Congratulations! Finally, you have become a yoga teacher! You must have made a brave and surprising switch from your previous job to this yoga teaching path. Teaching yoga is one of the best things we can do for people around us, and for our own self as we will grow so much along this path. 

However, there are also quite a number of challenges and obstacles that you should be aware of, if you would like to make yoga teaching as a career. Just know that many yoga teachers ahead of you already faced similar challenges and difficulties. Look who they have become and how much they have grown now.

The most common obstacle that yoga teachers encounter is MONEY and TIME. I am sorry to be straight-forward. But unless you are having a big savings that can support you and your family for this life (or the next), you might also fall into the same vicious circle.  Many yoga teachers find it very tough to survive from the sole income of teaching yoga. But some seem doing really well. What are their secrets? How could they do that?

I think every yoga teacher has the same kind of challenges. The difference is which teachers realize them earlier and have developed clever strategies to overcome them; hence they survive and grow. Those who realize the issues too late, they would have been burnt out by then and consequently give up on this path. If you find yourself struggle with making a living and need some guidelines to make things better, this yoga teacher guide is for you.  It is consolidated and summarized from my 3 articles below:

  1. Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 1 – How to increase earnings as a yoga teacher
  2. Yoga Teacher Guide – Part 2 – Resources for yoga teachers
  3. 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 dive in to this yoga teacher guide and if you have time, bookmark the other 3 articles for further reading after.


Current situation of a yoga teacher’s earning

The income can range significantly from the top to bottom of yoga teachers. While most teachers earn less than $30,000 per year, some teachers (not many of them) earn $300,000 or more. But for those teachers who earn a lot, they all have the same success formula: diversify the income outside teaching for yoga studios. Put it another way, they receive incomes from other sources. 

The 4 strategies for a successful yoga teacher (in terms of wealth)


Back to basic. Back to where you started. You have become a yoga teacher. So your main thing is to teach. But don’t limit yourself to only teaching for yoga studios. Expand your horizons. Below are some suggestions that you might consider for your yoga teaching. 

    1. Teach at local studios or gyms
    2. Teach private lessons
    3. Teach yoga for corporate / workplace
    4. Teach yoga online
    5. Host local retreats
    6. Offer workshops
    7. Open a home studio
    8. Teach TTC (teacher training course)


We all know people love reading, but they are generally too busy or too lazy to write. They love someone writing their thoughts on their behalf. Or they simply love to read an opinion from someone else. People love reading. And you do what people don’t want to do. You write! 

    1. Start blogging
    2. Write reviews
    3. Start affiliate programs
    4. Write an e-Book
    5. Write contents for publications and magazines
    6. Write and post sponsored contents


Here are 3 ways to talk to improve your earnings as a yoga teacher. Pick one that is most suitable for you and get it started!

    1. Start a podcast 
    2. Become an Ambassador, Influencer or KOL (key opinion leaders)
    3. Create your own YouTube channel


    1. Sell products 
    2. Create your own brand


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