One of the ancient forms of keeping the body healthy, yoga is today a highly accepted
form of exercise. Since meditation is also a part of yoga, it is essentially seen
as a remedy for all kinds of mental stress and strain. Today it is accepted that
with yoga a number of health problems can be treated and cured. With the increase
in the popularity of yoga, there is a great demand for the professionals for the
role of yoga instructors to impart the training to aspirants interested in learning
yoga. Besides being a yoga instructor, there are opportunities for the role of yoga
therapists who are more advanced in the learning of yoga techniques.
There are many colleges and educational institutions that offer an undergraduate
degree course in Yoga therapy, and Yoga and meditation. Minimum qualification to
be a yoga instructor or a yoga therapist would be an undergraduate degree in yoga.
There are many yoga teacher training programs conducted which could lead to a job
of a yoga teacher in educational institutions and yoga learning centers.
Apart from the academic qualification and the certification to be a yoga instructor
it is also essential that they possess some of the following skills that include:
Skills to motivate others to believe in yoga
Communication and interpersonal skills
Strong determination and will power to practice the most difficult “asanas” or yogic
How to become a Yoga instructor / therapist
To become a yoga teacher, instructor or therapist, it is essential that the person
undertake a long training session to be completely familiar with all the asana and
the rules of yoga postures. The benefits of each posture must also be known to the
person. So an in-depth knowledge, practical experience and academic training all
put together can lead a person to a very successful career in yoga.
The role of the yoga instructor, teacher and therapist has many responsibilities
- Training people in the “asanas” of yoga
- Teaching the people the proper method of meditation
- Explaining the health benefits of each yogic “asanas”
- Informing the right food habits, lifestyle changes if required and basically giving
information about living a higher quality of life.
A wide choice of careers in the sphere of yoga include, teaching, training and being
involved in the same in various industries. Today with tourism being connected with
healthy living in many parts of India it is possible to be connected to a health
resort to provide yoga training to tourists from all over the world.
A highly lucrative salary can be expected by a yoga trainer or teacher but it would
largely depend on the area or the industry in which they are working. If connected
as a trainer to a school, the level of the salary range would not be so high in
comparison to the salary that can be expected by a yoga trainer who is connected
to a 5-star rated health resort or hotel.