Yoga and Pilates Instructors

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.

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

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