101 Yoga Teacher Income Streams 


If you’re thinking about becoming a full time yoga teacher, and you’re not a retired banker with an infinite supply of disposable income, then it may be time to get a bit street wise about the different types of yoga teacher income streams.


Burn Out

If you’re relying on just one stream of yoga income, as most teachers do (their yoga classes), then it’s difficult, if not down right impossible to become a full time yoga teacher and still have a life. I mean, of course, you can teach 10 to 20 yoga classes a week, but that would lead to burn out within a couple of years.

Plus, the relationship with your other half has a high chance of burning out as well because, well you know why. Because your partner will come home from work and you’ll be off to teach yoga. You’ll be two ships passing in the night. That might be fine if you can’t stand the sight of your partner, but, if per chance you actually like him or her, each evening yoga class will cause a microscopic tear in the relationship that will eventually cause an irreparable rip. It might not be obvious at the time, but it’s a bit like undergoing Chinese Water Torture (victims were strapped down so they could not move, and water was then dripped slowly on the forehead. This gradually drove the victims utterly crazy. The imperceptible drip, drip, drip, drip didn’t seem like much of a torture to begin with, but it was probably the cruelest torture ever perceived by man).

Beware of the drip because they add up.

In a word, you’re looking for….


Balance


Or if I’m allowed two words, I’d say…


Life balance


Life balance is the secret ingredient for happiness. Ten to twenty classes a week may make you a full-time yoga teacher, but it will also make you unbalanced, one dimensional and addicted to yoga. In my mind being addicted to yoga isn’t any better than any other addiction, including to alcohol or drugs. Any form of addiction is a convenient distraction and robs a life of that elixir of happiness, life balance.

When I give you a “stream of income” idea, it will be actionable.  By actionable I mean, you’ll have exact steps you can take to manifest the stream of income into reality. No mater how much you meditate, or how enlightened you become, you will still need to practice karma (action) yoga and actually “do” something. Thinking about doing it doesn’t count.  Having the intention of doing it one day, doesn’t count. The only thing that counts is if you take immediate action and like Nike says, “just do it”.


Let’s take a look at those income streams…


Stream #1
One to one sessions

Most yoga teachers teach what I call “bread and butter” one to one sessions.   The bread and butter sessions are for people who come to your yoga class.   However, with a wee bit of imagination and a bit of courage to pick up the phone (or send an email), you can get lots of one to one sessions.

Stream #2
One to one pre and post natal yoga

I was giving so many one to one yoga pregnancy sessions that I spent months creating something called the Yoga Pregnancy Yoga Lesson Planner which is a bonus within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #3
One to one yoga for amateur golfers

I give one to one session with professional golfers because, well, I used to be a professional golfer.   I know what they are going through (most have bad backs and high stress levels due to constantly competing) so I’m pretty good at.   However, you don’t need to have played golf to teach yoga for golfers.   You could approach the secretary or golf pro at your local golf club and offer to teach yoga at the golf club.

Stream #4
Group yoga for top junior golfers 

You could Google “junior golf academy [name of your county]” and contact the junior organizer and offer to teach yoga to their players during training days.   You could also contact the secretary or golf pro at your local golf club and offer to teach yoga for juniors at the golf club.

Stream #5
One to one yoga for European PGA Tour Players 

You could find out from the European PGA Tour who plays on the European PGA Tour in your county, hunt down their email addresses and offer them one to one yoga sessions.

Stream #6
Group yoga for European PGA Tour Players 

If you live in a county that hosts a European Tour Event, you could offer yoga sessions at the event.   All you’d need to do is call the PGA and tell them you’d like to offer yoga sessions for free at the event.   You may get a few celebrity golfers coming to you for yoga.

Stream #7
Yoga for golfers DVD 

Find a golfer who has played (or is currently playing) on the European PGA Tour to be on your Yoga For Golfers DVD.   Create a yoga for golfers lesson plan using The Yoga Genie Lesson Planner within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #8
Yoga for senior golfers

You could approach the secretary or golf pro at your local golf club and offer to teach yoga for seniors at the golf club.

