As a yoga teacher, we know that yoga knowledge and teaching is not limited to 200 hours or 500 hours that we learned from Yoga Teacher Training Courses. It is in every corner of this world, every moment of this life. Every one of us, yoga practitioners, continue to learn and grow, in our own way. And we need fuel, energy, and inspiration along this path. Where can we find them?
If you need a complete guide for yoga teachers to earn, learn and grow, head on to this complete yoga teacher guidebook. It is consolidated and summarized from my 3 articles below:
- Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 1 – How to increase earnings as a yoga teacher
- Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 2 – Resources for yoga teachers
- Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 3 – Best tools for yoga teachers
Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 1 is NOT to show you how to become a millionaire as a yoga teacher, but to show you how to make a decent living as a yoga teacher. Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 2 is a database of amazing resources that help yoga teachers learn and grow. Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 3 shows you different set of tools that make your life, as a yoga teacher, much easier and more productive.
Now, let’s explore Part 2 – some amazing resources to help us learn and grow as yoga teachers.
Summary of Contents
TEACH – RESOURCES FOR TEACHING YOGA
1. Further training/learning for yoga teachers
There is no end to knowledge, especially when it comes to yoga. To be able to grow as a yoga teacher, we should always keep practising and learning. Further training, advanced yoga courses and workshops are a common way to grow as a yoga teacher. However, with time, geography and even budget limitations, we often can’t fit in these training opportunities. So why not explore online courses and training for yoga teachers?
Here are some of the amazing resources for your thirst of further yoga training.
- GLO – It is an online yoga platform for everyone. However, GLO has a dedicated section called “Courses” which is really great for yoga teachers who would like to deepen and advance their yoga practice. Glo courses can be applied to the non-contact hours for Yoga Alliance teacher training.
- 90 Monkeys for online classes with content ranging from yoga teaching to professional development.
- Yoga and Ayurveda Center
- Yoga Synergy:
- Yoga Teacher Central: Go here for some amazing yoga resources, including a guide for monthly strategic planning for your yoga classes. It is mostly a member-only site, but they do have some free resources for you to access.
2. Useful platforms for yoga teachers
- Yoga Trail: To add your classes to a local directory
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use network to keep your students updated with your classes, workshops and events, then check out Yoga Trail. Here, your students can follow you and easily access your upcoming teaching schedule, including retreats and special events.
Yoga Trail also allows students who join the network to search classes and workshops in their area. This simple network search will allow your classes and events to be seen by potential new students, which is a great way to continue building a following.
- Yoga Trade: To teach yoga on the go
Join the Yoga Trade community and discover inspiring new ways to work, travel, and trade around the globe. Yoga Trade is brilliant in its concept, beautiful in its aesthetics and powerful in its ability to follow through with networking opportunities.
- Yoga Travel Jobs: To find teaching opportunities around the world
Yoga Travel Jobs was formed to create a space for wellness practitioners to learn, connect and grow. Its mission is to support yogis and spiritual seekers on their journey. It offers a selection of some of the most incredible teaching opportunities around the world.
3. Online teaching platforms for yoga teachers
Even though we believe it is the best to teach yoga in a traditional way when there is a real connection between teachers and students, we would still like to suggest yoga teachers explore the power of online teaching. Your teachings via any online platforms will be very much appreciated to those people who could not access to yoga studio facilities or simply have no time for it.
So check out these sites and spend some time to browse their contents before you decide if teaching online is a great option for you.
4. Yoga Music
“What was the song that you played during savasana?” is one of the most common questions you will receive as a yoga teacher. Finding and creating a great yoga playlist requires lots of effort, but it also helps create a powerful experience for your students.
Music during yoga classes generally creates a positive experience. However, some teachers and students prefer to not play music at all during classes and some only play music during a certain part of the class. So if you appreciate the powerful effect of music during yoga practice, here are some great yoga music playlists for your yoga class.
