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Yoga Teaching Opportunities Outside The Studios

Yoga teaching opportunities outside the studioBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Some people would have you think that all of the Yoga teaching opportunities are only in the studios. If there is one lesson I can pass on to you in this lifetime, it is to question everything. Please do not take anyone’s word as gospel – including mine. Find your answers through research. Lately, there has been a lot of misinformation about Yoga and many related issues. When you consider that Yoga sessions are taught in health clubs, church basements, kids day care centers, salons, and hundreds of other locations where people of all ages meet, it is safe to say that 90% of the teaching opportunities are outside the studios.


About Non-Competition Agreements

Some agreements take away Yoga teaching opportunities. Most studios hire from within, and some studio managers will ask you to sign a non-competition agreement stating that you will not take students from that particular studio.  I understand the policy’s motive, but I have never believed in these agreements. We had a teacher who left and lured a few of his students to his home-based studio for lower class fees. Nevertheless, I will not draw up a non-competition agreement, but I have learned to listen to my intuition.

Some more aggressive agreements require an instructor to teach exclusively for the studio, even if you are on their substitute teacher list. So, why would you sign one of these agreements? I ask you to open your mind and see that 10% of our field is trying to dictate policy that regards your life and the infinite Yoga teaching opportunities around you. Some Yoga instructors only teach private sessions, just like personal trainers, which require one small room. I ask you to write down all the possibilities you can think of after you finish this article. Here are a few more ideas to consider.


Teaching Yoga at a University

Yoga teaching opportunities in a studio setting are just the beginning when it comes to opportunities for instructors. Community centers, corporate buildings, senior centers, hospitals, and universities are all options that can be explored. The last can provide a fun and energized environment with eager students. College students are among the most stressed individuals in the world, and many practice Yoga in their limited free time already.

Just as with any open class setting, teaching at a university means that there will be students with varied levels of ability participating in your classes. Some students may practice Yoga regularly, while others may have never even considered it an option until they signed up when a friend or teacher suggested it. Some students may be suffering from stress related to their roommates or exams, and they may be less focused than your typical students at other locations.

Teaching at a university can be fulfilling, in helping students overcome daily stress through practical application. Through the practice of Yoga, your students will quickly learn to apply their stress-reducing skills in real life situations. Some students may require extra help and attention. In many cases, more dedicated students may be willing to help the less skilled students in an informal practice.


College Life

College students are notoriously disorganized, which means that there may be initial trouble with starting the Yoga class on time in an organized manner. There is a possibility of students arriving late to class, whether they are required to sign up in advance or not. When students arrive late, there is often some chatter and distraction among them. This disrupts the classroom environment, and it should be handled calmly in order to bring about a collective state of tranquility and to avoid increasing the stress level in the room. It is important to remember that, while it may not always be made visible, some students definitely appreciate your classes.


Yoga teaching opportunities in universities have the benefit of providing a large variety of locations, in which Yoga classes can be taught. Most college campuses have a gymnasium, and these frequently include a large empty room or basketball court that could serve as an ideal location. Smaller classes can be held in classrooms, with desks that can move, or they can be held in the common areas of dorms. In good weather, Yoga classes can also be held outside on the college grounds, whether on a common or on a football field. The influence of the sun, and time of day, can also be factors when teaching outdoor classes.


Teaching Yoga in Community Centers

Some community centers are for housing developments local city or town residents, age-specific, and some are for gated communities. Community centers are among the most relaxed and fun environments for teaching Yoga. The students may know one another, but there is a vast turnout frequently, resulting in various individuals who share a common interest. Training in this setting can be difficult due to the students’ varied skill and knowledge levels, but many are willing to help each other and listen to you.

Teaching Yoga classes in this type of setting opens the class to anyone who signs up or arrives, depending on how it is advertised, but this also means that there will be various degrees of skill levels among your students. Some students may practice Yoga regularly, but more often than not, the students will have little to no experience. The unbalanced skill levels mean that some students may require extra help, and teachers must be entirely aware of the abilities of all students.



Any location where people meet has the potential to be a location for a Yoga class. Look around you and see the realistic teaching opportunities in your community. All it takes is vision and the right conversation to open doors of opportunity. There are teachers who teach for years asa substitute or remain inactive on a studio substitute teacher list. They don’t look outside the box. It’s easy to follow what you are familiar with.

Surprisingly, some interns follow the wrong advice. Just like news – there are many ways to translate the day’s events. The problem is: If news is making you feel depressed, you might consider shutting it off or changing the channel. A person who rains on every parade will never see the infinite possibilities under his or her nose, even if you point them out. You can waste a lot of time and energy trying to convince people who do not want to see or listen. This is a part of life that we must accept.



From an optimistic viewpoint, The potential for Yoga teaching opportunities exists in every club, center, company, and meeting place. Firstly, Yoga classes exist in public schools, private schools, and martial arts studios. Secondly, creative teachers have found teaching positions in little league training complexes, dance schools, and gymnastic academies. Thirdly, classes can be found in hospitals, condo complexes, senior centers, and many more places where space allows students to relax and be present for practice. Additionally, teachers who diversify their programs to meet the needs of people who need help will easily find Yoga teaching opportunities.