Stream #9
Yoga for senior golfers DVD 

Find a senior golfer at a local golf club (or even better a senior professional golfer) who has played (or is currently playing) on the European Senior PGA Tour to be on your Yoga For Senior Golfers DVD. Create a yoga for senior golfers lesson plan using The Yoga Genie Lesson Planner within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #10
One to one yoga for top amateur golfers

You could contact you county amateur golf association and offer to teach yoga individually to their top players.

Stream #11
Group yoga for top amateur golfers

You could contact your county amateur golf association and offer to teach yoga during their training days.

Stream #12
Group yoga for top amateur golfers

You could hire someone to film you teach yoga during the training day (see stream #11).

Stream #13
One to one yoga for women golfers 

You could approach the secretary or golf pro at your local golf club and offer to teach yoga for women at the golf club.

Stream #14
One to one yoga for runners 

You could contact running clubs and offer one to one yoga to their top runners.  You can use the yoga for runners lesson plan within the Yoga For Runners Workshop Kit.

Stream #15
Group yoga for runners 

You could contact running clubs and offer group yoga once a month at their running club?  You can use the yoga for runners lesson plan within the Yoga For Runners Workshop Kit.

Stream #16
Yin Yang Yoga Workshop

You could organise a yoga workshop that incorporates yin and yang yoga. Or you could simply use The Yin Yang Yoga Workshop Kit.

Stream #17
Teach a traditional yoga class 

You could teach a traditional yoga classes for “beginners” and “advanced students” and create yoga lesson plans using the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #18
Teach a yoga class at a tennis club 

You could approach the secretary of a tennis club and offer to teach yoga at the club once a month.

Stream #19
Yoga for tennis DVD 

Find a tennis player at a tennis club to be on your Yoga For Tennis DVD. Create a yoga for tennis lesson plan using The Yoga Genie Lesson Planner within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #20
Teach a yoga class at a rugby club 

You could approach the secretary of a rugby club and offer to teach yoga at the club once a month.

Stream #21
Yoga for rugby DVD 

Find a rugby player at a rugby club to be on your Yoga For Rugby DVD. Create a yoga for rugby lesson plan using The Yoga Genie Lesson Planner within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #22
Teach a yoga class at a football club 

You could approach the secretary of a football club and offer to teach yoga at the club once a month.

Stream #23
Yoga for football DVD 

Find a football player at a football club to be on your Yoga For Football Players DVD.  Create a yoga for football lesson plan using The Yoga Genie Lesson Planner within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

Stream #24
Teach a yoga class at a festival 

If there are festivals near where you live, contact the organisers and offer to teach yoga at the festival.

Stream #25
Teach a yoga class at a corporation  

The great thing about teaching at niche venues is that you don’t have do any marketing at all. The students are already there. For example if you teach at a corporation, the employees are already there.  If you teach at a festival, the festival goers are already there. This “not having to do any marketing” approach is using the yogic law of less is more. Instead of spending your time and money slaving away to attract students to your “beginners class”, setting up niche yoga classes gets rid of having to do all that.

You could call up all the big businesses near where you live and offer to run a yoga class at their place of business.

Stream #26
One year courses 

I set up my “traditional yoga classes” as one year courses!

Most yoga teachers have 6 yoga week courses or a “pay as you go” set up.  To me that’s setting yourself up for failure.

Here’s why?

When you have “pay as you go” classes you attract pay as you go type students. Pay as you go students rarely have the discipline to come to a weekly yoga class for a whole year.  I let each student know that coming to my class isn’t a quick fix. If they’re looking for something quick and easy, I suggest they join someone else’s class. I let them know that my class is only for students who are serious and committed to coming on a weekly basis for at least one year. You may think that I’m bonkers and need someone in a white coat to put a straight jacket on me, but hear me out.

If you don’t have the “this class is for serious students chat” with a new student, preferably on the phone before their first class, it significantly reduces the change they morph into a loyal student who religiously comes to class on a weekly bases.

