How long does it take to become a yoga teacher? Do yoga teachers make money? Liana shares her story.

Updated: Feb 4

Conversation with Leaders: Today, we've invited a yoga instructor Liana Scott to discuss some of the insights of being a yoga instructor.

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Q 1: What was the very first thing you did when you decided to go on your yoga journey?

Liana Scott: In my situation, I started practicing yoga for health benefits: physical, emotional, and mental. Within a blink of an eye, I found myself being way too deep into it. Then I realized that if I can make such a significant difference in my own life, I want to make a similar difference in the lives of others. Soon after, I began teaching yoga at a few local studios after completing my year-long yoga instructor courses in Dayton, Ohio.

Q 2: What factors did you consider before going on a life-changing journey?

Liana Scott: Yoga teachers don't make a living teaching yoga. So I couldn't afford to become a yoga instructor for a long time because I knew I wouldn't be able to support myself financially. That was probably the biggest fear I had to conquer before becoming a yoga instructor.

Q 3: What is the role of a yoga instructor?

Liana Scott: This title means different things to different people. To me, it means to be there for others, guide them and support them along their own journeys.

Q 4: How long did it take you to become a yoga instructor?

Liana Scott: Yoga was something I had been doing for myself on and off for ten years before deciding to pursue it as a professional career path.

Q 5: What qualifications did you need to be a yoga instructor?

Liana Scott: The minimum requirement in the USA to be a yoga instructor is to accomplish 200 hours of YTT course.

Q 6: How do you maintain yoga teacher certification(s) up to date and current?

Liana Scott: I personally started to teach right after getting my first 200h YTT course. After that, I took a couple of extra courses: kids yoga, aromatherapy yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga. And after teaching for a year, I decided to retake my 200h YTT course online one more time to deepen my knowledge. Since then, I have just taught yoga and keep expanding my skills by taking different short classes a few times per year.

Q 7: What is a yoga teacher's working atmosphere like?

Liana Scott: It also depends on what kind of teacher you are. Some yoga teachers only teach at retreats, masterclasses, or workshops. Some work at yoga studios as a full-time job. Sometimes yoga teachers can open yoga studios as their business and then run them. But most of us just teach part-time at local yoga studios or online.

Q 8: What recommendations would you provide to aspiring yoga teachers?

Liana Scott: Discover your philosophy and the yoga style that corresponds with you the most. Surround yourself with inspiring teachers and mentors. Find some like-minded friends who will help you boost your vibrations.

Don't follow trends and learn to teach classes that you think might bring you profit. Ask yourself a question: What would I want to practice and teach if no one paid me for it? It's important to ask yourself that because eventually, you will run out of inspiration and energy while teaching yoga every day.

If you have picked the path in yoga that you weren't really interested in, it will be almost impossible to get that passion back. The good thing about yoga, though, is that there are so many options for everyone. If you run out of inspiration, just sign up for another training course or a lesson with an inspiring teacher and try something new.


Liana Scott: Yoga Instructor and Contemporary Artist & a member of Crafts-Women Network.