International Yoga Day: How To Become A Yoga Instructor

People have become more health conscious in the recent times to deal with the stress caused by many things in this competitive world. Most of the individuals have started considering a fitness regimen as the best option for their well-being. Many have started turning to yoga which also provides peace and calmness along with fitness.

Yoga, a Sanskrit word which means "union", i.e., of the mind, spirit and body, has earned special recognition from the United Nations for which it has declared June 21st as International Yoga Day. It received the global stature due to its principles in treatment which are without any side effects. Yoga concentrates on structured movement (Asanas) and breathing exercises (Pranayama), which are its integral parts.

Yoga Careers This International Yoga Day

It is widely accepted that yoga has been curing diseases such as asthma, diabetes and others. Yoga is even acclaimed for producing instant energy with its techniques. Though yoga was born somewhere in the northern parts of India, it has crossed the oceans and gained attention with its positive techniques. There is a steep increase in demand for yoga instructors, especially after declaring June 21st as International Yoga Day in the year 2014. With a professional qualification, one can find opportunities across the world. Let's tour the career opportunities and courses available.

How To Pursue Yoga Courses?

A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered in yoga. With 10+2 or its equivalent from a recognised board, one can pursue undergraduate programmes in yoga. For postgraduate courses, one should possess at least a three-year bachelor's degree in any stream. However, preference will be given to philosophy graduates.

Apart from the undergraduate and postgraduate courses, diploma and certificate courses in yoga are also there. Though a qualification is not necessary for taking up some jobs related to yoga, a certificate would indicate your interest and enhance your opportunities.

Top Courses In Yoga

1. PG Diploma in yoga therapy
2. Bachelor of Arts (Yoga)
3. Master of Arts (Yoga)
4. Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS)
5. Advanced Teachers' Training Course in yoga

Skills Required

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Willpower
  • Penchant for yoga

Career Opportunities

The required qualification and training are essential to get professional jobs related to yoga. It received immense popularity in not just curing dreadful diseases but also in preventing them as well. There are a plethora of opportunities after acquiring formal professional education and training in yoga. Some of the most popular professions are yoga aerobics instructor, yoga therapist, yoga instructor, yoga teacher, trainer/instructor at health clubs and research officer in yoga.

Yoga instructors can find opportunities in gyms, schools, health centres, yoga studios, resorts, TV channels, NGOs, yoga schools along with fitness training centres. One can even become a personal instructor to celebrities, athletes, politicians and others.

Yoga therapists' responsibility is to use breathing exercises besides yoga postures and meditation to improve the client's physical and mental health. Those who have opted for this profession can start their own yoga therapy unit or can find employment in health and spa centres.

One can also find opportunities as a studio owner, a studio manager, a festival organiser, a brand ambassador, a retail salesperson, a yoga researcher and an entrepreneur.

Pay Packages In Yoga

Most of them enter this profession with an aim of service or mental peace. Though the pay varies from one designation to another, freshers can start their career in this field with a respectable amount. On an average, a yoga instructor with two or more years of experience can earn more than five lakhs. This profession will get more lucrative with popularity. However, the sky is the limit for the pay structure overseas.

Top Institutes In India

1. Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Uttarakhand
2. Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Pune
3. Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi
4. International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, Bangalore
5. Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nasik
6. Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat
7. Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra
8. SDM College of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences, Karnataka
9. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Uttar Pradesh
10. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi Kendra

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