Yoga is gaining popularity, because it is believed that it improves the physical health and mental state of a person. Yoga is an ancient doctrine that is covered in a halo of mystery. Hence, there is an opinion that only a “dedicated” person can teach. How to become a yoga instructor and get a job? Let's find the answer together.
There is some truth in this statement, since yoga is not just a set of exercises, but a certain worldview. Those who believe that they are ready to master the teachings, improve physically and spiritually, can become instructors in a short time. It all depends on individual abilities.
The path to yoga instructors is this. Sometimes out of pure curiosity or to improve health, a person goes to courses. After 3-5 years, you will understand that you can teach. However, it is not a fact that if you do yoga for a long time, you will be able to become an instructor. To become a master and achieve success, you will have to undergo additional training. Two different things - to train yourself at home and train students.
In answering the question of how to become a yoga instructor, consider the following points.
- Where to get an education?
- How long will it take to learn and what will be the result?
- Why do you want to become a yoga instructor?
We will deal with the questions step by step and start with the last one.
Why become a yoga instructor?
Definitely not to make a million, since the yoga teacher doesn’t receive such money. As practice shows, the average payment per person is 300-500 rubles per lesson and for the most part depends on the region of teaching. In private lessons, pay is higher. Field seminars cost about 15,000 rubles a week on average.
Do not forget that the name of the coach plays a major role, and you only have to gain fame and reputation. For beginners, a lot is not clear, for example, how the new work will affect the quality of their own practice. After all, it is known that many instructors reduce their own practice, because there is no moral strength. Once an attractive occupation becomes just a job and does not bring satisfaction. But do not despair, this rarely happens, and, most often, teaching becomes an incentive to increase your own level of skill.
Many become yoga instructors because they feel happier through classes. What is not the motivation to start the practice? However, there are no guarantees that it will succeed in this direction. Therefore, there is no guarantee that career in this industry will be successful. Therefore, before you start the practice, it is worth understanding the motivation and ideas, so as not to experience deep disappointment in the future.
What do you need to learn?
If you have made a choice and know why you need to become a yoga coach, you will need basic knowledge in the following areas:
- human physiology;
- safety injuries.
In addition, you will have to study:
- yoga story;
- classic texts;
- main areas and schools of yoga.
Start by studying the theoretical basis, because yoga is not only a set of physical exercises, but also a philosophical and mental component.
The first information about yoga was found during excavations of the ancient cities of Harrapp and Mohenjo Daro. On the discovered seals, images of deities sitting in a yoga pose are visible.Similar images were found in Latin America.
Necessarily need knowledge in the field of traditional, preserved today, the system of Indian medicine - Ayurveda and biomechanics. To master the practice of asanas, the main set of exercises both "in flow" and in statics. Know basic pranayama, the oldest technique of yogis that helps a person control prana (the free energy of the cosmos) through self-regulation of breathing. Learn shatkarma, which means 6 steps of purification or cleansing action. This is the general name for body cleansing, which is used in hatha yoga. Some schools of shatkarma put in the first place and believe that until the student has mastered the purification practice, he should not proceed to the next stages of learning.
You will have to master various methods that will help to correctly coordinate individual and group training sequences, learn to notice and correct students' mistakes.
The above is included in the required course of study. For a yoga instructor, one very important quality is needed - empathy. This is a certain ability to empathize when a person shares other people's feelings and emotions. Empathy will help to predict actions and understand the motives of even inexplicable actions of people around. If the teacher and the student are not on the same wavelength, if the teacher does not feel the students, does not understand their condition and feelings, does not give useful advice, it is better not to teach yoga at all.
Where to get the skills?
If you touch on this issue and indicate the educational institutions, the article will pass for advertising. Information is easy to find on the Internet. One thing to note is that schools for training yoga instructors are open in all major cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Khabarovsk, Samara, Yekaterinburg and others.
Price run for courses varies from 30,000 to 300,000 rubles. Suggestions for training, duration and filling are almost the same, with the exception of a number of courses where instructors have rather stringent requirements. For example, in order to enroll in courses at such a school, the obligatory recommendation of the teacher from whom you studied for at least 2 years is required. Training in such courses lasts at least 3 years.
Each is individual, not to mention uniqueness, so you have to choose the technique that you especially need. During the lessons, they undergo a full theoretical and practical course, where they get acquainted with the methodology of some parts of yoga:
- Wellness. Strengthens the musculoskeletal system and spine, corrects it and helps stop slouching.
- Intense. Develops the maximum capabilities of the physical body of a person, energy and mental body.
- Energy. Increases the energy potential of a person and his consciousness.
- Chakral. Creates the harmony of the subconscious system.
- Ayurvedic. Creates the harmony of the psychophysical state, teaches to heal and heal the body.
If you decide to become an instructor in reality, and not with a certificate in your hands, go through all the stages of training. According to the standards of the International Yoga Federation, there are 3 levels of qualification - instructor, trainer and master. Everyone who decides to teach begins with an instructor after taking a course of seminars, passing exams and receiving a certificate.
Training at a specialized school of instructors at the Yoga Federation in Russia meets international standards. Graduates of the school without additional exams receive diplomas and fall into the registers of popular international yoga organizations. Training takes place according to a developed and approved program that meets international standards.
Some centers offer to master the course "work with energy", meditation or learn to read past lives. It's a fake copy. The head of a real yoga teacher is not full of supernatural, he does not load the heads of students with all kinds of “trash”.A spiritual teacher or abbot is another.
A fake can be found in another way: at the end of the course a “state diploma” is issued. There is no such thing in nature, the maximum that you can count on after completing courses is a certificate (sometimes a diploma) of advanced training. The document is issued by the center where the training took place. Often, after successful training, they offer work in the same center (club).
Most often, courses are chosen, given the convenient location and the proven teaching staff. If there are well-known instructors and clubs where the course programs comply with international standards, and you trust them, study in such a school (club).
You do not have to get an education just to become an instructor. The knowledge gained will bring a lot of new and useful skills that will be useful for broadening one's horizons.
How to get a job
Qualified teachers do not experience labor when applying for work in fitness centers (clubs). They can give private lessons, hold seminars or master classes, which are of increasing interest among the population.
Whatever the path, the realities of the world dictate their conditions when a good resume is indispensable. A resume is compiled depending on how you learn yoga. If you have taken the course “Tibetan monastery”, attach a video to the resume, which shows what skills you have. Then, feel free to send your resume to fitness centers and sports facilities. Can become individual entrepreneur, organize your own school and teach.
To become a professional yoga instructor, it will take more than one year of practice. If you compare yoga with power fitness, then in it, if you start from scratch, you can’t achieve a quick result. After 2-3 years, the first successful results will come.
Sometimes with constant practice comes a complete reassessment of values, and a person changes his past lifestyle. Yoga is a technique that you pass through yourself, after which it becomes necessary to transfer knowledge to others. Yoga instructor, the same trainer who improves mastery, constantly learns and transfers knowledge to students.