonderful means to improve your earnings whereas serving to your college students change their life. Privates require a greater time funding than group lessons. Preserve pricing construction easy and don’t undercharge! Privates sometimes vary from $60 to $200/hour… we by no means advocate lower than $80/hour. Some even provide non-public yoga by way of Skype!


6) Podcast about yoga

Yoga Teacher Podcast

Podcasting is like running a blog: it’s a wonderful means to construct an viewers however takes a very long time to earn large cash. Fortunately, it’s simple to get began: you simply want a microphone and an fascinating theme to discuss. In addition to constructing site visitors to your web site, podcasts can earn you cash by promoting sponsored adverts at first of your episode.

Our pal Amanda Kingsmith created a podcast called M.B.Om which is all about serving to yoga academics construct their enterprise. I encourage you to to test it out! If you need to hear to our episode on M.B.Om, here’s the link.

Related: A Yoga Entrepreneur’s Guide to Podcasting by Amanda Kingsmith 


7) Digital Advertising and marketing / IT for Yoga Studios

The right job for the tech savvy entrepreneurs amongst us. Most yoga studios are understaffed and need assistance with their advertising and marketing. Contemplate providing your expertise as a part-time knowledgeable. You possibly can make a nice dwelling REMOTELY by freelancing with 3-5 yoga studios. As you present a bigger impression, you possibly can improve your costs. Helpful expertise embrace: Web site improvement/design, e-mail advertising and marketing, social media advertising and marketing, and so on.


Intermediate Income Alternatives ($$)

These are your “bread and butter” as a yoga entrepreneur. Rigorously executing one in every of these concepts has the potential to dramatically improve your earnings and alter your life within the course of. Don’t rush into these alternatives, they require strategic enterprise technique and long-term planning.

Conditions: You will have recognized your area of interest, handle a rising web site + e-mail record, and also you’re making some cash from your yoga enterprise. Not less than 1-year of instructing expertise.


8) Create an On-line Course

The net course business is over $100B yearly – now’s the time to discover it. Contemplate turning your data/expertise into a web based course. There are limitless alternatives within the yoga area: Intro to yoga, how to efficiently launch a yoga retreat, how to create a yoga sequence, and so on.

If anybody desires a million greenback thought: Create a “YTT course” with out the ‘instructing yoga’ half – good for individuals who need to study and deepen their very own follow (however don’t need to educate).

Anne and I earn a significant slice of our earnings from our on-line course, CreateBeautifulYogaWebsites. We stroll yoga academics by means of the method of making their very personal web site and educate the essential on-line advertising and marketing expertise (social media, e-mail advertising and marketing, running a blog, and so on).

If creating a web site and constructing a model on-line is one thing you could be concerned with, click here to access our FREE 3-part video training instructing you the way to create your personal web site and start advertising and marketing your self on-line. 


9) Run a Retreat Overseas

Except you’ve a thriving neighborhood and a respectable sized e-mail record, I wouldn’t pursue this selection. Many “large time” yoga academics battle to generate income with retreats and simply find yourself getting a free working trip. It doesn’t matter what you do, plan it tremendous far prematurely. Associate up with one other yoga trainer if it’s your first worldwide retreat.


10) Run a Native Retreat

Yoga Retreat

An ideal alternative for the primary time yoga retreat organizer! Much less planning, much less threat, and doubtlessly extra worthwhile! A lot of your college students need to go deeper into their yoga follow however don’t have the time/cash for a retreat in Costa Rica. Create a sexy provide inside Three hours driving distance from your metropolis. Get inventive with the placement: ski lodge, in nature, on a lake/river, and so on.


11) Create a “hybrid yoga retreat”

What goes properly with yoga? We’ve seen tons of nice hybrid retreats, such as: journey+yoga, scuba diving+yoga, mountaineering+yoga, browsing+yoga, and so on. Hybrid/combo retreats enchantment to individuals who have many various pursuits. Cough, cough, I match into the “have many various pursuits” class… oftentimes to a fault.


12) Provide Workshops

Develop a distinctive 2-Three hour workshop to ship at yoga studios. Contemplate your experience and what yoga college students are wanting to find out about. Going very particular/area of interest is a great way to improve the value of your workshop. Do you want touring? Pitch your workshop to studios whereas on the highway! Need to attain extra individuals? Document your workshop and promote it by means of your web site!

One in every of our shoppers Jen Stuart offers workshops on recovering from trauma with yoga.

Related: How to Create a Successful Yoga Workshop by Lindsay Calvert


13) Handle a company wellness program(s)

Staff are beginning to get up and demand company wellness applications from their employers. You may make large modifications in a company whereas incomes a regular earnings! You possibly can each educate lessons to the workers of a firm whereas managing the company wellness choices (spin, yoga, meditation rooms, vitamin planning, and so on).


14) Create a retail product serving the yoga neighborhood

Have you ever observed a want that’s not being fulfilled within the yoga area of interest? Or perhaps you’re very proficient at making jewellery? Both method, creating a bodily product is doubtlessly a profitable endeavor. We’ve seen clothes, yoga props, jewellery, and lots of extra turn out to be profitable. You possibly can take a look at out how widespread your product is on Etsy earlier than investing in your personal web site.

Our pal Jessica created a yoga many firm referred to as YOGO. They promote the best traveling yoga mat on the market; we love this factor.


15) Promote lessons/meditations by means of your web site

Online Yoga Teacher

Do you want being on digital camera? Possibly it’s time to report a few lessons or a guided meditation. You possibly can provide these lessons by means of your web site!

Protip: give away a free class in change for signing up for your e-mail record! Email lists are the most effective way to build long distance relationships with your readers and ultimately promote your service/product.