Magicians such as Daren Brown know the secret I’m talking about it. It’s called auto suggestion.  A smart guy called Coué in 1876 discovered that “any idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality”, although only to the extent that the idea is within the realm of possibility. If you occupy your new student’s mind with the idea that the class is only for “serious students who are committed to coming weekly for at least one year”, their mind will turn it into a reality.

But, the reverse is also true.

If you occupy your new student’s mind with the idea that the class is only for “uncommitted students who can pay per class”, their mind will turn it into a reality.

Stream #27
Sell yoga related products

You may like this post I wrote about selling yoga products.

Stream #28
Yoga days/workshops

I spent months creating something called The Yoga Retreat Kit.  It’s also perfect if you’re thinking about organising yoga days/workshops.

Stream #29
Yoga weekends

I spent months creating something called The Yoga Retreat Kit.  It has everything you need to plan and host a profitable yoga weekend.

Stream #30
Yoga retreats

I spent months creating something called the Yoga Retreat Kit.  It has everything you need to plan and host a profitable seven day yoga retreat.

Stream #31
Yoga kindle eBooks

Write and publish a series of yoga kindle eBooks.

Stream #32-100
Yoga Retreat Ideas

Below you’ll discover over 70 ideas for your next yoga retreat (or workshop). These ideas came from my Yoga Retreat Kit.  All you have to do is create a page on your website, find a venue and start marketing it using the yoga retreat marketing tactics within the Yoga Retreat Kit.


  • Eight steps to happiness yoga retreats
  • End of summer yoga beach retreats
  • Energy yoga retreats
  • Energy for life yoga retreats
  • Find clarity yoga retreats
  • Gardening and yoga retreats
  • Golfing mind and yoga retreats
  • Golf, hypnosis and yoga retreats
  • Hatha yoga retreats
  • Healthy living yoga retreats
  • Holistic bodywork yoga retreats
  • Horse riding and yoga retreats
  • Indian summer beach yoga retreats
  • Inner light yoga retreats
  • Inner quest yoga retreats
  • Juice Fasting, Yoga and Detoxification retreats
  • Kundalini yoga retreats
  • Learn to meditate yoga retreats
  • Life coaching & yoga retreats
  • Luxury yoga and meditation retreats
  • Luxury yoga and spa retreats
  • Moving into stillness yoga retreats
  • Nourish and nurture your body & soul retreats
  • Personal alchemy yoga retreats
  • Power yoga retreats
  • Power yoga total body retreats
  • Quest for balance yoga retreats
  • Radiance yoga retreats
  • Reawakening Souls retreats
  • Red sea paradise yoga retreats
  • Reflective spiritual focus yoga retreats
  • Restorative yoga retreats
  • Rock climbing and yoga retreats
  • Scuba diving and yoga retreats
  • Snow yoga retreats
  • Swim with dolphins and yoga retreats
  • Subliminal power and yoga retreats
  • Summer solstice yoga retreats
  • Sustainability and yoga retreats
  • Sun kissed yoga adventure retreats
  • Surf yoga retreats
  • The £99 yoga retreat
  • The path of liberation yoga retreats
  • The peaceful warrior yoga retreats
  • The rainbow within yoga retreats
  • Veggi yoga retreats
  • Way of the chakras yoga retreats
  • Wellbeing Yoga retreats
  • Wellness and yoga retreats
  • Windsurfing yoga retreats
  • Yoga and meditation retreats
  • Yoga and mediation in the rain forest
  • Yoga and photography retreats
  • Yoga and climbing retreats in the French Alps
  • Yoga and sea kayaking retreats
  • Yoga and Spanish course retreats
  • Yoga by the beach retreats
  • Yoga cleanse and pamper retreats
  • Yoga cruise retreats
  • Yoga for beginners
  • Yoga for golfers
  • Yoga for life retreats
  • Yoga for real life retreats
  • Yoga for stress release retreats
  • Yoga for you retreats
  • Yoga nidra retreats
  • Yoga on the farm retreats
  • Yoga on the water retreats
  • Yoga walking and holistic retreats
  • Yoga retreats in Africa
  • Yoga retreats in the Austrian mountains

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