Online streaming music
For royalty-free music, we recommend YouTube’s Free Audio Library. It offers a free music library for you to browse and create your own list. This is a great resource for those who would like to choose music without copyright quickly. A lot of songs are really great for yoga. So check it out.
If you have a Spotify account, save these below playlists. Be prepared to receive questions asking about the names of the playlists at the end of the class!
Downloadable yoga music / playlist
This beautiful yoga playlist by Beinks, with 50 piano songs, will help you reconnect to your body, journey inward, and offer the unconditional love you know you deserve. The playlist is downloadable.
WRITE – RESOURCES FOR WRITING YOGA CONTENTS
Writing is a powerful process to learn and grow as a yoga teacher. Through writing, yoga teachers learn how to consolidate, convert their knowledge into words that can be easily understood by others. Once we are able to express it in the form of writing, our understanding about it is definitely enhanced.
The benefits of writing about yoga are tremendous, both for us as yoga teachers and for others as readers/practitioners. Writing is also one of the four strategies for yoga teachers to enhance their income. So, keep writing and never stop writing. Refer to these great resources below before you write.
To write about something, you need to have ideas or some forms of references. Head on to these sites, and for sure you will leave with plenty of ideas and inspirations about what to write.
To convert ideas and thoughts into words, it requires time and effort. If you love to have some powerful help, check out these tools to become much more efficient in writing as a yoga teacher. Another thing to consider is the content type or format. It could be a long-form in-depth online article, an infographic design, a PDF, an e-book for download. It all depends on what you write and who your audience is.
3. Distribution of content
Lots of people spend most of their time to write contents, but ignore the content distribution part. If you are happy that this content is only for you and your circle of friends, it is fine. However, if your contents are great, is it better to share them with more people?
So apart from your own website, your newsletter subscribers, and your social media channels, consider to reach out to these content platforms below:
- LinkedIn Pulse
- PR Newswire
TALK – RESOURCES FOR MAKING YOGA VIDEOS & PODCASTS
Podcast is getting so popular these days, including yoga podcasts. As a yoga teacher, you should definitely explore these free resources to learn, to grow, and to get inspired. Check out these podcasts, which will help you become a better yoga teacher.
Michelle Linane, yoga lover, teacher and student, is bringing you conversations with teachers from around the globe. Her podcast is designed to educate, inspire and help you create the yoga career of your dreams.
A smart, intellectual podcast, Yoga Talks with J. Brown, is about everything happening in the yoga world. From yoga philosophy to the business of yoga, to subjects unrelated to yoga, J and his guests always have something interesting to say. J. Brown does not shy away from the tough topics!
This podcast by Mado Hesselink shares information, support, and inspiration for yoga teachers. Topics include the business of yoga, teaching skills, philosophy, ethical and legal considerations, and more.
Ashtanga Dispatch podcast interviews respected teachers and practitioners of the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
In her podcast Amanda shares insights and interviews around the business of yoga. This podcast is a fascinating, insider look at things like starting your own yoga studio, running a teacher training, and creating a global yoga brand.
Rachal Brathan, aka Yoga Girl shares her deeply honest views about topics like motherhood, yoga and wellbeing, entrepreneurship, manifesting your dreams and much more.
Amy McDonald’s podcast is offered as a weekly conversation for yoga teachers and holistic practitioners who are looking to create an abundant business without feeling fake, or pushy.
This is the podcast for all yoga teachers who are ready to make a bigger impact and earn money online. Each week you’ll learn about websites, digital products, social media strategies and what’s working now to build your online business.
Youtube has everything. It is an amazing resource for everyone, for any topics, including yoga. If you would like to broaden your knowledge about yoga, or want to gain some experience before starting your own Youtube yoga channel, you should have a look at these inspiring Youtubers and their channels. Definitely, you will get inspired.
With over 4.8 million subscribers, Adriene Mishler is the undisputed queen of YouTube yoga.
The Purple Valley channel regularly features classes with renowned instructors. It’s also ripe with overall wellness tips, chanting and meditation videos, and videos that break down the basics of Ayurveda.
