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Yoga Instructor Salary Explained: 2022 (UK Guide)

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Whether you’re looking for a complete change of career or you just want to add an extra string to your bow, finding out how much you can charge as yoga instructor and the yoga teacher salary (UK) is a must to determining if this is a career option worth exploring.

In this article you will find:

  • The demand for yoga teachers and how this influences your earnings
  • Average yoga teacher salary
  • Factors that Influence your earnings
  • See where & who you could work for and how that influences your yoga teacher wage
  • Does one style of yoga pay more than another style?
  • How you can increase your teacher salary
  • Yoga qualifications and guide to find the right course for you

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What is the Demand for Yoga Teachers:

Yoga was formulated 5,000 years ago by the Sarasvati civilization in Northern India and is just as popular today.

In fact, it is reported by Finder.com that now up to 460,000 Brits are taking part in yoga classes each week, which is just over 6.5% of the UK’s entire population.

Finder report goes on to state that there are now over 10,000 qualified instructors in the UK and between 20 and 30 thousand yoga classes take place each week.

With this increase in participation has led to the rise of the number of qualified yoga teachers and the subsequent increase in the number of yoga studios and private home led instructors.

This trend is set to continue in similar vein according to Allied Market Research who have forecast that participation will continue to increase, which will in turn increase the market value, the number of yoga specific training and certified yoga teachers as demonstrated by the graph below:

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Demand is what determines any business and within the UK Yoga market this has led to yoga becoming a lucrative career for aspiring professionals to quit their boring 9-5 job and start a new path they’re truly passionate about.

But what is the typical average salary of a yoga instructor? Read on to find out and what factors influence your potential earnings….. 

What is the average yoga teacher salary?

According to Indeed the average yoga instructor hourly wage is £25.77 per hour, which is closely mirrored by Payscale who suggested it was £21.50, with an average yoga teacher annual income of £40,000 and Glassdoor even reported it at just under £56,000, which is not too shabby!

Location is also a key variable to bear in mind, where the average London yoga teacher salary is vastly different to the rest of the UK where Indeed estimates it to be £29.24 per hour by contrast to around £20 per hour average for the rest of the UK:

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When contrasted to personal training, which is a bigger market, the average PT salary annual income is just £27,000 by comparison.  

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Additionally, Payscale indicates that from the yoga teacher salary information they possess, that earnings increase over time and experience:

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This trend would be expected as it may take you a little time to build your freelance client base or gain a promotion to a yoga studio manager or class co-ordinator, or maybe even starting your own yoga studio, thus increasing your yoga instructor wage vastly. 

One thing to bear in mind with these yoga statistics provided by Indeed and Glassdoor is that they are jobs boards and are basing their analytics off yoga salaries of what employer’s post and do not take into consideration other key variables that directly influence your yoga teacher earnings, which are key to factor in!

Keep reading to find out how much it matters!

 

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What factors influence your Yoga Instructor Teacher Salary?

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There are many contributing factors that will determine what yoga teacher salary (UK) and wage you will pick up, including: 

  • How many hours you work
  • How many clients you have
  • How frequently those clients attend sessions /classes
  • Where you work and in what capacity
  • What services you offer / additional services you provide
  • How much you charge for those services 

How Many Hours you Work & How Many Clients you Have

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One key aspect that the above yoga salary statistics from jobs boards does not factor in, is the number of hours you work or the number of clients you have.

Logically, the more hours you work the more you can earn. But bear in mind that you could technically have an hourly rate of £100 per hour but only one private client on once per week, which would make your part time yoga instructor salary annual income just £5,200, but technically you earn £100 per hour.   

Additionally, it could work the other way, where you have 100 clients on once per week, but you charge just £15 per hour, but that actually would equal £78,000 per year.

Of course, these are both extreme examples, but it is worth noting as this will have a direct impact on your yoga instructor earnings.  

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Yoga Income Depends on: Client Attendance, Marketing and How much you Charge

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Another key factor that will influence your certified yoga instructor salary, aside from how many clients and the number of hours you invest, is how much you charge for your services, the structure of those services and the demographic to which you wish to appeal to.

