How much do yoga teachers make

“The longer you’re not taking action the more money you’re losing.” – Carrie

Yoga teachers, like any other professional, often have this question in mind: What is their hourly rate, and how much will they make or earn? Well, like any job, many struggle to get the right work with the standard salary in the industry. Also, it depends on what type of yoga class you are teaching and for how many hours.

Are you taking a part-time yoga class or a full-time instructor? Do you have your own yoga business or space to teach yoga, or do you have a rented one, or are you on the payroll of a yoga studio?

Also, the teacher’s hourly rate or your earnings as a yoga teacher varies from city to city, and your teaching mode, offline or online, is streamed from your space. Many factors are considered when asking this question: how much do yoga teachers make?

How much do yoga teachers make country-wise?

Yoga pay rates
Class rates can vary from $50 for a new teacher at a small studio to $85 for experienced teachers at an established and well-known studio.

Here is what the research and surveys speak about how much yoga teachers make country-wise.

SourceLowAverageHigh$30k per year$38k per year$78k per year
2018 Occupational Outlook Handbook$19,640 per year$39,210 per year$74,520 per year$7.25 per hour$27.51 per hour$69.25 per hour

What is the yoga teacher’s hourly rate?

According to Dina Tsouluhas, co-owner and teacher at Moksha Yoga Montreal Canada, the yoga teacher hourly rate or the salary of a yoga instructor ranges somewhat, depending on the size and location of the studio, but usually begins at about $45 for a one-hour session and increases by $5 per class each year up to a maximum of $75.

Experienced yoga instructors can teach between 10 and 12 classes per week and are also able to supplement their income with private and corporate classes, which range from $60 to $100 a session.

The hourly rate for yoga teachers ranges from $7.25 to $69.25. The rate is negotiable based on experience, style, and following.

Class rates can vary from $35 per class for a new teacher at a small studio to $75 per class for experienced teachers at an established and well-known studio.

According to the Payscale site, the following is the country-wise yoga teacher’s hourly rate:

CountryHourly Rate

According to PayScale, yoga instructors earn an average of $24.96 per hour. Lower pay rates for yoga teachers are around $12.66 per hour, while higher rates can reach $49.94 or more.

How do I earn more as a yoga teacher?

Younga Yoga Studio - Wollongong
Younga Yoga Studio – Wollongong- Yoga Class in Progress

Now that you know the standard hourly and yearly rate as a yoga teacher, most of you want to earn more. You know there is tough competition in this industry, as new yoga studios are popping up near you daily, and you are finding it difficult to get students to your yoga class. You must diversify your income by earning money outside the yoga studio or get another job to fulfil your financial expectations.

Here is what you need to do to earn more as a yoga teacher:

Take advantage of the latest technology and make yourself stand apart from others. You can do so by creating your own yoga website, getting an affordable and local booking system for your yoga class, which takes care of your marketing and your yoga studio or class, and moving out of your traditional web and getting going with what the world demands.

If you are a new yoga teacher with a 200 HR YTT and you wish to increase your income, then you can:

  • Teach yoga to beginners from your yoga space or take a private yoga class. Whether online or offline, a private class can earn you $80 or more.
  • Join any college or nearby community to teach yoga.
  • Take corporate yoga classes at offices
  • Create your yoga website and showcase your yoga practice or podcast by blogging or posting videos online.

Yoga instructors who create their online studios earn an average of $4,200 monthly. For such pro and smart yogis, the hourly rate of a yoga teacher is not a thing to worry about.

If you are an experienced yoga teacher with one year or more of experience, then:

  • Switch to an online environment and create a yoga sequence online for students.
  • Take a Yoga workshop or partner with other yoga teachers for a yoga retreat.
  • Join any organization or corporate world and create a wellness program for the staff.
  • Tie up with a retailer and be their brand ambassador.
  • Sell your own yoga products as a side business on your yoga website. Start with Apparel: t-shirts, yoga pants, hoodies, etc. Then, move on to equipment: mats, blocks, belts, blankets, etc., as well as miscellaneous: calendars, stickers, cards, etc.
Yoga synergy online classes
Experienced yoga practitioners and physiotherapists Bianca Machliss & Simon Borg-Olivier, Yoga Synergy, taking online classes in Sydney

If you are a well-established yoga teacher and earning well then also you can try different ways to earn more:

  • Consider creating a certification program and teaching others your style
  • Create a niche online community where like-minded people can learn, share, and interact. Have each member pay a small amount to each other, provide premium content, and facilitate learning and growth on a specific topic. For example, Bali-based yoga instructor Suanne Reiker, with 18+ years of experience in digital marketing, created a business where she teaches yoga instructors the principles of online marketing.
  • Start a Youtube yoga channel. As an example, German Yoga instructor Mady Morrison publishes a 30-day yoga challenge on her website in the new year.  Each day contains a new routine linked to a video on her YouTube channel.
  • Try converting your yoga music into an album and sell it.
  • Write blogs about your experience.
  • Create your yoga app and have students stream your classes.

The hourly rate of a yoga teacher can also be increased by taking more classes or putting more hard work into your studio. This is for the brave hearts who want to earn more sweat!

Click here to find out more about the yoga teacher’s hourly rate and how to calculate it.

There are plenty of ways for certified yoga teachers to make money offline and online. If you haven’t begun, do it right now.

Laziness and dullness are the worst factors that can undermine your motivation and dreams. Create your yoga website, join an online booking system, and start earning with the above methods and means.

Remember that you are not merely a yoga teacher in a class but a businesswoman or man who can become an entrepreneur and be successful in your profession. Don’t forget to give a part of your income back to the community or any living being who is not as lucky as you because all living beings on this planet are part of us.

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