This post is about Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, and how Pranalife Yoga ADVANCED Training is different.

I’m gonna get truthful on your ass right now: Being a career yoga instructor can be hard.

When yogis make the leap from finding peace and joy in yoga classes to becoming yoga teachers, it’s an exciting time of growth, change, and learning. Then, when they’re full of Sanskrit and handstands and ready to turn the yoga they love into a career, they dive in with hearts open … and often wind up feeling lost or overwhelmed. It happens to the best of us. Stumbling out of the gate is a part of launching just about any career, really. But it’s a remarkably common experience in our industry to take the leap – and instead of flying, end up flailing.

There are a few reasons for the flailing. Some people may love yoga but not enjoy teaching it (or they didn’t know the truth about being a yoga instructor). That’s fair, and they can go back to being a student with a deeply expanded relationship with yoga. Some people don’t like the idea of “commercializing” yoga (trading money for yoga experiences like classes, workshops, and trainings). That’s also fair, and an unsustainable business model. In that case, to regain happiness they’ll need to teach yoga as a hobby/passion/dharma, not a career. But a lot of times, people just don’t get the knowledge and support they need to be successful in this industry.

Standard 200hr-ish yoga teacher trainings don’t teach you how to launch anything beyond a basic yoga career. And some trainings barely do that. In fact, that oft-misleading advertising site Yoga Alliance (YA) suggests that basic yoga trainings spend “(a) maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga.” We assume that you’re getting certified so you can teach yoga; if not, then you’re probably taking training for your own interest so we’re not worried about you – keep on keepin’ on, yogi ;). If you want to teach yoga, thought, then you’ve got to teach yoga … to people … and if you’re not independently wealthy, you’ll probably need to make a few bucks doing so. And if you want to do this as your main gig, you’re gonna need a lot more than five hours of learning about the biz of yoga.

When you make the shift from yoga student to certified/career yoga teacher, you go from 100% of your time spent learning, loving, and maybe even living yoga to up to 80% of your time building “the business aspects of teaching yoga”.  It seems imperative that more than 2.5% of your training be focused on such a major component of your teaching career success.

Now, if you’ve taken Pranalife Yoga BASIC Teacher Training, you’re already ahead of the game. In far more than five hours, you get insider advice from years of experience, you build a solid Yoga Portfolio, and you’re connected with business professionals to support your career success. If you’re happy to teach weekly classes, you’re set to succeed. You’re welcome. 😉

So why take advanced training? The most common reason is, ostensibly, to gather more knowledge. Generally, advanced yoga trainings expand on what’s taught in basic training (or what wasn’t) with more detail and insight. This can be an awesome continuing education. From years of being in the yoga community, I’ve also seen teachers take advanced YTT because they don’t feel confident about their current training, and/or they want more out of their careers than they’re getting.

If you’re teaching weekly yoga classes, your basic training got started and most advanced trainings will give you more material to keep those classes interesting over time.

If you want to do something other than teach weekly classes, or do something totally different with your yoga career, you’re going to need advanced training built specifically to help you succeed.

Teaching weekly yoga classes is awesome. I’ve been doing it for over a decade and I still love it. But there were LOTS of things I wanted to do with the freedom, time, and creative potential of this career, things that really turned it into a long-term, booming career I LOVE. There are SO many creative, bold, interesting, kickass ways you can grow your yoga career. But the truth is, there aren’t a lot of great resources to help you succeed at doing something outside weekly classes or studio ownership.

And that’s why Pranalife Yoga ADVANCED training exists: Because I saw yoga teachers long to create the life they want for themselves, but struggle to make it a reality. I have the experience and I LOVE working on these kinds of projects, so why not work with yogis to help them successfully build their own creative careers?

I didn’t want to put together another box to jam everyone into, though. Each person has a unique vision of what “success” looks like, and I wanted to support making *that* reality. So I designed an advanced training that wasn’t like anything else I’ve seen.

And now it’s available to you:

If you have the passion and hustle to build the life YOU want, and you want to build it with the best support available, then you’ve just hit the jackpot:

Pranalife Yoga’s ADVANCED training gives you the support to do EXACTLY what YOU want to do with your yoga career.

Think of this training as a Yoga Teacher Accelerator Centre: You have the freedom to design YOUR unique career goals. Then, you work towards them with smart strategies and professional support from people who are there to help you succeed.

Because your goals are unique, so is the design of your advanced training. If hitting your goals will take 50 hours, then that’s all you pay for. If you need 300 hours, then that’s exactly what you get. It’s not about an abstract requirement for completion – it’s about YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.

  • If you’ve got basic training but are feeling stalled out, anxious, and/or uninspired in your current career path,
  • If you want to do something bigger, bolder, or maybe more creative than you’re doing now,
  • If you’re doing it, but don’t want to do it alone,
  • If you know where you want to go, but just aren’t sure how to get there,

Then our ADVANCED training is your next step. Get your ass into this training and start moving in the right direction. BONUS: You don’t even have to get out of your PJs to apply:

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So what is the life you’ve imagined? Is being a yoga instructor a good fit for you? That depends on your answer to this one question:

What do you value? …

[Post summary: What’s to love/know about being a yoga instructor; a snapshot of the life of an instructor; how you can make money & how much money yoga instructors make; designing the yoga instructor lifestyle]

Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training with Asia Nelson

As a full-time yoga instructor for over a decade now, I can tell you my experience: I love my independence. I love to travel. I love constantly learning. I love being able to design and steer my career, the creativity of being an entrepreneur, having two-hour long lunches with friends almost anytime I like, constantly getting to build new courses, classes, workshops and whatever other creative venture I dream up. I love being a part of a community of teachers who want to be better people, and help others do the same. I love that what I do involves laughter, growth, fitness, stress-relief, and making people healthier and freer.