Naturally if you had the same number of clients per class, the more you charge for your services the more money you will make.

However, if the amount you charge causes less enquiries and sign ups, you might not be able to fill those classes in the first place. 

Additionally, depending on how you plan to charge your clients, the number of classes you put on per week and the number of people that will fill those classes is a key factor to what your yoga instructor earnings will be.  This is what all business's go through, the fine balance between appeal, demand and margins.

If you come from a strong advertising or marketing background or have a strong will to learn, this will inevitably help you fill classes, position yourself in the market better than other yoga professionals, drive higher levels of enquiries which all have direct impacts on your yoga instructor salary. If you don't check out our fitness marketing article to give you a helping hand. 

Where you work and in what capacity influences your yoga teacher income

There are many avenues you can explore as qualified yoga teacher and each in turn will have a direct impact on your yoga teacher wage.

These routes can be broken down into two aspects, freelance or employed. 

Let’s start with the employed routes you could take and how much they pay!

Employed Routes and registered yoga teacher salary:

Yes, there are direct employed routes within the yoga market and below we have listed all the options available to you as well as the anticipated yoga teacher hourly wage or salary to expect. 

Working for a gym or private yoga studio as a Yoga Teacher

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As yoga has become more mainstream and gained in popularity the accessibility has improved with more gyms offering more yoga classes and workshops on their timetables as well as more private and tailored yoga studios popping up.

This has led to the increased demand for yoga instructors to fulfil the delivery of these classes and due to the volume of roles increasing, the opportunity to gaining employment within this capacity as grew simultaneously with it.

Contracted Work as a Yoga Teacher

Many gyms and smaller studios will hire yoga teachers on contracts or on a part-time yoga instructor salary to normally to give that yoga teacher enough work to cover all their classes but also give their client base continuity. This type of work is traditionally found at gyms and studios and pays around £20-£25 per hour, see below an example job advertisement by Yogai in Manchester:

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Full Time Employment as a Yoga Instructor

Yes, you can qualify and find roles that pay a full-time yoga instructor salary at yoga studios and fitness and sport facilities that have large targeted demographics.

With full time roles, the hours can be varied as yoga classes are normally run when working commercials are able to attend, so expect some early mornings and late finishes and yoga salaries can be both annual and hourly through this method.

A typical yoga hourly wage for a full-time employee is around £15-£20 per hour and around £25,000 per annum basic with bonuses on a 40-hour per week contract. See an example below from this job put up by Tribe Yoga:

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These types of jobs are normally found at yoga specific gyms or studios, whereas most other yoga roles follow the contracted pattern of work outlined in the next section.

Freelancing as a Yoga Teacher

You may elect to become a freelance yoga teacher and start your very own yoga business and there are various methods and delivery styles that you can divulge into, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching Yoga from Clients Home
  • Teaching classes using the great outdoors
  • Becoming an online yoga Instructor
  • Setting up your very own yoga studio
  • Offering Corporate Yoga
  • Combining multiple avenues

At OriGym we wanted to find out the not just the most popular freelance routes that yoga instructors explored post qualifying, but also what their yoga instructor salary (UK) was to give you an indication to what earnings you could expect and some of the results were surprising. 

This survey was conducted utilising survey monkey of 411 yoga professionals (excluding those in employed positions) that have a minimum of 12 months experience in the industry.

Each participation was asked to tick one of the below options and then to declare both their annual income and hourly yoga income.

 

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Table to show the type of delivery of yoga career paths and delivery methods:

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As you can see, most yoga instructors surveyed tend to combine more than one service to maximise their yoga instructor income with the lowest of those opting to take a corporate yoga instructor salary and “other” options.

But, how does this translate into both hourly earnings and average annual income?

Find out below:

Table to show the average wage per class or session:

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Private home yoga sessions seem to be the most lucrative freelance route with an average of £41 per session, whilst the online yoga instructor wage per sessions seems to be the lowest at just £16.

But, how does this thought translate into yearly yoga teacher salary (UK)? See below:

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Analysing the Results: 

Setting up a yoga studio seems to be the most lucrative route to increasing your yoga teacher salary, followed by starting an online yoga business, despite their fees per session rates not being as high as other options.

