So, you’ve just completed your first yoga ttc in India…Congratulations!
That is a huge success and before you start to wonder what happens next, take a moment to give yourself a little love and gratitude for working so hard and accomplishing a goal.
You’re probably starting to think about getting a teaching job now, but like a lot of teachers just starting out, you might not have any idea how to put together a yoga teacher resume, especially if you don’t have any formal teaching experience.
Fear not! We at Siddhi Yoga are here to help you create a yoga teacher resume that reflects your best self. Now let’s break down exactly what you’ll need to build a standout yoga teacher resume.
Begin your resume with a personal statement, a couple sentences about yourself and teaching style. You can include some information about your teacher training here and incorporate its focus within yoga (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, etc.).
Be honest about who you are. State why you love to teach and what you’d like to give to your students in the process. Keep this section concise and clear.
Education and Certification
Here is where you’ll state the specifics about your teacher training.
How many hours was it? Where and when did you complete the training? Are you registered with the Yoga Alliance?
If your teacher training school has a website, be sure to include a link so your potential employer can learn more about it, and you, in the process.
Don’t forget other yoga trainings you may have taken in the past. If you’ve participated in weekend-long specialized trainings, assistant trainings or yoga philosophy workshops, be sure to note them beneath your teaching certification.
Don’t exclude other education or certifications you might have besides yoga teacher training. If you have any university degrees or other kinds of teaching/wellness certifications, you’ll want to list these on your resume.
Just because they aren’t yoga related doesn’t mean they’re irrelevant. Displaying different kinds of education not only shows how versatile you are, but that you’re committed to learning and growing as a human being.
Even if you’ve never been paid to teach, you can list any practice teaching you’ve done, even if it’s just with family and friends. Teaching is teaching. And it’s better to include your practice teaching experience, than no experience at all.
Any assisting that you’ve done can be listed here, as well.
Other Work Experience
Don’t forget about all of the other great experience you have! This doesn’t have to be directly related to teaching yoga, but you can point out the ways in which your past work experience has prepared you to be a great yoga teacher.
If you’ve been a school or fitness teacher, specify how those teaching experiences have readied you for the yoga studio.
Don’t worry if you’ve never been any kind of teacher at all. Taking on a leadership role produces confidence, working within a team creates adaptability and working in the service industry teaches patience and customer service.
All of these things can be useful within the studio!
Go Beyond the Studio
In this section, you can include any volunteer work you do within your community. Anything from working at nonprofit organizations to internships to karma yoga at your local studio can be made known here.
This is a great place to showcase any hobbies or side jobs. If you’re a writer and have a blog, share your website. Or if you love to make jewelry, let them know! You never know what will make you stand out so don’t cut yourself short.
Keep It Short and Sweet
Your resume doesn’t need to be any longer than one page. Keep it organized and relevant to teaching yoga.
Have a friend edit it before you send your resume in. Sometimes it helps to have an unbiased set of eyes take a look and get rid of anything that is irrelevant to teaching yoga.
So now that you’ve created your resume, there are a few more things you can do to stand out from the crowd.
Some people like to include photos on their resumes, especially if they’re applying online. Adding a photo is completely up to you. However, be careful what kind of photo you choose.
Selfies, photos taken while out with your friends or even old photos that aren’t a true representation of you anymore may seem unprofessional. Choose a professional-looking headshot, or even a photo of you in asana (a pose).
Time to Apply
It’s become very popular to apply for jobs online. However, people still appreciate seeing a little extra effort, especially from job applicants. So instead of emailing your resume, take it to the studio yourself.
Make sure you go when you know the studio owner or manager will be there, and be respectful of their time. Before you jump headfirst into a spiel about how you’d LOVE to teach at their yoga studio, ask if they have some time to speak with you.
Once you have the go-ahead, introduce yourself and tell them why you love that studio in particular and want to be a part of it. Then hand over your resume.
Don’t forget to offer to start out as a substitute teacher. This is one of the best ways to gain experience, and plenty of studios need more subs. A lot of times, substituting is a fast track to a permanent teaching job, too.
You can also offer to teach the community/karma class at your studio if you still want to gain more experience. If the studio you’re applying at doesn’t have a community class, offer to teach one!
We’ve put together an example of a great yoga teacher resume below!
111 Om St.
Asanaville, CA 91000
I am an energetic yoga instructor with advanced training in Hatha yoga. My purpose is to uplift and inspire my students, to encourage them to live mindfully and in their truth, both on and off the mat.
Certificates and Education
200 hour RYT
Yoga Teacher Assistant Training
May 14-15, 2016
Ohana Yoga, Asanaville, CA
University of Lotus Flower
Graduated, May 2012
Asanaville Yoga in the Park
Asanaville Community Park, CA
Yoga Teacher Assistant
Other Work Experience
Asanaville Tree Foundation
Community Outreach Specialist
- Responsible for motivating the team and in charge of recruitment
January 2011-September 2014
- Maintained a safe, clean and healthy environment
Ohana Yoga, Asanaville – Karma Yogi
Asanaville Meditation Center – weekly volunteer
Holistic Food Blogger – www.yourwebsitehere.com