Yoga Teacher Jobs
For those dedicated individuals who choose to pursue yoga teacher careers, health and longevity are their rewards. Allied Health World has interviewed practicing yoga teachers and done some research of our own to explore the depths of a career spent instructing yoga classes. Here we set the expectation for the type of client aspiring yoga teachers are likely to work with, as well as the specific physiological and psychological issues they may be called upon to address:
What is the job outlook like for yoga instructors?
It would seem that yoga, and the many careers associated with it, have long since outlived what might have been originally been thought of as a trend. The public’s interest in employing preventative methods like yoga as a fundamental component to the practice of disease prevention has not waned. In fact, it has continued to grow at such a rate that the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has published a report showing a projected increase of as much as 30% in the number of gainfully employed yoga teachers in the United States between now and 2018. Those interested in learning how to become a yoga teacher will find it very
What specific physical ailments can yoga be used to address?
Most people begin participating in yoga classes because they already have an interest in fitness, and wish to take their bodies and minds to the next level. However, it is interesting to note that although the practice of yoga is often used to promote overall health and longevity, it has been proven very effective in dealing with a number of specific health issues, both physiological and psychological. People who have issues with insomnia and other sleep disorders have described notable improvements in the quality and regularity of sleep. It has the very tangible benefits of helping with weight loss, reducing elevated blood pressure, improving overall cardiovascular health, and even improving lung capacity by promoting an erect and upright posture that allows the lungs to perform optimally.
When using yoga as a means by which to address specific physical ailments, it is perhaps most commonly employed as a therapeutic means by which to reduce the pain and limited range of motion that are so often the result of injury. Yoga has become instrumental in therapeutic injury rehabilitation because of its unique focus on gracefully fluid movements that require the full attention of the participant. This helps to make yoga a safe and effective exercise that contributes to the flexibility and elasticity of joints, muscles, and connective tissue, which can become tight and atrophied during the recovery phase following a sports injury or car accident.
What specific psychological and emotional issues can yoga address?
Anybody who practices yoga with any degree of regularity describes how the simple mental exercise of making themselves fully conscious of each movement, posture, and pose; and how each body part and the related body system is involved, contributes to a heightened sense of well being and connectedness. It is no surprise that feelings of calmness and well-being result from the meditative nature of yoga when coupled with the patterned and controlled breathing of pranayama, which is taught to would-be instructors through yoga teacher courses.
With this understanding, yoga has actually been used quite successfully to deal directly with common psychological and emotional conditions like depression and anxiety. Many people have described having had very real results in dealing with emotional control issues related to anger, rage, and social anxiety. Yoga has also been shown to be very useful in helping people with addictive and compulsive inclinations feel a greater sense of personal mastery, and in turn demonstrate more control over their compulsive behavior.
What is the demographic that yoga teachers work with?
Yoga teacher careers in fitness facilities like health clubs, gyms, or yoga studios will allow a great opportunity for exposure to different types of clientele with very different levels of ability. Some may be very new to the practice and will require a unique level of attention as they learn to master the poses in proper form, while others may be quite advanced but interested in the motivation and extra push offered by a facilitated group class. Classes will be structured based on skill level, but it is always the responsibility of the yoga instructor to read his or her students and assess their ability so as to safely cater to their ability and personal expectations of what they’d like to achieve in the class.
Yoga teachers who establish an independent practice have considerably more control over the type of client they work with. Some study and practice therapeutic yoga and work specifically with people who are recovering from car accidents or sports and work related injuries. Others study prenatal yoga and work exclusively with expectant mothers. Still others specialize in geriatrics and cater to the special needs of the elderly. Although most independently employed yoga teachers operating their own studios provide general instruction rather than catering to a specific segment of the population, they do very often offer separate classes that cater to beginner, intermediate, and even advanced level students.