Yoga therapist

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Yoga therapists use yoga to help people with physical issues, emotional issues or specific health problems.

Salary Range: Variable

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You can get into this job through:

  • specialist courses run by private training organisations
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Other routes

You could take a course in yoga therapy approved by the British Council for Yoga Therapy. To do this you’ll usually need:

  • a yoga teaching qualification
  • a minimum of 120 hours of teaching yoga over one year
  • to have been regularly practising yoga for a minimum of 3 years

You may need to show examples of recent study to prove that you can cope with the academic content of the course. A background in anatomy and physiology will be useful.

More information

Registration

Further information

You can find more details about working in yoga from the British Council for Yoga Therapy.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • leadership skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • doing a consultation with new clients to find out their physical condition, medical history and any related lifestyle factors
  • deciding on an personalised programme of therapy to help with issues or symptoms
  • working with clients on a one-to-one basis or in group classes
  • teaching a range of yoga postures from simple moves to more complex ones
  • teaching breathing exercises, relaxation and visualisation techniques
  • giving advice on how to maintain good health and a sense of inner peace and relaxation

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a health centre.

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You could teach yoga, as well as practising as a self-employed therapist.