9 Practical Things to Consider Before You Teach Yoga Abroad

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Interested in some yoga travel jobs and want to teach Yoga abroad? Read this first!

So you’ve spotted some interesting yoga travel jobs and are thinking about traveling abroad to teach yoga. Perhaps you’re considering doing it for an extended period of time, or maybe you’re looking at doing a few months here and there. Traveling the world while sharing your knowledge of yoga, meeting new students, exploring different cultures and taking your practice to new places is an exciting opportunity.

But here’s the thing, there are a few steps to take before you embark on that journey such as creating a compelling CV and building a profile on yoga job websites like Yoga Trade. There are also a few key points that you need to think about before becoming a traveling yoga teacher to ensure that your time is well spent and that the role is exactly what you expected and agreed upon.

A little about my personal experience: I completed my 200-hour training in San Francisco at the end of 2015 and was in the midst of a major career shift and relocation back to Hong Kong. At this point, I wasn’t 100% certain if I wanted to make the jump and transition into teaching full-time and already had a few trips planned and booked throughout 2016. I began looking into different short-term opportunities overseas via Yoga Trade – I love to travel, and I love yoga; mixing the two seemed like a no-brainer! So I put together a profile, paid the membership fee and submitted applications to work at hotels, retreats, surf camps and studios around the world.

One of the key things that you should know about traveling abroad to teach yoga is that it can be competitive. Of all the places I sent my yoga CV off to, only two got back to me. I ended up interviewing with one hotel, and guess what? I am wrapping up teaching five weeks of Yoga in Vang Vieng, Laos!

I realize that I was extremely fortunate to have landed a great opportunity in a beautiful town that was looking to shake off its party hard past, and excited be a part of growing Vang Vieng into a spot for wellness and yoga in Southeast Asia; but it doesn’t always work out this way and there are a few key factors that I think anybody looking to travel and teach yoga overseas should seriously consider before taking the leap. Here’s what you need to think about!

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15 Comments

  1. Sweet post! I have thought about getting my yoga teaching degree but not about going overseas with it! Thanks for the informative article. 🙂

  2. Yoga is a boon to the body, mind and soul and to be able to practice it and also teach it is by itself a great blessing. Yu have provided some practical aspects to ponder when contemplating taking up travel for teaching Yoga.

  3. I’ve always wondered how yoga teachers land their jobs at tropical island resorts…. now I know! Did you apply to any hotels/resorts in Bali? They have so many there- I would loooove to work there if I were as capable as you haha. (and eat Baliness food for free, if that comes with compensation :P)

    1. Haha no I didn’t! A lot of the places in Bali are 6-12 month contracts and I was looking for something sorter term 🙂 Thanks for reading this, Ivy! <3

  4. You are such an admirable woman. I used to meet and learn from one yoga couch from India. She is really nice and travel to many countries as what you are doing. She has many friends in her network in many places she comes. Hope that I can meet you in some yoga classes 🙂

  5. Thank you for sharing your experience! Yoga is becoming more and more popular, and there are so many places now throughout Asia that are offering classes and even retreats. I can imagine that it is super competitive to get into, especially as many would love to travel while teaching Yoga. But I am so happy to hear that you have found some contracts, which will only build your experience. Have loved following along your journey!

  6. Yoga is such a beautiful practice that I would love to have the commitment to actually practice. I am not very flexible, so it can be a little difficult for me. But when you travel to a hotel especially in South East Asia, its great to participate in the yoga class that is offered in the hotel. I didnt know that you could travel to teach yoga but it seems like an incredible opportunity to do what you love and also see the world!

    1. Practice and all is coming 🙂 Flexibility and poses are one facet of Yoga, but there’s so much more to it including how you treat yourself and how you treat others <3 Namaste Claudia!

  7. I’m not much of a yoga person (not particularly flexible enough to do even the most basic poses hahaa) but this was such an interesting read! Super awesome to hear about your personal experiences and I bet those are definitely some valuable tips for those looking to teach yoga abroad. )And wow, never knew you could travel to teach yoga either!) Such an informative post, thanks for sharing!

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