How to prepare for your yoga teacher audition

How to Prepare For Your Yoga Teacher Audition

This is for certified yoga teachers who want to secure more teaching jobs.

Once you have your first audition scheduled, the real work begins. Preparation for the yoga audition is crucial and takes time. 

Not only will you need to create a sequence, but you will need a resume (that links to your website), a playlist, and an outfit you feel confident wearing.

Treat this like you would any job interview. For example, study interview questions for yoga instructors. 

It pays to be prepared: the less you have to think on your feet, the better. Confidence will help you nail your yoga teacher audition. 

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Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Asking the studio manager exactly what they’re looking for prior to your audition could pay off tremendously. You don’t want to show up with a vigorous power vinyasa sequence if they’re looking to hire yin teachers.

 

Nail Your Sequence

Each studio is different. Some will want you to come with a 15-minute sequence, while others will want an entire hour prepared and will stop you part-way through. I’ve even been to auditions that ask for just 5-7 minutes.

Once you know some guidelines for your audition, decide on a focus for your audition. Do you want to create a flow focusing on twisting? Or, perhaps you’d like to concentrate your audition on backbends. Maybe you want to showcase your detail-oriented alignment cues.

Decide on something, and go back to your teacher training books. Narrow down a few key postures that align with your theme. Next start to weave them into a creative (yet easy to follow) flow.

Build from there and practice, practice, practice.

Enlist your roommate or significant other to be your student as you prepare your audition. You have 200 hours worth of training – you’ve got this!

 

Prepare an Audition Playlist

Yoga Teacher Audition Playlist

Ask the studio manager if they would like you to come with music prepared. Some studios may prefer no music during classes.

If the manager does request music during your audition, prepare your playlist. I highly recommend using Spotify Premium (yes, paying $10/month).

Why? With Premium, there are no advertisements. You can also download your playlist to your phone and turn on Airplane Mode during your audition so nothing interrupts your music.

As far as which songs go into your playlist, pick songs you love. Make sure the songs are appropriate and fit the energy of your flow.

Unsure of where to start? Anne keeps an updated list of her yoga playlists in this article.

 

The Yoga Interview After Your Yoga Audition

Here are a few yoga interview tips to ensure you’re prepared. Have you ever shown up to a job interview only to find out you weren’t ready for any of the questions you were asked? That can happen in a yoga audition, too!

Some studios will have a formal Q&A session, while some may ask you a few casual questions and call it a day.

I’ve been in a yoga teacher audition where I was asked very formal interview questions after teaching my short sequence. Was I prepared? Not really. I should have googled “interview questions to ask a yoga instructor” to see what the studios might be thinking about 😉

Yoga interview questions you should be prepared for:

  • Why do you want to teach yoga?
  • Why do you want to teach at this studio?
  • What do you think makes a good yoga teacher?
  • Do you have any specialties or focus in your classes?
  • Is there anything you want to learn as a teacher?
  • What are your favorite classes to attend?

We’d love to hear from you, if you know any more common yoga instructor interview questions, please comment below 🙂

Protip: be sure to have a few questions prepared for the studio manager, too! Show that you’re interested in the studio.

 

Create Your Yoga Teacher Resume

What needs to go on a successful yoga teacher resume? Include your contact information, a short bio, your education, and any relevant experience.

Try to keep your resume to one page and make it easy to read. Display your personality by using the same colors you used on your yoga teacher website.

 

Build a Yoga Teacher Website

If you want to teach yoga as your career, you need a yoga teacher website! It doesn’t have to be complex: a simple, easy-to-use website is usually better.

Your website shows studio owners that you’re dedicated to your craft and you’re more likely to drive attendance to their studio.

Pages to include:

  1. A section about yourself and your yoga journey
  2. Your contact information
  3. Your yoga teaching schedule (if you have one)

Like to write? Start a blog! Write about topics that interest you (“How to Properly Get Into Wheel Pose” or “Homemade Kombucha 101”). Take pictures, and post your blogs on social media to gain traffic to your site.

Keep your yoga teacher website easy to read and scannable. This is huge.

 

Okay, so you know what to do: you have a sequence ready to go, an invigorating playlist, your yoga teacher resume, and a website. Now what?

The week of your audition lay out what you need to bring and what you want to wear.

What to Bring to Your Audition

Items that are absolutely necessary for your yoga teacher audition:

  • Resume
  • Application filled out (if applicable)
  • Paper and pen
  • Interview questions
  • Yoga mat
  • Water bottle
  • Sequence (memorized)
  • Phone with playlist – on airplane mode
  • Your teaching availability and schedule
  • A positive attitude and CONFIDENCE

Options items:

  • Granola bar or easy snack
  • Business cards
  • Sweatshirt/cover up
  • Yoga towel
  • Props used for your sequence

 

What to Wear to a Yoga Instructor Interview

what to wear to a yoga instructor interview

The clothing you wear for your yoga teacher audition should not be an afterthought. Here’s a tip if you wear something noticeable, you will be noticed. Pretty simple, right?

Before you go out looking for a sparkly sports bra, hold up. I don’t mean you should wear something strange or inappropriate. If you wear a black top and black leggings, and 8 other girls in the audition are also wearing black tops and black leggings, you may blend in. Instead, pick a favorite colored top or some (tasteful) patterned leggings.

My second outfit tip: wear something you truly love and feel comfortable in. Wearing your favorite yoga clothes will help you feel like yourself and will give you that extra boost of confidence!

 

At the end of the day, being prepared and confident for your yoga teacher audition is all you need.

Be sure to ask plenty of questions before the audition, prepare your sequence and playlist, practice the most common yoga teacher interview questions, get your resume and website in top shape, and pick an outfit you love.

Remember, you may not be hired at the first studio you audition for. But keep working on your teaching skills and your own practice. Find that light within – you can do this!

Love + Light,

Kim

 

 

 

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7 Responses

  1. Tracey
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    Awesome blog. I love to read all your work. This i would have say is your best work hands down. I look forward to your work.
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  2. Ana
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    Thank you so much Kim, this post couldn’t have come at a better time. Its funny how the universe brings you what you need when you need it 🙂

    All my love to you and everyone at Yoga Nomads. You guys are awesome!

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  3. Michael
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    I get what you’re saying and there is a lot of great tips there, especially for beginners. However, there is another way… Pick yourself! Become so damn good at what you do that the opportunity chases you. Ideally, people will have heard of you and what you do before they have even met you. Align with your message and build your own personal brand. Make videos, audios, media and whatever else rocks your boat and serves your niche. Offer something unique and powerful that no one else is offering quite like you are – If you have a following of “raving fans” then a studio would be mad not to hire you, with or without an audition.
    Just my 2 cents. 🙂 Enjoy
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    1. Brandon
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      Thanks for adding your 2 cents, Michael! I agree with pretty much everything you’re saying, especially with the ethos “be so good they can’t ignore you.”

      However, it feels little bit like the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma. For this article, we were aiming to help the vast majority of new teachers. Most new teachers will audition for teaching gigs when they’re first getting started. How can you be so damn good without some experience? 🙂

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  4. Reema Narang
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    This was really helpful.
    Thank you so much..

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