1. Don’t Quit Your Day Job: While the thought of becoming a full time yoga teacher sounds amazing, initially start with part time yoga teacher and take experience in studios by offering assistance a great way to gain classroom experience. You can also learn from the yoga instructor leading the class about class management and working with different students. Be patient and continue working to support yourself. Never lose sight of your dream, there may be a day when you are a full time yoga teacher. 2. Develop your resume: Just like applying for any job, you need a resume. Make sure you include all the information related to your completed training program; including the school you attended, classes completed, any continuing education units (CEUs), and anywhere you are assisting. 3. Market yourself: Everyone today needs business cards and a website. Just like your resume, it may initially start out simple, but will develop over time as your teaching experience grows. Don’t forget about social media! In this digital age, having a social presence is key. 4. Determine your rate: While you may just be starting out, it is important to develop a rate for instruction. Your rate will vary based on your geographic area, your associated costs, and your revenue needs. As you gain experience, your rate will increase, but for now it is important to develop a minimum rate in order to get started. 5. Develop professional contacts: As you begin to assist at different classes, meet yoga studio owners and fellow teachers, you are developing professional contacts. Make sure to keep track of all the people you meet. You are developing a strong professional network that can help you along the way as you develop your professional teaching practice. 6. Teach on a regular basis: While you are looking for a teaching opportunity at a yoga studio, make sure you teach on a regular basis – anywhere. It will help develop your teaching approach and can help get your name out in the community. It could be a “donation only” class at the local community center, donate time at a nearby senior citizen residence, or even just your friends and family at home. Get in the habit of teaching and develop your own classroom approach. 7. Look for constructive criticism: Teach a class of your friends and family and them ask for honest feedback on your approach. You will learn how to work with people at different levels and different physical limitations. Think about even recording yourself giving a class so you can watch your responses to students and listen to your voice. Do you sound calming? Are you providing explicit instructions? You may not receive this type of honest feedback any other way. 8. Talk to an accountant: You are ultimately developing a business. You should talk to an accountant or other tax professional so you can properly establish yourself and your business right from the start. 9. Purchase yoga liability insurance: While you don’t often hear about injuries from yoga, it is important to be protected and purchase yoga liability insurance. It is also important to have proof of liability insurance when applying for yoga teaching positions. 10. Continue your own practice: While you are developing your professional practice, don’t forget to continue to develop your own practice. It is important to continuously learn and push your abilities. When you do so, you will not only become a better student, you will become a better teacher. By completing your yoga teacher training, you have taken a great step toward your dream of becoming a yoga teacher and perhaps owning your own studio. If you still have not taken a Yoga Teacher Training, do take a 200hr multi style YTTC course at Goa and be a professional yoga trainer. It is important to remember, however, there are steps you need to take to have a successful business. Steps like purchasing yoga insurance, continuing to learn more by taking classes or attending workshops, and building a network may not feel very “yoga-like,” but they are definitely important to building a successful yoga teaching practice.