Corporate yoga and running outdoor yoga classes seem to produce the lowest income return, despite the per session rate being high for corporate yoga.

These results on the surface may seem surprising in some areas, but actually make perfect sense.

With online yoga teachers, they are not bound by location thus vastly increasing their reach and audience size and despite charging a smaller amount to the end client, actually their yoga teacher income potential is far greater than most other routes.

Studios also have greater earning potential as they are not bound by a set hourly wage or have a capacity of the number of yoga classes or sessions they can deliver and may have multiple teachers taking classes at any one time, unlike many other avenues such as corporate yoga, home sessions or freelancing between gyms. 

Does the type of yoga class influence your yoga instructor hourly wage? 

There are many different types of yoga and some are more popular than others with both trainers and the general public.  

We wanted to know though, if you could earn a better yoga teacher hourly wage based off the type of yoga class, so we also asked our group of graduates what style of yoga classes they ran and how much they make per class from the styles they adopted.

Here is what we found:

Yoga instructors could select more than one yoga style, but they had to individually input their total class income for that particular type of yoga. The table below shows the popularity of yoga styles taught from those surveyed:

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This table shows how much income is generated per class and style of yoga:

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Analysing the Results

It would seem that the Bikram yoga instructor salary and class rate is the most lucrative discipline of yoga for teachers to explore.

This could be due to that hot yoga is trending right now, as well as the amplified costs that it takes to set-up and run a hot yoga class by contrast to other forms of yoga, which could increase the cost of class participation.

With far fewer studios, boutique gyms set-up to run hot yoga in conjunction with instructor numbers specialising in becoming a bikram yoga instructor being low, those looking for a hot yoga class may be willing to travel further to get the class they desire. 

Additionally, hatha yoga, which is the most popular form of yoga is run in most commercial gyms could actually be the most profitable as it requires minimal overheads, and as we don’t know how frequently all of these classes occur, could be run far more often and the attendees diluted over more classes. 

Jivamukti yoga seems to give teachers the lowest income returns per class.

This could be down to that Jivamukti yoga is one of the least well-known forms and has less mass market appeal than other disciplines. We also need to bear in mind with the less popular yoga styles that the income averages is also spread over a smaller amount of yoga teachers, giving us a smaller sample size to get an accurate figure.

How you can Boost your Yoga Instructor Salary (UK)

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There are few ways you can increase your yoga teacher training salary that you may wish to consider if this is a route you go onto explore where many new yoga professionals go wrong. 

Creating Yoga Packages, the Right Way!

One of the best ways to increase your yoga instructor salary (UK) is getting your packages set-up in the right way!

One big thing that makes a huge difference is that new professional start charging their clients per session or in blocked sessions of 5, 10 or 15 classes for a set figure. This may on the surface seem like there is now down side as you get paid upfront on the yoga classes you have not delivered yet? But, actually there are plenty negatives that directly impacts how fruitful your business will be and your, including….

A) Creates End Dates – Think about this logically, what will happen at the end when a client has utilised all of their yoga classes they have paid for? There is no end to health and fitness goals, they simply just adapt and change with time as targets and goals are reached. By selling in blocked sessions you uninvitedly creates a natural end date for clients. Read the next point to see how detrimental this will be…. 

B) Have to Constantly Re-sell – The hardest part of being a yoga professional is getting new clients. By selling in blocked sessions, what do you think will happen to those clients when their have finished all their classes, even when you have delivered a fantastic experience and got results? Yes, you’re going to re-sell to the clients you already have. You will have to have that awkward conversation regarding money that many fitness professionals dread. Instead of focusing on what you should be growing your business, your marketing, gaining new clients and increasing your yoga instructor salary, you’re instead spending most of your time desperately trying to keep the ones you already have.

C) Low Client Retention & De-values your service – When you sell in blocked sessions, the other aspect you need to consider is what happens to the client once those sessions are finished. Not just are you going to have to take huge time out of your schedule to re-sell to them, but they mostly likely will not just say “ok then”.

The more likely answers you will get goes something like this…..