Related: 10 Ways to Monetize your Yoga Website 


16) Grow to be the supervisor at your native studio

Are you tremendous organized and like working with individuals? Contemplate managing your favourite studio! Not solely will you improve your complete earnings and have extra regular hours, however additionally, you will perceive the inside workings of proudly owning a studio.

What about proudly owning a yoga studio? Sadly that is a very difficult enterprise to run. The economics of yoga studios aren’t very engaging. In different phrases they’re a lot of labor and aren’t very worthwhile. No shock why studios can’t pay their academics very a lot.


17) Life teaching / consulting

Are you a good listener? Have you ever mastered a particular course of? Possibly it’s time you began providing your experience in a 1×1 format. Choices embrace: well being teaching, vitamin teaching, enterprise teaching/consulting, and so on. Serving to yoga academics construct their enterprise is one in every of our favourite income streams right here at

Related: Hire a Coach to Transform your Yoga Business by Jenna @ TheExploringYogini


18) Mentor new yoga academics

Over 15,000+ individuals turn out to be licensed to educate yoga every year within the US alone and that quantity is barely rising by the day! Keep in mind while you first began instructing? Think about how useful a mentor would have been! You possibly can work 1×1 with yoga academics and even create a web based course that continues the educational from YTT applications.


19) Create your personal hybrid yoga+music act

It’s no secret that many individuals like music with their yoga. Contemplate creating an expertise that includes stay music with yoga and acting at festivals and different occasions.

Claire Thompson created Yoga of Bass permitting her to carry out at aware festivals throughout the globe. We attended her yoga class whereas being bathed in bass music at Oregon Eclipse Festival in 2017.

Related: How to Teach Yoga at a Festival 


20) Submit sponsored content material on your social media + web site

As soon as your on-line following begins to develop, take into account partnering with yoga/area of interest manufacturers. They are going to pay you for mentioning them on your web site/social media.

Keep in mind: Keep away from partnering with manufacturers you don’t help – it is going to harm your credibility!



21) Create a web based yoga studio

You possibly can report yoga lessons within the consolation of your dwelling, then add them to a web site that handles the supply and the transactions for you. There are tons of “streaming yoga websites” however we like Namastream since you retain extra management (organising costs, resolve what kinds of content material to ship, promote premium merchandise, and so on.)


Superior Income Alternatives ($$$)

These are the flagship merchandise. They require years of expertise, months of planning, and loads of arduous work. Efficiently implementing any of those alternatives has the potential to improve your earnings (and optimistic impression on the planet) to beforehand unimagined ranges. Most yoga entrepreneurs say that large private development was required to make it to this stage.

Conditions: You’re making a respectable dwelling from your enterprise + have a thriving on-line neighborhood that you perceive deeply. You’ve been instructing or working your enterprise for at the least Three years.


22) Create your personal certification program

Do you’ve your personal distinctive model of yoga? Or perhaps your personal inventive/inventive model? Contemplate creating a certification program and instructing others your model! Certifications can vary from a full on program down to a laser centered weekend intensive. Many applications depend in the direction of the Yoga Alliance persevering with training credit.

Our expensive pal Sofiah Thom is providing a Temple Body Arts certification program developing in June of 2018 in Costa Rica. This system is a tantric path to reclaiming your female energy.


23) Create a Premium Area of interest On-line Group

Are you tremendous organized and luxuriate in facilitating occasions? Contemplating creating a area of interest on-line neighborhood (like a discussion board) the place like minded individuals can study, share, and work together. Every member pays you a small quantity one another and also you present premium content material and facilitate studying and development on a particular subject.

The maths is fairly highly effective… If 500 individuals every paid you $20/month you’d earn $10,000/month.

Our pal Erica created which connects touring yoga academics with job alternatives overseas. We’re large followers of their area of interest and we love the staff over at Yoga Commerce.


24) Run your personal Yoga Instructor Coaching

It’s no secret that Yoga Instructor Coaching is extremely profitable for yoga studios ($2,000 – $5,000 per particular person). In case you have a mountain of expertise and a sturdy advertising and marketing channel, this may very well be a nice possibility.

Earlier than contemplating this selection: we advocate both proudly owning a studio or having a massive e-mail record + thriving on-line neighborhood.


25) Write a e book

Do you’ve a fountain of information/expertise on a subject that nobody else is speaking about? Possibly it’s time to share your reward with the world. Nevertheless, don’t take this endeavor calmly, it’s a ton of labor and solely a small share of books generate income. Fortunately, self-publishing is changing into very accessible and fairly efficient!


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One final thing about cash…

Most individuals didn’t get into instructing yoga for cash. We already bought into the unhappy state of common yoga teacher earnings above.

Nevertheless that doesn’t imply full-time yoga academics needs to be dwelling on the road. Moderately, yoga academics ought to give you the option to make a respectable dwelling as lengthy as they diversify exterior the studio. Is that an excessive amount of to ask for?


Time to take motion.

Your future is not going to create itself. Now that you understand how to generate income instructing yoga, it’s time to take motion.

What’s one factor you are able to do in the present day to transfer nearer in the direction of your targets?

Listed below are some concepts:

  • Create your personal web site [right here’s a free guide to get you started]
  • E mail 5 yoga studios (or corporations) the place you need to educate
  • Brainstorm a record of 10 issues your preferrred pupil/shopper faces (how will you resolve them?)
  • Begin constructing your e-mail record (we use and advocate Convertkit

Thanks for stopping by.

We really feel so lucky to mix our love for yoga with our enterprise expertise to empower different yoga academics with the enterprise and advertising and marketing expertise required to construct sustainable yoga careers.

Till subsequent time,

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