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How will teaching yoga change post-lockdown?

Melissa Albarran
Jul 20, 2020 12:25:16 PM

Much like contactless deliveries, fan-less football matches, and virtual wedding ceremonies, the way that we share and receive yoga has transformed due to the pandemic. Trainees who entered training courses pre-lockdown have now emerged, fully-fledged teachers into a profession that no longer resides in the studio, but instead is predominantly transmitted through radio waves from household devices. 

 

Studio Employment 

The post-lockdown studio will likely feature a limited class capacity and reduced timetable, as spaces adjust to new government guidelines and safety advice. The impact of this, of course, will be a reduced number of hours available for teaching staff. 

Unlike times ago, however, yoga teachers are not limited by studio vacancies. The popularity for online and outdoor classes continues to soar, leaving yoga teachers with a wide range of platforms from which to hold a class. 

The Zoom-averse or weather-weary among us could opt for a home yoga studio, welcoming in a select number of students to their refashioned abode. Interested? Check out how to set up a home studio here. 

While studio vacancies may not be in abundance right now, gaining a variety of experience will increase your chances of employability in the long term. When it comes to applying for a job, why not take a look at our blog on “How to create a Yoga CV”?

 

Online Teaching 

Whereas online yoga classes used to be the realm of a few tech-savvy yogis, in lockdown, swarms of teachers have found themselves adapting to life on screen. 

Whether it’s a Facebook live, Youtube or Zoom, digital classes have unveiled a wide range of career opportunities and wider audiences for yoga professionals, a trend that will likely surpass the pandemic. For those newly qualified yogis, the ability to lead classes online, and the insurance to do so, is a must. 

For those accustomed to teaching face to face, this may require some adjusting. If you’re looking for more information on how to set yourself up online, we recommend giving this FREE course a watch!

 

Increased “Competition”

Prior to the transition to online classes, students would have to choose between a few yoga teachers in their local area. Now, however, they have a global selection of teachers to study under, all from the comfort of their living room. Because of this, new teachers entering the digital sphere may experience a unique form of pressure as they enter this post-lockdown industry. 

In this new age of online teaching, teachers need to find effective ways to highlight their specific skillset. Practitioners search for classes with a single click, typically spending no more than 15 seconds on a single webpage. Visually representing your qualifications and accreditation is then crucial in the online sphere, grabbing your client’s attention in a limited time slot. 

Apply for our accreditation badge. 

For yoga teachers operating in a world post-lockdown, developing a “brand” identity, whether that be through further training or specialisms, is all the more important. 

 

Additional Measures 

In the wake of a global pandemic, social consciousness for health and safety is at an all-time high. In addition to the “regular” measures undertaken by teachers to ensure the safety of their clients, comes a new range of safety procedures to adhere to. Risk assessments, thorough health and safety checks, social distancing measures and a rigorous cleaning routine will likely be in place for many months to come. 

While you may not have gone through these regulations in your foundation teacher training course, you will find more information on the new health and safety measures in the Yoga Teacher Hub. 






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