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Yoga Teaching Opportunities Outside The Studios

By Faye Martins

Are you a passionate yoga teacher looking to expand your horizons and explore new teaching opportunities? Well, you’re in luck! The demand for yoga teachers is rising, and it’s not just limited to traditional studio settings anymore. Let’s look into the exciting world of non-traditional yoga teaching opportunities waiting for you outside those studio walls. From corporate offices to outdoor parks, there’s a wide world where your unique skills can make a difference.

Non-Traditional Settings for Teaching Yoga

Yoga is no longer confined to the four walls of a traditional studio. As the demand for yoga continues to grow, so does the need for yoga teachers to adapt and explore non-traditional settings for teaching. From parks and community centers to workplaces and schools, there are countless opportunities to share the benefits of yoga with diverse audiences.

One non-traditional setting where yoga can thrive is in corporate offices. Many companies recognize the importance of employee well-being and offer wellness programs that include yoga classes. Teaching in this environment allows instructors to introduce stress-relief techniques and mindfulness practices to individuals who may not have considered trying yoga before.

Another unique setting for teaching yoga in schools. Yoga has been shown to improve focus, concentration, and overall mental health in students of all ages. Educators can incorporate movement and mindfulness into children’s daily routines by bringing yoga into school curriculums or offering after-school programs.

Community centers also provide a welcoming space for practicing yoga outside of studios. These centers often serve diverse populations, making it an ideal opportunity for instructors to reach individuals who may not have access or feel comfortable attending traditional studio classes.

Outdoor spaces like parks or beaches offer a refreshing change from indoor environments. Teaching outdoor yoga allows participants to connect with nature while experiencing physical movement and relaxation at the same time.

There are numerous non-traditional settings where yogis can find opportunities to teach their practice beyond the studios’ confines. Corporate offices, schools, community centers, and outdoor spaces all present unique possibilities for sharing the transformative power of yoga with new audiences.


Benefits and Challenges of Teaching Yoga Outside Studios

Teaching yoga outside of traditional studio spaces can open up a world of opportunities for both teachers and students. One significant benefit is the ability to reach a wider audience, including those who may not feel comfortable or have access to studio classes. By bringing yoga to parks, community centers, workplaces, and even online platforms, teachers can make this ancient practice more accessible to all.

Another advantage is the chance to create unique experiences in different settings. Teaching in nature allows students to connect with their surroundings and find harmony within themselves. In corporate settings, yoga can be used to reduce stress and improve productivity. The various locations also keep classes fresh and exciting for instructors and participants.

However, teaching outside studios does come with its challenges. One potential obstacle is the lack of proper equipment or space constraints. Teachers must learn how to adapt their sequences based on available resources while providing an impactful experience for their students.

Furthermore, weather conditions can pose challenges when teaching outdoors. Teachers need backup plans or alternative locations in case of inclement weather or other unexpected circumstances.

Despite these challenges, teaching outside studios offers valuable rewards beyond the physical practice. It allows yoga teachers to connect with diverse communities and break down barriers that may exist within traditional studio environments.

Teaching yoga outside studios presents unique benefits, such as reaching new audiences and creating memorable experiences in various settings; however, it also comes with challenges like adapting sequences based on available resources and dealing with unpredictable weather conditions.

Finding Yoga Teaching Opportunities Outside Studios

1. Network within the yoga community: Connecting with other yoga teachers can uncover teaching opportunities in unique settings. Attend workshops, conferences, and retreats to meet like-minded individuals who may have leads on non-traditional teaching gigs.

2. Collaborate with local businesses: Approach cafes, wellness centers, gyms, or even corporate offices to propose offering yoga classes on their premises. Many establishments are becoming more open to providing wellness activities for their employees or clients.

3. Volunteer services: Consider offering free or donation-based classes at community centers, libraries, or senior homes. This not only gives you valuable experience but also allows you to give back to those who may not have access to traditional studio spaces.

4. Advertise online: Utilize social media platforms and online directories specifically catered towards alternative teaching locations such as parks or beaches. Create a professional website highlighting your expertise and availability outside of studios.

5. Offer private sessions: Some individuals prefer one-on-one instruction to group classes in studios. Promote yourself as a private yoga teacher who can provide personalized sessions in people’s homes or outdoor spaces.

By actively seeking out opportunities beyond studio walls, you can expand your reach as a yoga teacher and bring the benefits of this ancient practice to new audiences in unexpected places!


Creative Ideas for Teaching Yoga in Unique Settings

1. Nature Retreats: Take advantage of the serene beauty of nature by organizing yoga retreats in scenic locations such as mountains, beaches, or forests. Practicing yoga amidst breathtaking landscapes can enhance the connection between mind and body, allowing participants to immerse themselves fully in their practice.

2. Corporate Wellness Programs: Bring the benefits of yoga into the workplace by offering corporate wellness programs. Many companies are recognizing the importance of employee well-being. They are willing to provide stress reduction and mindfulness opportunities through yoga classes during lunch breaks or after work hours.

