Pros and Cons of Teaching Corporate Yoga Sessions

Pros and Cons of Teaching Corporate Yoga Sessions

Is teaching corporate Yoga worth it?By Marie Jerard, E-RYT 500

Is teaching corporate Yoga worth your time? There are many reasons to love teaching corporate Yoga sessions. For one, it’s a great way to reach a new audience of potential students. Not everyone who works at a corporation is looking for a spiritual practice, but they might be interested in trying Yoga to improve their health and well-being. That’s where you come in. As a corporate Yoga teacher, you have the opportunity to help people reduce stress, increase energy levels, and feel better overall. You can also tailor your classes to the needs of your students, whether they’re beginners or more experienced students.


Corporate Packages

Since most corporations offer competitive pay and benefits, teaching corporate yoga can be a great way to earn a living while doing something you love. Of course, there are some downsides to teaching corporate yoga as well. For instance, you might find yourself teaching classes that are too large or too small for your comfort level. You also might have to deal with disruptions from people not interested in the class (e.g., employees chatting on their phones or working on their laptops). Finally, you may not have as much freedom when teaching corporate yoga as you would if you were teaching at a studio or gym. Your freedom depends on the company’s environment. Overall, though, teaching corporate yoga can be a rewarding experience.


Why Do Companies Care?

If you’re passionate about Yoga and want to share its benefits with others, then teaching corporate Yoga is definitely worth your time. Most people, in the general public, recognize the health benefits of Yoga. Injury prevention, stress reduction, and weight management are a few of the worthy side effects of a regular yoga practice. Due to the lure of lower healthcare costs, and fewer workers calling in sick, many corporate executives are instituting Yoga training into work-sponsored employee health programs. Many Yoga teachers are taking advantage of this dependable source of income. What are the pros and cons of teaching Yoga at a corporation?


The Pros

Many studio-based Yoga instructors are paid according to the number of students that attend their classes. On the other hand, instructors who are corporation hires, are typically paid a flat rate. Corporations usually pay regularly and on a predictable date. When teaching a class at a company location, Yoga teachers receive consistent pay they can count on. Additionally, corporate facilities tend to pay extremely well, and instructors have opportunities to teach private sessions.


No Constant Marketing Worries

Marketing is a surprise to many teachers. They don’t think about it during teacher training, but they definitely think about it afterward. Yoga instructors, who teach at corporations, do not have to market their classes like those who teach at a health club or studio. Company employees usually do the marketing for the teacher through a company newsletter, email, or in-house flyers. Employees of a company, who have never taken a Yoga class, are more likely to walk into a class at their company than into a class at a local studio. Instructors, who teach at corporations, can extend Yogic knowledge to populations that typically would not receive it.

The Cons

The company controls a captive audience. Since the company houses the entire population of prospective students for the class, instructors will have to travel to the corporation to teach. For many teachers, this amount of travel is similar to driving to a studio, but depending on the commute, it could be a hardship for those who teach from home or close to home. However, teaching corporate Yoga may require instructors to participate in a commute.



Teachers are sometimes expected to provide students with equipment during their classes. Instructors may have to haul mats, straps, and blocks into class each week when teaching at a company. However, some facilities make it worth your effort by purchasing equipment directly from you. Additionally, some experienced students may have their equipment.


Diversified Levels

Yoga teachers working with company employees will most likely find that they are working with a population with varying fitness levels. Some students will be ready to advance in their practice, and others will enjoy a beginner’s level class for weeks, months, or years. Teachers must be prepared to accommodate students by offering several different options for poses. For example, a Side Plank can be shown with one knee on the mat, heels together, or one leg lifted toward the ceiling.

House Rules

You may have to let go of typical studio rules regarding cell phones. A student may be called out of class for an emergency, and company policy overrides your class guidelines, especially if the person on the phone is a company officer. You want to learn the policies of each company with whom you work. Therefore, instructors must learn to go with the corporate flow.


Occupational Outlook

There are pros and cons to teaching at corporations. Many Yoga teachers find teaching at a corporate location can be a consistent form of income with built-in benefits, but that each population presents unique challenges. While the economy changes every so often, it is comforting to maintain relationships with stable companies.


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