Yoga and Pilates Instructors

Yoga Teacher Teaches Outdoors

Yoga and Pilates instructors lead specialized exercise, stretching, and meditation classes for people of all ages. They demonstrate techniques in front of the class and then watch members perform the movements, making suggestions and form adjustments as needed. Classes range from introductory to intermediate to advanced, and they may be aimed at specific groups, such as children or the elderly. Yoga instructors lead their class through a series of asanas, or poses, aimed at building strength, flexibility, and balance. Pilates instructors teach a series of movements that are more fluid than the poses used in yoga. Pilates also builds strength and flexibility but focuses on training the individual's core, or center.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Lead specialized exercise, stretching, and meditation classes for people of all ages
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Instructor Trainer, or Health Club Director, or Business Owner
  • Experienced Yoga or Pilates Instructor
  • Entry-Level Yoga or Pilates Instructor