So you want to turn your yoga passion into a successful + sustainable yoga career.

Is it even possible?

And if it is possible… is it profitable?

Yes and yes.

But here’s the honest reality check that many people seem to completely forget when it comes to making a living as a yogipreneur – you have to create your OWN opportunities.

A yoga business has the same inherent risks of any other business. It takes time {sometimes years} to really develop your yoga skill set and become an amazing teacher.

Learning the business side of things? That takes time too!

While the vast majority of yoga teachers focus on teaching regular group yoga classes in yoga studios or fitness centers, if you want to create livable income teaching yoga, it’s all about diversifying and creating multiple streams of income.

The good news is you CAN do it! And now is the perfect time to begin mapping out your yoga business based on your personal strengths as a yoga teacher + entrepreneur.

Here’s 30 ways you can turn your yoga passion into a launchpad for a successful + sustainable yoga career::

I love working 1×1. 

Teach private yoga lessons. There is a real art behind teaching private yoga lessons… it takes skills that you simply don’t get straight out of teacher training! But a handful of long-term private yoga students you can meet with regularly can be a solid foundation for your yoga business as you develop additional yoga offerings.

Teach private yoga lessons… online! Do you have a unique yoga specialty that’s not available everywhere? Or do your students travel frequently, making it challenging to meet in person? With technology like Skype + Google Hangouts, it’s easier than ever to offer a private yoga lesson via streaming video chat.

I love teaching group yoga classes.

Create a signature workshop. Developing a signature workshop is a great way to dive deep into a specific topic with your students. As a higher priced offering, workshops are a great way to quickly boost your yoga income. Even smarter? Create a signature workshop that you can rinse and repeat across multiple studios/locations.

Create a class series. This is one of my favorite secret high-value yoga offerings. Students love class series because there is a start date, an end date, and a curriculum to follow. Teachers love it because when your students register for 6-8 classes at a time, your income stabilizes. Many studios offer a yoga for beginners class series… but what about yoga for brides to be {did it!} or pregnant mamas {it was awesome!} or essentials of restorative yoga {all time fav!}.

Host a local retreat. Who says a retreat has to involve thousands of dollars and a plane ticket around the world? While international yoga retreats are more popular than ever, they are often very expensive with an itty-bitty profit margin {as in – most teachers are getting a paid vacation. Except they’re working the entire time…}. Seek out a smaller scale retreat location – it could be a B&B or beach house – with just a handful of students to test the waters. It could become your favorite event!

Host an international retreat. If you’ve got a great following {or can partner with another yoga teacher}, an international retreat can be amazingly fun. Pro tip – run the numbers again and again before you commit to anything and give yourself lots of time to not only plan, but give your students a chance to save up!

Teach at a local school or university. Did you know that most universities require students to have a physical education class to get their degree? Yup – you can be a university level yoga teacher! You might also be able to teach at the student recreation center or work with the trainers in the athletic departments.

I am super organized.

Manage a yoga studio or fitness center. Depending on the size of the yoga studio or fitness center, the manager position could actually be a full time gig on it’s own! Even if it’s not – many yoga studios owners find themselves spread super-thin across managing the day to day, teaching classes themselves, and planning out the coming months. If your studio doesn’t have someone managing teacher schedules, organizing events, and running the daily studio operations, you may be able to create a job for yourself.

Become a health + wellness director. From corporations to retirement communities, there are plenty of organizations that offer health + wellness programming to their clients. Seriously – Google offerings mindfulness + meditation classes! If you enjoy planning and organizing events, you could be perfect for this role.

Become a yoga advisor for yoga studios. Are you a social butterfly who loves making sure everyone is well taken care of? This role is the secret to many successful yoga studios. Part customer concierge and part salesman, a yoga advisor is responsible for following up with new students and helping them find the right teacher + yoga classes.

Become a tech goddess for yoga studios. Are you super comfortable on the computer, navigate studio software with ease, and love digging into spreadsheets and metrics? You could be a perfect virtual assistant for yoga studio owners {and if this is you – seriously let me know. I’ve got at least 5 studios looking for you!}

I love creating new sequences + classes.

Sell your sequences + playlists to other teachers. One of the #1 challenges many yoga teachers face week in and week out? Getting enough time to plan out their classes in advance. If you love the creative aspect of planning classes + playlists, set up a shop on The Yoga Recipe!

Create a podcast or downloadable MP3 yoga classes. Did you know many yoga students prefer to practice AT HOME? By recording your own audio yoga classes and selling them through a platform like Audible Yoga, you can reach even more students around the world!

