Am I Yoga Teacher Material?

How does anyone know? Well, in my humble opinion, if the idea even broaches your mind, then you’re a candidate. The more yoga teachers the better our world, I always say. But truly, what are the qualifications?

For many new yogis, falling in love with yoga is quickly followed by the thought of becoming a yoga teacher. Then followed by many questions, like…am I flexible enough? Can I teach to a group? Where to begin? How much does training cost? Should I quit my day job? Should I move to India, or go to an Ashram?

After teaching yoga for more than 22 years, in various platforms from beginner classes to international teacher training…I’m quick to say that if you think you’d like to teach yoga, then even thinking about it might mean that you like to share the goodness and gifts of what you love…yoga! Right on, so go for it!

These days, yoga is broad, offering many styles of yoga to choose from. In the day, there were fewer choices. Since we are living longer, yoga has kept up with the aging process and creative ways to advance the biz of teaching yoga. These days, you can enroll in a 40 hour intro teacher training course that would give you a taste of what you might learn in a ubiquitous 200 hours yoga teacher training course, and after being certified, online continuing education coursed are at the ready. Expect to get to know all about Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing the yoga community. Then there is the “what school should I learn from” question. If I could offer only one piece of advice, it would be to, familiarize yourself with the school’s curriculum, then visit and talk directly with the teacher leading the training program that you are considering. Ask questions such as;

  • how many years has the lead teacher been teaching?
  • why do they like teaching?
  • what advice can they offer a newbie teacher?
  • who do they learned from?
  • why are they leading the training?

Be prepared for good leaders to ask questions of you, such as why you’d like to teach. Teaching yoga requires an open mind for learning about yourself, then sharing that with others. Once you know the fundamentals you can broaden your teaching skills with those fundamentals. Spiritual and physical wealth are different. Understand if you’d like to teach part time after your full time job, or if you’d prefer to teach full time. Sure, teacher training is competitive, and a necessary part of the bottom line for many yoga businesses. More than 20 million Americans practice this ancient fusion of exercise and spirituality, fueling a $27 billion industry. Treat your tuition as an investment, in taking the steps to get a return on that investment.

Here is how to begin:

  • Cozy up to 2 of your favorite yoga schools,
  • Try at least 3 styles of yoga that you like to practice and perhaps teach,
  • What is it that you appreciate most in your fav teachers,
  • Ask the min/max number of enrollees,,, 8-10 is a good amount, so that you get attention,
  • Tell 3 of your fav teachers that you’re thinking of teaching and ask their opinion.

Teaching yoga is an honor. Helping your community thrive and learn about their bodies and soul is deeply gratifying. Be confident that finding your niche and to teach will only make our world a better place.



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Denese Cavanaugh ERYT500 has studied with master teachers since 1995, and has been teaching yoga since 1997. Denese teaches various yoga workshops in the US and abroad as well as weekly and monthly classes in the Washington, DC and NYC area. Her many teaching styles include Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series, Iyengar Alignment inspired, Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Restorative, Prenatal and Kids Yoga. Yoga has helped Denese uncover her most joyful, most authentic version of herself; her non-dogmatic approach inspires others to consciously reveal a new found balance, while having a blast on the mat. Large presentational venues from 500 to 3000 participants come easy for Denese, and she loves sharing with her community. She is humbled and grateful to her yoga teachers for sharing their unbounded insight and generosity, and is honored to also share that generous evolution with others. She currently offers restorative Retreats, Mala Flow 200hr RYT curriculum to teachers here and abroad, such as Milan, Italy and has taught in Goa, India. Follow Denese at

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