Remember that day you signed up for your yoga teacher training?

All the anticipation, excitement, nervousness and then BAM before you know it you are a certified yoga teacher.

Now what?

First off, CONGRATULATIONS! This is a huge pivotal point in your journey aka human experience!

You have just spent weeks with your fellow yogi’s making deep connections, moving your bodies and absorbing the high vibes of being around your yoga tribe, then just like that, you’re sent from your warm comfy yoga cocoon ready to spread your wings and fly!.

Not quite sure where to fly first? Keep reading for tips on what to do after right after you graduate.

1. Get Organized

Trust me, this saves you a lot of time and energy over the course of your yoga career. My favorite tool to organize important documents is Google Docs. It’s completely free, you can share it with anyone, and it’s accessible from anywhere.

To organize your yoga career, first create a folder on your computer to save all your important yoga docs. This will be a hub to quickly access all the information you need for future yoga jobs. Examples of items you can add to this file once you have them are a copy of your YTT certificate, yoga teacher bio, yoga resume, preferred headshot or photo of your choice of you doing yoga, and a copy of your liability insurance.

Also, create a folder to keep all of the actual printed copies of certificates and documents in one organized place in a file cabinet or safe place.

To keep things organized, I recommend creating these folders inside your Google Docs cloud:

  • Certification Folder: keep all of your certificates, CEUs, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation for North American teachers) and EFAC (European First Aid Certificate for European teachers) certificates, and other legal certifications in one place for easy access
  • Legal Docs Folder: keep all of your legal documents in one place via subfolders, like your yoga liability insurance, tax documents as an independent contractor, contracts or agreements
  • Resume and Headshot Folder: make your yoga teacher resume a living document that is updated regularly and store it with your yoga teacher bio and any relevant headshots

2. Inform Yourself On Yoga Alliance

Registering is easy to do however it does include an annual fee and also CE requirements. An RYT requirement will completely depend on the avenue you choose to teach through and is not required to launch a successful yoga career. Before signing up for Yoga Alliance and forking over all of that cash for minimal membership benefits, take a look at some of my posts that talk about what Yoga Alliance is and whether or not you should become a paid member. If you’re already a member, make sure to update your YA profile from time to time with teaching hours and more so employers know you’re on the map.

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3. Get Liability Insurance

Once you’re organized and ready to begin teaching yoga, it’s important to get yoga teacher liability insurance. Liability coverage protects you in the event that any damage to your students or the space where you’re teaching occurs during your scheduled teaching time. Beyogi is an excellent choice and covers you while teaching in-studio, outside and now covers live streaming and pre-recorded video.

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4. Update Your Yoga Resume

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If you don’t already have one, then I suggest creating a solid yoga teacher resume. They aren’t always totally necessary, but they become very helpful when yoga studios or retreat centers ask for them. You can easily download pretty resume templates on Etsy or create one yourself.

My advice?

Update it regularly. Every time you get a teaching gig or complete another certification, be sure to add it to your resume. There’s nothing more annoying than having to update it all at once years after starting it!

5. Choose Your Yoga Class Rates

One of the BIGGEST questions I get over and over again is how to charge for your yoga classes. There are a lot of different factors that go into pricing your yoga classes, so take some time to figure out what is fair and what you’re worth.

If you’re looking for a job at a yoga studio or with a retreat center, then the rates they pay yoga instructors may already be set. In this case, it’s worth knowing what you’re willing to compromise on and where you stand firm.

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6. Get Experience

Besides the fact that every yoga studio will ask for your previous teaching experience, it’s also just super helpful to have. After all, it takes some adjustment to figure out how to give appropriate cues, how to pace the class, how to choose a theme, and how to have the right presence while teaching.

So getting experience will not only pad your yoga resume, but it will also make you a better teacher.

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The good news is that now, more than ever before, people are comfortable with taking classes online and a huge percentage of people only feel comfortable taking online classes.

Take action and sign up for other teachers’ online classes and see how they are doing things. The most common outlets of online teaching are through zoom, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, or youtube.

Try to just start with one or two online teaching approaches and get your friends and family involved to start to build your confidence… teach anyone who is up for some yoga! Teaching a variety of ages and levels of experience will make you a great teacher.

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7. Network, Baby

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Networking sounds like such a sleazy marketing scheme but the truth is that it is an incredibly valuable way to scout new opportunities. By networking with others in the yoga industry, you are able to find new teaching opportunities, learn new skills, and get invaluable advice. The more that you immerse yourself in this industry, the more opportunities for growth you will find.

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8. Continue Practicing Yoga

Just like networking can be a valuable tool for growth and professional opportunities, so too can your own personal yoga practice. After all, to be a better teacher, you must understand what it’s like to be a student.

And the more you know and understand about yoga, the more you build your expertise.

So even though you just finished a YTT and you know all of the yoga postures (and their modifications!), continue practicing. Continue attending other teachers’ yoga classes and joining yoga workshops. Study yoga online or try out new YouTube yoga channels.

My Uplifted Academy includes tons of little learning opportunities and is one of my favorite yoga teacher resources that I offer… and it’s not even just for yoga teachers!

The point is to lift yourself up as a practitioner so that you can lift others. A rising tide lifts all boats, right?

9. Take Continuing Education Courses

Continue your transformation and master your craft by furthering your yoga education through attending classes, workshops and trainings.

My 300-hour Uplifted Yoga Teacher Training, for example, is designed to deepen your yoga knowledge to an advanced level while also teaching you the skills and framework to create a successful yoga business.

You can also attend 50-hour yoga courses or 100-hour yoga trainings to further hone your knowledge and expertise.

These are a few of my trusted sources for your next CEU courses:

10. Take a Deep Breath

Remember, you don’t plant the seed and eat the fruit the same day. This is a journey that takes time and hopefully, you have found your passion and you’re in it for the long haul. In order to be a really great yoga teacher, you have to be a consistent life-long yoga student! So roll out your mat and remember this is a gradual process, not a marathon! The world needs your unique light and I can’t wait to see you shine it!