The Reality of Being a Yoga Instructor: Can You Make a Living?

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to actually make a living as a yoga instructor? Is it possible to turn your passion for yoga into a career?

In this blog post, we will share some insights based on our personal experience and observations of our graduates that are teaching yoga worldwide.

Having a Good Foundation: Finding the Right Yoga Teacher Training

Building a good foundation is crucial for a successful career as a yoga instructor. Choosing the right yoga teacher training program is of utmost importance. Look for a program that not only provides in-depth knowledge and practical skills but also offers a Yoga Business Module that can be invaluable when you’re starting out.

Have a look at this blog post when looking for how to choose the best yoga teacher training for you

Income Potential: What Can Yoga Instructors Make?

The income potential as a yoga instructor can vary a lot depending on many different factors such as your location, experience, and students. Group classes may be paid as a set fee or based on the number of students attending. Private classes and one-on-ones usually offer higher rates. Additionally, then when teaching yoga at companies, conducting workshops and setting up yoga retreats can provide more substantial earnings.

When we asked our graduates about their earnings, they generally shared that they are paid between $35 and $75 per yoga class, with some earning even more.

Diversifying Income Streams

Relying solely on teaching classes may not provide the financial stability you want. You would consider diversifying your income streams. Explore opportunities to teach yoga online, create online courses, host retreats, or write yoga-related articles or books or starting a yoga wear brand – the options are many.

We have had students making $10,000 in profits during a one-week Yoga Retreat.

Standing Out in a Competitive Industry

We are not going to lie, the yoga industry is highly competitive, but that shouldn’t hold you back you. We see our students making a living after completing a 200Hour Yoga Teacher Training all the time. But we do recommend to always keep learning at to refine your skills, this could be with participating in workshops, advanced trainings, and specialized courses to deepen your knowledge and expand your offerings as well.

Benefits of Being a Yoga Teacher

Being a yoga instructor offers numerous benefits. It’s much more than just a career; it’s a whole new way of life. You have the freedom and flexibility to create a schedule that aligns with your lifestyle. You can share your passion for yoga and make a positive impact on others’ lives while making a living. The fulfillments you get from your work can be truly rewarding. It’s an opportunity to be your own boss and enjoy a better work-life balance.

Meanwhile, you will have the opportunity to build connections with like-minded people and start creating a community.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to become a certified yoga instructor?

The foundation for certification typically involves completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training program which is usually conducted over the course of 3 – 4 weeks in person, it can also be done online entirely at your own pace.

2. What are the career opportunities for yoga instructors?

Yoga instructors can explore various career paths, including teaching at yoga studios, fitness centers, retreats, spas, schools, and even corporate settings. They can also offer private sessions, workshops, and online classes.

3. How much can a yoga instructor earn?

When we asked our graduates about their earnings, they generally shared that they are paid between $35 and $75 per yoga class, with some earning even more.

We have also had students making $10,000 in profits during a one-week Yoga Retreat.

It’s completely possible to make a living as a money as a yoga instructor.

4. Is it necessary to have a yoga teacher training certification?

Yes, most yoga studios and employers require a certification to ensure that instructors have received proper training and possess. Have a look at our certified Yoga Teacher Training program.


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Graduates Testimonials 2022 In-Person Yoga Teacher Training


Leticia Debas

United States & Brazil
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
January 2020

“It has been a journey that I will be forever grateful for!”

It forced me dive into myself & is helping me to begin to establish a relationship between my physical body, my mind and my soul.

Some days I thought were “rock bottom” … but it only made me realize that was part of the journey, the journey of trusting myself of becoming my own “hero” the person who I’ve always been but have never really trusted! All these “things” I see as signs from the universe telling myself to trust ME to believe in ME and to hear ME … to L O V E me as I am and accept all the little “flaws” that comes with being a human and all.

But I couldn’t have done it without all these beautiful souls, these magical humans who were always there to listen to just “one more story” of why “I’m crying right now” or to give me some ibuprofen when my muscles ached or to pay for a cab ride back to the hotel when I didn’t have any more cash on me and didn’t sweat it cause “it happens to all of us” or that person who believed in me more than I did when I finally landed that “tri-pod headstand” and says “I told you, you could do it!” Or that person who held my hand while I got stitches for the first time & for that I’m so thankful to you all ♥︎ .

if that weren’t enough the universe blessed me with some great teachers. So knowledgeable while being so understanding when we were faced with feeling frustrated. Teachers Who would stay 15 (or more) minutes after a two hour lecture or practice making sure they answered all our questions … & to our yoga philosophy teachers who knew some subjects were hard & uncomfortable and gave us time to absorve it all and were understanding if we (me) shed a tear and needed a moment to ourselves. Thank you @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga for this journey I couldn’t be more grateful!

Leticia Debas


Claire Falconer

Australian living in Dubai
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
August 2019

“…most incredible group of students”

To put the last month into words is impossible, to put into feelings is impossible and to put into emotions is even more impossible.

When I signed up for my yoga teaching course I genuinely didn’t expect so learn so much about myself, I didn’t expect to open my heart and open my mind as much and sure as hell didn’t expect to open my tear ducts as much.

I think I’m still trying to process, or even being to process the learnings and new ways of thinking. So from here, the learnings & new practices have only began. From here, I’m nervous for a new future and from here all I can say is fuk yes.

Thank you  @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga for this journey. Thank you to the most incredible group of students I got to share this with, and thank you to all my incredible teachers legit you’ve changed my life. 😭
Analu, Sean, Jono, Maria, Bente, Magdalena & Rachel Fearnley.

From Instragram @clairefalconer__

Claire Falconer


Ryan Lyons

Unites States
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
August 2019

“…thank you for sharing this journey with me”

It’s official, completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with  @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga. Without sounding cliché, this journey was life changing. When we think of yoga we often only think of the physical practice, poses, turning oneself into a pretzel! It’s the western way of thinking, and we forget about the connection to the mind and soul. We forget that yoga is also about the breath, meditation, energy systems and the power of what this connection can bring to our lives. I am full of gratitude! I have found a deeper purpose from this journey and I look forward to what lies ahead to help others live a more healthy, and meaningful life.

To all my teachers Bente, Maria, Sean, Rachel, Analu, Magdalena thank you for inspiring me, I have a light inside that is shining brighter then ever!
And to my fellow classmates, thank you for sharing this journey with me, for being vulnerable, and for being courageous! I do not believe we came together by chance, but more so to each learn and grow from one another.

From Instragram @ryflips

Ryan Lyons

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