How to Earn a Good Living Teaching Yoga

Video #1 of 4 | Becoming a Yoga Teacher

QUESTION: “Hey Lucas, I’m considering becoming a yoga teacher but I’m wondering if it’s actually possible to make a good living?”

I had the exact same question during my first yoga teacher training, and when I asked my teacher if it was possible to replace my salary at my corporate job, his answer was:

“If you want to earn money, keep your job. If you want to teach yoga, teach yoga.”

I hear this kind of thing often; and ironically, the teachers who say it the most are often the ones earning the most. My teacher at the time was making around $150,000 per year and was only about 7 years older than me, so I thought, why not me? Why does he get to earn a good salary but I’m not allowed?

So back to the original question: “Can you make a good living teaching yoga?”

Yes. Today, I know tens of thousands of teachers making a living wage, a comfortable salary, and plenty of people making a very lucrative salary depending on how seriously they take their career and how far they want to go with it.

Like any job, experience and ability are the determining factors in your income potential, but your average starting teacher earns around $23,000 per year in the United States, and your average 7-year teacher earns around $62,000 per year.

There are plenty of teachers earning 6-figures and beyond, and these are the teachers that have become business owners and might operate studios, products companies, retreat or events businesses along with their teaching.

Here at YOGABODY and the Yoga Teachers College, we’re business-positive and along with yoga teaching skills, we also train our teachers in business, marketing, sales, and customer service so we can all help each other build sustainable careers.

Let’s be honest. If your goal is to make millions and live on a yacht, becoming a yoga teacher is probably not the easiest path. But if your goal is to replace your current income at a job you dislike with a job you’ll love, yoga offers more and more opportunities every single day.

Check out video #2 of this series: Should I Teach Yoga or Open a Studio?