Create a video or streaming yoga classes. Are you comfortable on video? There are now dozens of platforms where you can become an virtual yoga instructor. Check out YogaVibes.com, Udemy.com, or Grokker.com.

[hr]I love to write about yoga.[hr]

Start a yoga blog. A blog on it’s own isn’t a business – but it is a fantastic way to build your platform + an audience of followers who are interested in your unique flavor of yoga! There are many ways to monitize a popular blog – from advertising to affiliates to creating your own offerings – but remember, this is a long term strategy!

Write for yoga studios. Studios are ALWAYS looking for ways to generate more interest in their business and getting students to come back for more… but writing newsletters and blogs is time consuming! Combining a passion for yoga with great writing could score you some great freelance writing gigs.

Write for local newspapers or magazines. Are you in the know about your local yoga + wellness community? Local newspapers + magazines are always looking for new content to talk about what’s happening in the community. If you ever had a dream of becoming a reporter, this could be your chance to see your byline in print!

I love working with businesses + organizations.

Host client appreciation events/workshops. Many high-end service providers host regular client appreciation or client bring a friend events to increase loyalty + increase referrals. Think high-end realtors, lawyers, and financial planners.

Host team building events + retreats. Team building is moving off the golf-course to include lots of different activities. Create a special package for team building to pitch to businesses big + small.

Partner with other like-hearted professionals. Know an amazing health coach? Or aromatherapist? Your dream clients are probably working with multiple health + wellness providers {personally – I have a chiropractor, massage therapist, naturapathic doctor… the list goes on!} who they see regularly. A co-hosted seminar or workshop can be a great way to cross promote.

Teach at non-yoga businesses. Bring yoga to the local business park. Host a class at the library. Your chiropractor may have an unused room that’s perfect for privates. Get creative and open up to the unlimited places you can teach!

[hr]I’m multi-passionate.[hr]

Create a unique niche offering. There are so many niche yoga opportunities! Curvy yoga. Broga. Yoga for runners. What other passions could you bring together to create a unique yoga class, workshop, or even certification for other yoga teachers?

Blend other health + wellness modalities. Raise your hand if you’re a yoga teacher AND a reiki master/massage therapist/doula/health coach/etc etc? Often these modalities are all complimentary tools that can be blended together to help your clients reach their goals in a more holistic way.

I love helping new teachers.

Become a Yoga Teacher Mentor. Yes – there are more teachers than ever before graduating 200 hour teacher trainings. But this actually creates a HUGE opportunity for experienced yoga teachers to provide mentorship and coaching to help new yoga teachers solidify their new skill set.

Host a yoga teacher networking/mastermind group. If you want to be a leader in your local yoga teacher community, organize a regular yoga teacher meetup in person or online {check out #yogateacherchat on Twitter}.

Create a new certification or teacher training program. Caveat – only for experienced + talented teachers of teachers! It’s no secret that training other yoga teachers is a lucrative option. At over $2K per 200 hour trainee, there is a LOT of money to be made. But one of my favorite options for experienced teachers? Creating a 20-30 hour niche certification program based on your unique specialty.

I’m a Yogipreneur!

Organize your own yoga classes. You don’t have to have a brick + mortar studio to host your own classes… you just need a location + super organized systems to track your students. You can often find unique venues to rent on an hourly basis – think about art galleries, unique co-working spaces, even community centers. The best part? Because you only need the space for an hour at a time, you can build the following of a studio without the expenses of the studio {yay for mo’ money in your pocket!}.

Take your workshops + class series on the road {or online}. Have you hosted an amazing workshop locally? Gather up your testimonials and put together your pitch! There are studios outside of your city that are looking for guest teachers to come in for workshops + trainings. All you’ve gotta do is start spreading the word that you’re available. Even better – record your entire workshop and make it available as a home-study/on-demand workshop.

Create a virtual yoga studio. Are you comfortable in front of a camera? Thanks to Namastream, you can create your OWN virtual yoga studio for a fraction of the cost of a brick + mortar studio {yep – even including the cost of a new video camera + microphone} without the hassle of piecing together all the technology by yourself!

Take your yoga business online. It’s easier than ever to take your yoga business 100% online {and if you didn’t know already – this is my specialty here at The Yogipreneur!}. You can offer a range of yoga classes, workshops, private lessons, coaching, on-demand programs, e-books, podcasts, streaming video, and more thanks to easy to use technology.

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