Becoming a yoga instructor is a lot of hard work but so fun and rewarding! You have to complete a 200 hour teacher training. It’s important to research studios in your area that have trainings. Look for one in the style of yoga you are most drawn to (vinyasa, hot, hatha, etc.) and whose schedule fits into your schedule. I would also advise finding a Yoga Alliance certified studio. This makes you more likely to be hired after you complete your training. Also, it’s important to consider price (compare different ones in your area) and the student/teacher ratio. Most importantly, find a studio that fits with you - one you feel comfortable and welcome in…this will make a huge difference!
Once you commit to one, it’s time to start training! Most trainings will cover more than just how to teach yoga (though that is, obviously, the main focus). You will cover how to teach a basic class by going over each pose, how to cue students into it, it’s benefits and adjustments for it. You will also go into some yoga history, anatomy, philosophy and other aspects of yoga. In addition to the training sessions, most studios will ask you to take a certain number of classes (mine had us do 40 but I did many more!) which help to advance your own practice and expose you to different teachers with different styles.
At the end of the training, you will have to complete a written final and a practical final, where you will teach a full or partial class. It sounds daunting, but by that point, you’ll be ready! And then…you’re a certified yoga teacher!
This is probably the hardest part - the job search. I would suggest starting out by teaching donation based classes in a park or on the beach to gain experience. Then, apply to gyms or studios in your area. Be friendly, confident and flexible. Be willing to take jobs that could lead to future teaching positions (front desk work, subbing, etc.), just being around a studio is great! You’ll meet other teachers and students. Show that you are passionate about teaching yoga and you will get the opportunity to teach!
Becoming a yoga instructor has been the greatest experience of my life. It has had it’s trials, but I am so happy that I decided to become a yoga instructor! >^.^<