  • Yes I am interest in renewing, how much can you do it for?
  • XXXX Yoga company down the road are doing 10 sessions for less, can you beat that?
  • I will be renewing in a few weeks after my kids birthday, Christmas, my holiday, my sister’s wedding, sons bar mitzvah etc etc.
  • I’ve hit my goals now and want to try it on my own

This leads you to reducing prices, causes gaps in when people do renew and leaves you losing clients all together.

D) Forecasting – By getting new clients paying you upfront here and there, but with clients equally not renewing here and there, you are unbale to make effecting forecasting which is critical to any business.

Forecasting enables you to schedule ahead of time for growth and to scale your business and increase your salary as a yoga teacher. 

Now we have addressed why selling in blocked sessions is detrimental, but what is the solution?

Simple……Monthly Packages!

Monthly packages are where you apply a monthly fee for your services based off the number of yoga classes an individual can attend. Here is an example of what that can look like:

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Monthly packages can drastically improve your average yoga teacher salary and combats the issues raised with selling in blocked sessions and gives you some extra benefits to. For example:

A) Increases Sales - By offering three simple yoga packages, you make the buying decision simple for your prospective clients as there is only three options for them to pick from. This will both increase your conversions during the selling process and keep clients on a set payment structure, so you don’t have clients paying different amounts for the same number of classes, which causes complaints and lowers customer retention.

B) Increases Client Retention – Your client retention levels will vastly increase as there are no set end dates, much like a gym membership. Some clients will stay for years without any gaps in payments thus increasing your annual yoga teacher wage.

C) Hardly Ever have to Re-sell – As your clients have no predefined end date to when their yoga classes end, you don’t have to spend countless hours of your time trying to get them to sign up for more sessions or damaging rapport by having to constantly ask for money and can focus on really growing your yoga business.

D)Forecast Accurately – As clients will be paying you monthly via direct debit or standing order, you can flex for what your yoga instructor salary will be each month, which in turn, allows you to plan accurately how to grow your yoga business further.

E) Increases your Average Yoga Instructor Salary – By having a stable and continuous flow of income each month and higher retention rates and no gaps in between client s payments will inevitably leads to your salary as yoga instructor increase.

 

Adding Strings to your bow to that directly Increase your Yoga Teacher Salary

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We have all heard the phrase “adding strings to your bow”, but where many fitness and yoga professionals go wrong is buying extra courses and qualifications without fully knowing how it will facilitate their existing business or increase their yoga teacher salary (UK).

The type of extra qualifications you should pursue are ones where it is a legal requirement to be qualified in that particular discipline of fitness and can directly impact your earnings as consequence of completing that course or widens your target market appeal.

Qualifications that fit this bill:

Add Personal Training to your Yoga Business to Increase your Client Base

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Adding Personal Training to your arsenal is a great way to increase your reach, diversify your market and it will even help your yoga business grow at the same time.

Not just will you be able to offer personal training sessions, but you will also notice that clients from yoga will start taking up PT, and clients from PT will start attending yoga classes, thus increasing both your client base and subsequent your average yoga teacher salary. See OriGym's personal training course packages here. 

Adding Sports Massage to Bolster your Yoga Teacher Earnings

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Another route to explore is getting qualified in sports massage therapy (SMT). The reason why SMT is an understated qualification and can make a huge difference to your yoga instructor wage is that not many yoga instructors are certified to offer, which creates exclusivity, but far more importantly is that it actually will increase your earnings.

Here’s how….

One of the most frustrating aspects for any yoga professional is when a regularly attending client sustains an injury, which can cause them to cancel sessions and break their exercise habit, resulting in lost potential earnings.

This is where the sports massage qualification comes in very handy, as you can directly substitute your yoga classes for SMT sessions without having to lose income or create gaps in your relationship with your client.

Additionally, you will also be able to ascertain new yoga clients through the medium of offering sports massage. When you get a new massage client, you get that 1-2-1 time with them to build rapport, develop relations and promote the benefits of your yoga classes or sessions and can convert them into a new paying client after they have completed their rehabilitation.

This is why SMT should be one of the “go to” qualifications for yoga professionals as it will help boost the average salary of a yoga teacher in more than just one way.