3. Community Centers: Partner with local community centers or recreational facilities to offer affordable or donation-based yoga classes accessible to individuals who may not have access to traditional studio settings. This allows you to reach a diverse range of people and contribute positively to your community.

4. Schools and Colleges: Introduce young minds to the transformative powers of yoga by teaching classes at schools or colleges. Yoga has been shown to improve focus, reduce stress, and promote overall student well-being, making it an invaluable addition to any educational institution’s curriculum.

5. Online Platforms: Embrace technology and teach virtual yoga classes through online platforms like YouTube or Zoom. This enables you to connect with a global audience from the comfort of your home while providing flexibility for individuals with time constraints or physical limitations preventing them from attending in-person classes.

6. Specialized Populations: Consider specializing in teaching specific populations such as seniors, children, pregnant women, children with special needs, athletes, or individuals recovering from injuries. By tailoring your instruction accordingly, you can cater to a wider range of students.


The Impact of Bringing Yoga to New Audiences

Bringing yoga to new audiences can profoundly impact both the individuals experiencing it and the broader community. Introducing yoga in non-traditional settings, such as workplaces, schools, or community centers, opens doors for people who may not have considered practicing before.

For those trying yoga for the first time, it can be a transformative experience. It allows them to connect with their bodies and minds in ways they may not have done before. The physical postures help increase strength and flexibility while promoting relaxation and stress reduction. The breathing exercises cultivate mindfulness and focus, enhancing overall well-being.

Beyond individual benefits, bringing yoga to new audiences has ripple effects that extend beyond the mat. In workplaces, introducing yoga can improve employee morale and productivity by reducing stress levels and fostering a sense of camaraderie among colleagues.

In schools, incorporating yoga into physical education classes or after-school programs provides students with tools to manage anxiety and enhance concentration. It promotes self-awareness and emotional regulation skills that are invaluable throughout life.

When offered in community centers or public spaces like parks or libraries, yoga becomes accessible to all members of society regardless of income or background. This inclusivity creates opportunities for social connection across diverse communities while improving overall health outcomes.

By bringing yoga outside traditional studio spaces, we are breaking down barriers that might prevent specific populations from accessing its benefits. We are making this ancient practice available to everyone – regardless of age, ability level or financial constraints – thereby expanding its reach far beyond what was once thought possible.

As teachers venture into these non-traditional settings with an open heart and mind, they become ambassadors for wellness within their communities. Their passion for sharing the transformative power of yoga inspires others around them – creating a ripple effect that goes far beyond just one class or session.

We can play a vital role in transforming lives by taking our teaching outside studios into these non-traditional spaces.



As the demand for yoga continues to grow, so does the opportunity for yoga teachers to explore non-traditional teaching settings. While studios have long been the go-to location for classes, there is a whole world outside those walls waiting to be infused with the practice of yoga.

Teaching yoga outside studios allows instructors to reach new audiences and offers unique benefits and challenges. Some may find it intimidating initially, but with some guidance and creativity, teaching in these unconventional spaces can open up a new realm of possibilities.

One of the main benefits of teaching outside studios is bringing yoga directly into people’s everyday lives. By offering classes in corporate offices, schools, community centers, or even parks and beaches, yoga teachers can cater to individuals who may not have considered stepping foot inside a studio before.

Additionally, teaching in non-traditional settings allows instructors to adapt their classes according to specific needs and interests. For example, introducing office workers to lunchtime meditation sessions or offering gentle chair yoga for seniors in retirement homes are just a few ways teachers can tailor their teachings based on different populations’ requirements.


However, it’s essential to acknowledge the challenges associated with teaching outside traditional studio spaces. Limited space or lack of suitable props might require creative problem-solving skills from instructors. Adapting sequences and modifying poses becomes essential when accommodating diverse environments and varying participant experience levels.

Finding opportunities beyond studios requires some resourcefulness as well. Networking within local communities or approaching organizations directly could lead to partnerships or regular class offerings. Online platforms explicitly dedicated to listing unconventional job postings can also provide valuable leads for interested teachers seeking fresh avenues for sharing their expertise.

Embracing creativity becomes crucial once you’ve secured opportunities outside traditional studio spaces – leading beachside sunrise sessions or guiding stressed-out employees during lunch breaks. Experimenting with themed workshops like yoga for runners or prenatal yoga for expectant mothers can attract different audiences.

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4 thoughts on “Yoga Teaching Opportunities Outside The Studios”

  1. A very thought provoking article indeed. We in India, have identified persons undergoing Teacher’s Training to become teaching faculty in Primary and Secondary schools. These institutions have responsive yoga participants and indoor and outdoor facilities for arranging weekend Yoga classes. We are training these would be teachers in various aspacts of yoga such as Asana, Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas with an introductory meditation. The results are encouraging.

  2. Very well written article, Dr. Jerard! The opportunities are endless and there for those who explore and create out of the box thinking. Yoga is a wonderful experience that can be done in just about any setting. You state that very well! Thanks for the article! As always, your experience and knowledge in this field is a true gem! Your teacher training is one of a kind and superb! 🙂 Truly, Sherry Longbottom, RN, CYT, CPYT, Holistic Fitness Nurse

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