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Pilates and Yoga Instructor Jobs Advice

Yoga and Pilates Instructor Jobs

Do you love yoga and pilates as much as we do? If so, you might be considering a career as a yoga or pilates instructor, and we wouldn’t blame you! Teaching yoga and pilates is an incredibly rewarding career as you are helping your clients to build strength and flexibility, physically and mentally. The Fitness Associates provides a searchable job platform for finding the finest yoga and pilates instructor jobs in the UK, as well as practical career advice to help you secure your ideal role in the industry. We pride ourselves on bringing you a wide range of exciting opportunities with the most credible and dynamic brands, offering you the career satisfaction you truly deserve.

How can I become a yoga or pilates instructor?

If you aren’t already working as a yoga or pilates instructor, there are a few steps you will need to take before you somersault into a role.

Although there are no set requirements for becoming a yoga or pilates instructor, we thoroughly recommend you complete a course that is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) as this will mean you are eligible for accreditation, public liability insurance and access to their directory, so that you can promote your services. The relevant courses recognised by REPS include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

I am already a yoga or pilates instructor, but I need a change.

No worries. We understand that sometimes a change is necessary for you to feel completely satisfied in your career. Here at The Fitness Associates, our aim is to help you find a role that completely fulfils you and allows you to unleash your potential as a yoga or pilates instructor.

Before you downward-dog straight into the job boards, there are a few questions you should ask yourself about your ideal role:

  • Are you looking for a role as an employee of a gym, fitness club or studio, or would you prefer to work as a freelancer?
  • What type of clients do you want to work with?
  • Are there any specialisations you would like to explore?
  • What are your financial expectations? Do these fit with the type of clients and specialisations you have in mind?

If you are interested in specialising or working with certain client groups, there are lots of different course options for you to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. These aren’t completely necessary, but would make a great addition to your resume and would be quite convincing when marketing yourself to employers and clients. Some of the recognised courses available include:

  • Yoga Pregnancy Instructor Training
  • Yoga Therapy Exercise
  • CORE Athletic Conditioning With Fitness Circle®
  • STOTT PILATES® Foam Roller™ Plus, Levels 1 & 2
  • ZEN GA Fluid Conditioning With The Mini Stability Ball

What can I expect in the yoga and pilates instruction industry?

Don’t be fooled. The yoga and pilates industry is not all about incense and pan-flute music. Teaching yoga and pilates is hard work! The hard work is, of course, balanced with the fulfilling feeling of working with clients individually and in groups, to achieve their personal goals. What else can you expect? Here is a glimpse into the world of yoga and pilates instruction:

  • Unusual hours – most of your clients will be trying to sneak in their yoga and pilates practice before and after work, so you can expect to be available at odd times during the day. If you are looking for a standard 9-5 job, this may not be the career path for you, as yoga and pilates instructors rarely work “normal” hours.
  • Loads and loads of emotions – it comes with the territory really. Yoga and pilates are both quite emotionally driven practices, as you are connecting to your core, both physically and mentally. It isn’t unusual for clients to cry during classes, so you’ll need to prepare yourself!
  • Flexibility – and we don’t mean literally! There is no such thing as the perfect class and you will often encounter clients at varying levels of experience and ability. Rather than practicing and perfecting your class routines, you will need to leave room for flexibility; tailoring and adapting your class style to suit your diverse audience.

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