 

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Become a Yoga Tutor & Assessor for Extra Yoga Income

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Another potential skill that very few yoga professionals consider is becoming a qualified assessor of the next generation of yoga professionals.

There is a shortage of qualified assessors in the UK in general, but that is even more prevalent with yoga.

Completing your teaching and assessing qualification means you can work for a college or training provider (such as ourselves) where you can freelance to enhance your part-time yoga instructor salary either teaching practical’s or conducting assessments.

With daily rates of up to £200 a day and plenty of work available, this is another great avenue to consider boosting your earnings through taking extra qualifications. 

Becoming proficient in Variations of Yoga to Enhance your Yoga Instructor Earnings 

As we should all know, yoga breaks down into a variety of different styles and disciplines, including hatha, vinyasa, ashtanaga, bikram, yin and many more.

Becoming more knowledgeable and fluid with different variations of yoga will increase your market appeal, allow you to run more varied classes, increase your reach and enhance your yoga instructor salary.

Many yoga enthusiasts tend to have their "preferred" style of yoga or one that suits their fitness objectives better, which is why offering diversity on your class timetable will resonate with different target demographics. 

additionally, by segmenting your classes by ability e.g. beginner, intermediate and advanced you will naturally increase your appeal to a wider range of people and allow newbies to feel welcome but giving your more experienced clients a challenging workout. 

 

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How to Qualify as a Yoga Instructor

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Getting qualified as a yoga instructor is pretty straight forward.

You need at minimum a Level 3 diploma in yoga Instructing and there are no pre-requisite requirements in order to enrol onto a Level 3 Diploma.

Additionally, you can also enrol onto a Level 4 diploma in yoga teacher training, but you must be certified at level 3 status first or ascertain them both as part of bundled package. 

If you want to specialise in certain jurisdictions of yoga, like hot yoga, Iyengar or Hatha for example, many providers like ourselves do add on modules to your yoga teacher training, where you can specialise in these particular disciplines of yoga.

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How to find the right Course Provider

Firstly, ensure the qualification and accreditation meets the NOS (National occupational standards) and is regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual is the sister company to Ofsted and regulates all vocational training within the UK from everything from social care through to hairdressing and construction. 

Below Ofqual are governing bodies, better known as awarding bodies. These are the companies that actually certify your certificates, not the companies that conduct your actual training. The leading governing bodies for yoga to look out for are:

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These awarding bodies all report to Ofqual and in turn training providers and colleges report to them.

Possessing an Ofqual regulated qualification from ones of these bodies is not just preferred, its mandatory to you working as a certified yoga instructor in the UK and ensuring you can ascertain the correct yoga insurance to run classes, 1-2-1 sessions or operate online.

Now you know what qualifications to look out for, use our checklist here to find the right course and provider for you:

  • Study Method - The learning method suits your schedule asnd how you learn best
  • Location - Location of practical workshops and assessments is accessible to you
  • Reviews - Check third party reviews sites like Trustpilot for reviews of the course
  • Financial Check - Check companies house to see the financial state of the company. Recently a big training provider went under and hundreds of students lost not just their course, but there money along with it. But, if they had checked companies house they would have seen strike off notices by the government for failure to pay taxes
  • Support - The level of support both during the course and what support you get after the course to getting started.
  • Costs -  Of course, price matters and you want to get value for your money.
  • Extra value -  Are you getting any other qualifications that could supplement your yoga career within the package.

Conclusion

Your yoga teacher salary is largely dependent on the route you elect to go down, adding strings to your bow and building a successful client base through high quality sessions coupled with good marketing. Being a yoga instructor is not just rewarding but as we have seen, can give you a very healthy income. 

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself onto a yoga course today and start your journey into one of the most exciting and compelling industries around!

 

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Written by Luke Hughes

CEO and Co-Founder

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Luke is the CEO and Co-Founder of OriGym. Holding a first-class degree in Sport and Exercise and an MSc in Sport and Nutrition, he is also qualified as a Level 4 Personal Trainer with various specialist credentials covering the entire spectrum of health, fitness and business. Luke has contributed to a variety of major industry publications, including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, The Mirror, The Sun, The Standard and more.

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