I couldn’t really care less about having a huge house or $800 shoes (though I have been known to indulge in the occasional killer coat). The Joneses’ Chasers and I don’t have much to talk about at any bizarre cocktail party where we might find ourselves thrown together. I haven’t invested in a lot of the things that tend to require a steep financial commitment and long-term consistency (marriages + mortgages + kids + brick-and-mortal businesses + etc.) so I’m able to stay light and mobile, prepare for the rough times and enjoy the good times as they come.

I also have a high tolerance for taking on the risks of running my own business: not having a paycheque show up every two weeks or a Project Manager to set out what I’m working on now and next. I don’t crave or need a regular routine (though I can design my life to have that if I wanted it) and I work well without a boss to make sure I’m on track (when I need an ass-kicking, I hire it or create something that forces me to deliver). I also have a partner who supports and enjoys the benefits of my choices without needing anything different from me.

What about you?

My description of my life might delight or deter you, and that’s based on what you value. Mine is also only one example of how you can design your lifestyle as a yoga instructor. Whatever your goals, you’ve got to get clear on what you value before choosing this – or any – career because it’s going to be how you spend a lot of your time and make your money. Better to go into it with eyes wide open. So let’s get real.

As a Certified Yoga Instructor, you’ll be paid in three ways:

  1. In money. Presuming that you follow a more traditional career initially, expect within your first few years to make about $25-60/class x however many classes you teach, and assume you’l take 2-6 weeks off/year (most yogis do). So,
  • If you teach 8 classes/week at $25/class, you’ll make ~ $10,000/year (and work ~ 10-15 hours/week).
  • If you teach 12 classes/week at $60/class, you’ll make ~ $34,500/year (and work ~ 15-25 hours/week).
  • If you add corporate/private clients at $80-$160/class, you’ll make ~ $50,000/year (and work ~ 25-35 hours/week)

It’s not exactly you rolling up to the curb in your new Ferrari but it ain’t too shabby, and in terms of money earned per time unit ($/hr), you can do pretty well. This also doesn’t take into account what you can make through myriad means like selling products, being an expert in fitness sectors, or creating courses/workshops/retreats/events. If you approach this career as a full-time gig, you can break into six figures. It’s not common, but it’s certainly doable if you’ve got the gusto and discipline.

  1. In time. Here’s where this career can really pay off. Time is a non-renewable resource. Being a yoga teacher gives you the ability to control so much more of how you spend the hours of your days. Even if you’re teaching 12 classes a week, you’re likely working less than 30 hours/week total between marketing, admin, prepping, teaching, biz growth and client management. It’s fairly easy to integrate teaching yoga with other part-time work, take time off when you need/want it, and enjoy a leisurely weekly schedule that affords you more hours to spend doing things you enjoy with people you love.
  2. In experiences. Getting to enjoy your time and money the way you want is the difference between imagining the life you want and actually living it. As a Yoga Instructor, you may not be making the six figures of Bay Street (though you could), but you also won’t be working their hours or harbouring their stress. YOU determine where you work, and with whom. In my decade+ of teaching, I’ve rarely worked with people I didn’t enjoy knowing and when I did, I fired them or left to teach elsewhere. I’m in a small market and I’ve thrived; you can, too. Imagine being able to spend your time with people who inspire you, value you, and give you opportunities to share your gifts. You’ll also have a flexible schedule to write that book, take that trip, hang out with your kids, or hell, just get couch-shaped and watch a boatload of Netflix if you like. It’s up to you – and that’s the point.


Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training with Asia Nelson

Me in Ronda, Spain when I moved there in 2008 for the winter.


Being a Yoga Instructor is a lifestyle choice that offers you simplicity, time and freedom. If you like the idea of having a lot of flexibility and the ability to control your work schedule, to hustle and chill when you want/need it, to travel/study/get the time you want with people you love, and to turn yoga surfing retreats into your new “conventions”, then you’re gonna love this gig.

You’re also gonna need to be self-driven, be able to handle the ups and downs of solo-/entrepreneurship, and know how to get what you want. With Pranalife Yoga, you have a support structure built in and our community of graduated, certified teachers is second to none; still, that push to get’r done has got to come from you. If the mantra, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” resonates with you, you’re very likely exactly where you should be right now. Keep reading.

With Pranalife Yoga training in particular, you’re able to design your lifestyle to include creativity, evolution, and independence. You can change what you teach without having to change your entire career.

Now that you’ve got an idea what being a Yoga Instructor looks like, you can decide whether it’s for you (because not everyone wants this kind of life – seems whack, I know, but it’s true). Whether it’s a part-time supplement or a full-time passion fulfillment, Pranalife Yoga will help you turn your vision into reality.

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The latest version of Pranalife Yoga’s sell-out CORE: What is it Good For? workshop at Bikram Yoga KW was a smash hit!! From busting outdated myths about how to train a strong, healthy core to trying out new, creative ways to make your core functionally fit (think giant dowels!), it was a room full of ah-ha moments. So. Much. Fun.

I promised to upload my notes and a series of videos of the best moves you can do to create a strong, stable, adaptable core that’ll keep you moving freely for the long run. I promised – and I deliver. Below are my notes, and a series of YouTube videos featuring the lovely and talented Pranalife Yoga Certified Instructor Sarah Kraatz demo-ing the best moves for a powerful core:


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CORE Videos

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Love the exploration we do in workshops? Looking for more? There’s still time to sign up for the 2016 Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training. Learn more & apply.




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