My name is Nina and I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Norway, but I currently live in Boston with my hilarious and supportive husband. When I am not teaching yoga or blogging, I am a photographer, writer and crafter.
Six months ago, I quit my full time job and attended a yoga teacher training. It was a huge leap of faith, but I knew it was the right decision.
Before pursuing teaching yoga as a career, I worked in the non-profit sector in a variety of different fields. And no matter how passionate I felt about the organization I was working for, I always had a longing in my heart to do something related to yoga.
What’s the certification process like?
The yoga teacher training I participated in was a month-long intensive program in Massachusetts. We would wake up at 6 a.m. and go to bed around 9 p.m., practicing a total of 4-5 hours of yoga a day.
It taught me the world about myself and who I want to be as a teacher. I also made some incredible friends through the training. (It cost about $5000. Very expensive, but worth every penny.)
What’s an average day like?
As a yoga teacher, a big part of my job is to practice myself. Not a bad gig! I also spend a lot of time preparing to teach classes, working on sequencing, and reading about yoga philosophy.
Of course, like with any freelance job there is also the element of marketing myself, networking and making the business-side work.
What are the biggest challenges of the job? The biggest rewards?
The biggest challenges of the job are finding enough places to teach, (Boston has a saturated yoga market.) and also allowing myself to develop and grow as a teacher, while not being too hard on myself in the process.
The biggest reward is seeing the changes in my students. It’s a powerful feeling knowing that you are guiding them towards their best selves.
How do you deal with work when you’re feeling under the weather or in a grumpy mood?
Being sick while teaching yoga is very hard! I recently taught with a stuffy nose, and during our pranayama (breathing exercises) I felt like there was snot everywhere! 🙂 But usually if I am just in a grumpy mood, I allow that in.
Yoga is about being authentic, so no matter how I am feeling, I work with it, while still remaining professional.
Is this a financially viable field to work in? Do you need a second job to support yourself?
I am very lucky in that I am able to pursue teaching yoga while my husband’s job supports us. But the truth is, it’s not easy to make a full living on it. Most yoga teachers do it because they love it, not because they make very much money doing it. There are exceptions of course, and I hope to some day be one of them!
What advice would you give to others who are interested in becoming yoga teachers?
Go for it! Even if you decide you do not want to teach, attending a training will transform your personal practice. It’s one of the best things I have ever done, and I encourage everyone to do it.
Do you do yoga? Would you ever want to be a yoga teacher?