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education Updated: Jan 29, 2013 18:11 IST
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Though the practice of yoga has prevalent in India for centuries, it has become more popular as a career option in the recent past. Yoga helps achieve a high standard of health and concentrates on the emotional and psychological well-being of a person, keeping him/her physically fit. The high presssure lifestyles of today have lead to an unprecedented increase in stress levels. Consequently, the demand for qualified yoga therapists is rising and numerous courses are being offered to meet the demand. Today, a lot of health-conscious youngsters are turning to yoga to benefit from its curative powers. As the world is waking up to the powers of yoga, instructors can find employment in a variety of sectors as trainers or counsellors in schools and colleges, at therapy centres, in hospitals and so on. Many yoga institutions operate across the country, offering various courses and degrees in yoga therapy. Yoga can offer two major career options, one in the field of research and training and another as a yoga therapist.

5.30am: Wake up and do pranayama and meditation
8am: Start taking classes, sometimes private sessions start at 7am
1.30pm: Finish classes, go home and take care of household chores etc
5pm: Return to the studio for the evening classes
9pm: Come back home
11pm: Retire to bed

The payoff
If you are an independent yoga instructor, your earning will majorly depend on factors such as the number of clients, fees and how many clients you teach per day. The minimum charges are around Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 per session (at least Rs. 20,000 per month) for beginners. Middle-level professionals make around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 a month, while senior instructors who do it full time can earn almost Rs. 1 lakh per month

* A genuine interest in the profession
* Professional training from a good institute
* Strong will-power
* Good stamina
* Correct knowledge about whatever you are teaching
* Mistakes can be harmful for the client’s health and well-being

Getting there
Professional training is mandatory for yoga instructors. You can take up a course after completing Class 10 or 12, or even start earlier. But doing a proper training programme from a good institute is essential, as a yoga instructor cannot afford to not be good at his/her job

Institutes and URLs
* Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi
* Yogalife, New Delhi
* Bihar Yoga Bharati
* Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams
* Central Council For Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, New Delhi
* Indian Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy, New Delhi
* The Yoga Institute, Mumbai
* S-VYASA University, Bangalore

Pros and cons
* Less work pressure
* Flexible working hours if you are a freelancer
* You can stay fit and earn at the same time
* Fluctuating income

With increase in stress levels, health issues and bad habits, a career as a yoga instructor looks quite promising -- Seema Sondhi, owner of the Yoga Studio, New Delhi