Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Yoga Instructor Career Opportunities

Yoga is an ancient Indian form of exercise to promote your physical and mental health and well-being. Its immense benefits have made it popular all over the world in the last 50 years. When yoga was introduced to the United States initially, people found it to be a somewhat funny way to exercise. Most people dismissed it as a passing fad.

However, yoga not only lasted beyond all expectations, but has grown into a lucrative career and business opportunity for many yoga experts and even non-yoga individuals who aspire to make a career in this area. With the increasing stress levels in the society, many people are looking for alternative and complementary ways to support their health. This is where yoga is proving to be immensely useful with its tangible health-promoting properties.

Growing Demand for Yoga Instructors
In many parts of the United States today, you can find thousands of yoga instructors providing yoga training and conducting yoga sessions to Americans in various age groups. Yoga classes are usually packed with people who are looking for safe and healthy alternative solutions for their physical and mental well-being. There is a consistent demand for qualified and experienced yoga instructors in most of the major cities across the country.

Television, radio, and newspapers have done their bit to popularize yoga by portraying it as a proven safe and effective way to enhance your general health. A number of celebrities over the years have acknowledged the benefits they received through yoga techniques, thereby contributing to the popularity of this form of exercise. Several leading fitness centers, sports facilities, and healthcare facilities are hiring trained yoga instructors to satisfy the demand of their clients who are clamoring to learn yoga.

Well-paid Profession
Yoga teaching is fast becoming a fairly well-paid profession, considering the rising interest among the people in this form of exercise and the relative dearth of trained and qualified yoga instructors. When a yoga instructor works as an employee of a large facility, he or she can expect to earn a salary that is commensurate with their skills and experience as an instructor. If the popularity of the teacher grows and the facility receives a larger number of students, the salary will grow in proportion.

Some enterprising yoga instructors are also running their own private yoga classes. This can result in higher earnings as long as the instructor receives a regular stream of students. Yoga classes are usually paid for on a per head per class basis. Some yoga instructors work a regular job in another field, and take yoga classes in their spare time, often times in the evenings, or over the weekends to make some addition money. In a dire economy, this only makes more sense.

Attributes of a Yoga Instructor
A professional yoga instructor must have the necessary skills and qualifications before he or she can take classes as a teacher. A thorough understanding of various yoga techniques and exercises is the most basic requirement. The teacher must also be an excellent communicator so that he or she can inspire, motivate, and engage the students to achieve the goals of the yoga class.

Alan Cohen, president of FitnessJobs.com and YogsJobs.com, is a leading expert in health and fitness related careers in the United States. He can be reached by phone at 800-259-4397 or by email alan@fitnessjobs.com.