Top 10 Best Yoga Jobs

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Top 10 Best Yoga Jobs

You've probably heard many times that you should do what you love - and if yoga is what you love, you might just be able to make a career out of it.
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The yoga industry brings in almost $30 billion per year, and as the community grows, so do the opportunities for employment.

When most people think of yoga as a profession, their minds immediately jump to yoga teachers and studio owners. Although these can certainly be viable pathways to earning a living through yoga, they aren’t the only ways.

If you live for yoga and want to make it your livelihood, too, read on - here’s a look at some of the best yoga jobs. 

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Yoga Teacher

There are many teacher training programs in which experienced yogis can become certified instructors. Image Copyright Digital Vision / Getty Images

Although getting your yoga teacher training doesn't guarantee a job, it does set you on the path way to becoming a 'professional' yoga teacher. A teacher training course costs between $2,000 - $4,000, and varies between 200 and 500 hour training certifications.

Though many yoga teachers start out teaching free classes, or teach as a supplement to another job, more established yoga teachers are able to teach full-time and make a living. 

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Studio Owner

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 Yoga-savvy individuals keen on owning a small business might want to consider opening a studio. However, it’s important to remember that there are more and more yoga studios popping up everywhere, every day, making competition fierce and success difficult to come by. Generally, it’s a good idea to establish yourself in the yoga community—usually as a teacher—before opening your own studio.

And, of course, location is a huge factor in the success of a yoga studio. Breaking even in a place like New York City or Los Angeles is an extremely difficult feat, as there are literally hundreds of yoga studio within city bounds. But, if you happen to live in a small town with more people who are interested in yoga than there are yoga studios, you might just be in luck. 

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Studio Manager

Working as a yoga studio manager is the best way to get a sense of what it's like to own one. Image Copyright Matthew Wakem / Getty Images

 If you’ve always thought you might want to open a yoga studio but you aren’t sure, working as a studio manager is a solid starting point. Although the job takes obsessive attention-to-detail, a mind for the “bottom line,” as well as top-notch people skills, it can be a good way to get a feel for the business side of yoga. And, jobs at yoga studios often come with enticing perks, like free classes or a reserved spot in special classes and workshops.

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Festival Organizer

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There are a multitude of yoga festivals that run continuously throughout North America and Europe. Image Copyright Andrew Holt / Getty Images

Yoga festivals are an increasingly popular phenomenon, from 3HO Yoga Festival in Europe, the famous Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali, to Wanderlust Yoga and Music festivals held in a variety of locations. If you're a yogi who all happens to be interested in event production, you might enjoy working for one of these festivals.

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DJ

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DJs with a background in yoga can spin music for classes, festivals, and other yoga and fitness events. Andrew Kent / Getty Images

 Music - and yoga? There’s actually a closer connection than you might think. As the popularity of yoga grows, the types of classes are evolving, too, and it’s becoming increasingly common for teachers to play music during their classes.

“Hip-hop yoga” has even been trademarked, and many large classes, workshops, festivals and retreats feature DJs that drop unique beats to accompany the yoga flow. MC Yogi, for example, has made a name for himself mixing music made specifically for yoga.

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Brand Ambassador

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Many brands look for outgoing and engaging people to promote their products at yoga events and festivals. Image Copyright Ming Tang-Evans / Getty Images

If you have stellar people skills, you might want to consider working as a brand ambassador for yoga-related products or services, whether it be a new health food, a type of yoga mat, or a line of yoga wear. Many brand ambassadors run booths or demos at yoga festivals, studio openings and other yoga-related events. 

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Retail Salesperson

Yoga Apparel Manufacturer Lululemon Post Best Than Expected Earnings
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Many companies now offer their own lines of athletic clothing purposed for yoga, and there has also been an uprise of smaller brands designing unique yoga wear lines.

There are also several big-name companies that focus primarily on apparel for yoga. Lululemon is one example. The Canadian-based shop boasts more than 200 storefronts, and given the breadth of the company, there are numerous opportunities for advancement to higher-level positions. Lululemon even offers internship programs for students looking to get a head start in the retail world!

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Yoga Researcher

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There has been continuing research into the physical and mental effects of yoga and its relation to health outcomes.

Scientists have looked into yoga for diabetes, cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even for smoking cessation, menopause, and many other conditions. 

Many researchers are still exploring the benefits of yoga, in a variety of different fields, from psychology to physiology. 

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Yoga Therapist

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Yoga is a becoming an increasingly popular mode of therapy for both mental and physical ailments. Image Copyright Dougal Waters / Getty Images

 All of the research behind yoga has been used to design both psychological and physical therapy programs that utilize yoga and meditation. Yoga therapists often work in community health center, rehabilitation clinics, or physical therapy offices, though some may open their own private practice.

Although the field is an emerging one, several universities offer advanced degrees in yoga therapy and yoga science. For example, the Maryland University of Integrative Health offers a Master's Degree in Yoga Therapy.

Read More: How to Land a Job as a Yoga Therapist

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Entrepreneur

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 It’s no secret that the yoga industry rakes in lots of cash and capital each year. For better or for worse, there’s a lot of money to be made, and a wide market for yoga-related merchandise.

Entrepreneurs of all kinds have capitalized on the opportunity, and in recent years there have been a variety of new products introduced to the market: from custom yoga mats to non-slip yoga socks, from wild printed yoga leggings to food and drinks popular in the yoga world, like coconut water and kombucha.

So, if you have stumbled onto a clever idea, you might want to see if you can make something of it.

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