Can You Travel the World Teaching Yoga?

by Yoga Teachers College Founder & Master Trainer, Lucas Rockwood

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I actually started teaching as a travel job at first. I wanted to see the world. I began as an English teacher, but I was horrible at it. I was really into yoga at the time, so I thought, what if I taught yoga instead? I left the United States in 2003 for what was supposed to be a six-month trip to Thailand, and I never moved back.

Personally, I don’t know of any job that offers as many travel opportunities as yoga does. But like any job, your ability and experience are going to open doors—not just some certificate you got at a weekend yoga festival.

So where are the opportunities?

Often in new markets. When I first arrived in Bangkok, for example, there were less than 20 yoga teachers in the whole city, so it was very easy to find work and get a working visa.

Today, there are thousands of teachers so it’s more complicated (but still very possible). At any given time, there are “developing markets” where it’s easiest to find teaching gigs. So, your luck will immediately improve if you focus on those areas.

Another way to travel with yoga is through seasonal yoga jobs, such as:

  • Holiday destinations
  • Health resorts
  • Ski resorts
  • Summer camps
  • Cruise ships and yachts

There is a myth that yoga is competitive because there are hundreds of teachers fighting for every job. The reality is that for every hundred teachers that apply for a job, less than 10% are actually qualified and professional enough to lead a class. (I have a team of teachers, and I’ll tell you it’s hard to hire!)

So, if you’re well-trained, you know how to market yourself, and you’re creative with where you look, traveling and teaching is a great way to go and you’ll find dozens of interesting options for your future.

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