How To Teach Yoga In Another Country
Teaching yoga is by far one of the best jobs on Earth, and luckily for us yoga instructors, its growing popularity is making yoga teaching a job that is in demand almost anywhere in the world. Anywhere you go these days, it seems yoga is a part of the curriculum and day-to-day life. While yoga instructors deal with some of the negative aspects of the job, such as being underpaid, there are still so many more pros to teaching yoga than cons. And one of the greatest perks of teaching yoga is the ability to teach the practice anywhere in the world.
If you’re a yoga instructor and you’ve got a travel itch, here are a few great tips on how to find a job teaching yoga just about anywhere in the world.
If you haven’t heard about Yoga Trade yet, your life is about to be changed. Since I discovered Yoga Trade just a few years ago, I’ve found the most incredible teaching opportunities. I’ve now taught at a surf hostel in Sri Lanka, a boutique hotel in Bali, a treehouse resort in the jungle of Costa Rica, and at a permaculture farm in front of the longest left wave in the world (not telling you where!). Basically, Yoga Trade is a platform that connects people who are looking for yoga instructors with the yoga instructors themselves. You can get on the platform and find dozens of available jobs in awesome, exotic places such as the ones listed above. I hopped on the platform just now to give you an example, and there’s listings right now in Laos, Rome, Peru, Medellin, Costa Rica, just to name a few.
Most of these exchanges are on a trade basis, although some do offer payment. Most of my exchanges have been like this: I teach one yoga class a day, and in exchange I’m provided with free food and accommodations. (Yes, really!). If you’re looking for a cheap, sustainable way to travel – Yoga Trade is perfect for you.
Join the FB group
There is a great Facebook group called ‘Yoga Jobs All Over the World’. Like Yoga Trade, here you’ll find different listings of similar jobs, ranging from internships to paid opportunities, to trade opportunities.
Host yoga retreats
If you want to travel on your own terms and be 100% in charge, then hosting your own yoga retreats is your best option. You can decide on exactly where you would like to go, and then create a yoga retreat for that specific destination with your own itinerary. Of course, this option will take lots of research, time, and dedication to figure out planning and logistics. However, this option can be extremely rewarding, as you’re guiding yourself and others through an experiential journey with your own unique offerings.
Of course, if you’re going to host yoga retreats, you’ll need people to attend! If you don’t already have a following, I recommend starting by teaching classes or workshops and using these events to showcase your skills and promote your retreats. If you’re shy on social media, it’s time to get out of your shell and start showing up as the kind of leader you would want to take you on a yoga retreat. Would you just agree to book a yoga retreat with somebody who you have no idea what they’re about? Odds are, probably not. So then, it’s time to start showing up as a teacher, a leader, and as somebody your students can TRUST.
Just go for it
If you’ve done a lot of traveling in the past, you probably know that many opportunities arise in the most spontaneous moments. If you haven’t had any luck finding a yoga job and getting an itinerary planned, don’t sweat! Most of the time, if you just take a leap of faith and go to that corner of the world that has been calling your name – you’ll receive clarity and answers.
So many times, I’ve had no clue why I felt called to a certain part of the world, but as soon as I arrived there everything lined up perfectly. I call this listening to the divine calling. Don’t worry about getting a job lined up – just go for it. Buy the ticket. Quit the job. And trust that everything will align.
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