Body Positive Yoga founder Amber Karnes is super open about her own relationship with her body, and addresses topics like how to handle negative thoughts and resist the pressure of diet culture, to encourage her followers to develop greater self-compassion and confidence both on and off the mat.
If you’re interested in focusing on the more spiritual aspects of yoga, such as breathwork, chanting, and hand gestures, Spirit Voyage is a wonderful channel to help you get familiar with kundalini. The ultimate goal is spiritual transformation, but in the meantime, all the breathwork is incredibly energizing.
If you’re looking for more technical instructions and help to nail the right physical alignment of each pose, you’ll adore yoga instructor Candace Moore.
Hunter offers a number of guided meditation videos in addition to her yoga classes, which lean on the relaxing-and-restorative side. I highly recommend checking out Faith’s channel when you’re searching for a soothing flow with a soulful quality, rather than just a physical workout.
The Yoga Room totally sounds like a cosy place where you’d want to hang out, and this warm and fuzzy feeling definitely extends to its YouTube channel as well. The studio’s owner, Zelinda Yañez, welcomes us all into her Texas-based studio with tutorials and yoga flows for those seeking a gentle, therapeutic practice.
Yoga Journal’s YouTube channel offers everything from sequences for beginners, to morning meditation, to breathing practices.
Ekhart’s videos offer almost anything you can think of in the yoga realm, and while some will take just a few minutes out of your day, other videos are 20 and 30 minutes.
It’ll take some dedication to get through Tara Stiles’ 10 years of video uploads. Whether you need a quick flow to relax after a long day of work or you’re working on your flexibility, Tara’s got you covered.
When you watch Sara Beth’s yoga videos, you’ll feel like you’re right in the studio with your favourite instructor. She’s been uploading yoga flows since 2012, releasing both relaxing sessions as well as strength classes for when you really want to work up a sweat.
For five years, Kassandra Reinhardt has been helping yogis with weekly videos in many different styles–from Yin Yoga and Vinyasa to Hatha and restorative.
SELL – RESOURCES FOR SELLING YOGA PRODUCTS
Yoga teachers are human. They can’t just breathe in the air to survive. Off the mats, we are all the same. We all struggle for a living. It is tough for yoga teachers to make a decent life without having another side job.
So don’t be shy if you need to sell a product to earn extra income. You can share your opinion and recommendation for an amount of income. The important thing is you need to love and trust the quality of the products enough to sell them. Never sell things that you are not comfortable with.
1. Apply to become a wholesaler
If you have used some yoga products and you think that they can be wonderful products for other yogis, try to promote and sell them. You love the products. Most likely, others will appreciate them too.
Most brands have their wholesale pricing that discounts up to 40% the retail price. So go ahead and apply for wholesale pricing so you can resell the products with a margin.
Start with the essential yoga products such as yoga mats, or yoga props (like yoga bags, yoga straps, blocks, bolsters, meditation cushions, essential oils). Yoga wear and fitness attire, yes, you can consider these products too. But we find that there is over-consumption for fashion and clothing, so not sure you should be part of this fashion game.
Consider these brands for their high-quality products:
2. Apply for Affiliate programs
Affiliate programs are getting more and more popular these days. It might sound alien to many of us, but basically, affiliate programs are any programs that reward you with a commission for any customers you refer.
For example, Beinks has an affiliate program that rewards a commission of up to 15% on any yoga mat sold. You need to register for the affiliate program, share your view about their products by way of writing quality contents and reviews.
You will be surprised that people love hearing your opinion and reading your words. Some of them will be converted into buyers; hence your commission is paid, and your income will slowly increase.
I highly recommend you should have already used these products before registering for any affiliate programs. Once you really love and trust their products, it is most likely people will also appreciate these quality products like you.
Stripe is a payment platform that allows individuals and businesses to make and receive payments online. It accepts all kinds of credit cards, and the fee is slightly better than Paypal. So if you would like to collect online payments from your clients or students, consider using Stripe.