Ten Must-Have Items For Yoga Teachers

Becoming a yoga teacher can be both rewarding and lucrative. It’s a wonderful way to earn a living doing what you enjoy while sharing the value of yoga with others. Most yoga teachers are self-employed and teach in leisure centers, wellness centers and fitness studios. Some teachers specialize in corporate work, and visit each workplace once or twice a week to teach lunchtime classes to employees.

There are a ten items of equipment that yoga teachers require, and these are:

Yoga Mats

Many people who attend your classes regularly will have their own mats which they will bring along with them to each class; however, you will need a few mats of your own for those who are new. Encouraging new comers to your classes is vital for the growth of your business, and providing mats that are clean and in good condition is a crucial part of this.

There are people who may consider yoga and wish to try it out, but are put off by the fact that they don’t have a mat and would have to buy one before they know if they really do wish to continue with the yoga classes. It is a good idea, for this reason, to put something in your advertising material that says something along the lines of “mats provided” to encourage those people to come and try your class. It is also a good idea to have spare mats available for your regulars who forget theirs.

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Yoga Blocks

Yoga blocks are foam blocks that are used for sitting on and for supporting the head during supine poses. They can also be put together in order to form a platform support for shoulder stands. It is important to have a good supply of blocks for your students as although some of them may have their own mats, they probably won’t have their own blocks.

Yoga Bricks

Unlike a block, a yoga brick can be made of wood or foam. Bricks are designed for helping in poses where it is difficult to reach the floor, for example in the half-moon pose, parsvakonasana and the triangle. Bricks are also more stable than the blocks, can be tilted and tipped, and are used for providing effective back support during poses like the bridge.

Yoga Sandbags

Sandbags are used as gentle weights, and can help increase flexibility, fitness and stamina while improving muscle tone. Although these are not used by beginners, and are most suited to those who are experienced and wish to push themselves a little further, most yoga students will not have their own sandbag. So, it is important for you to have a supply for your advanced students to use.

Soft Egg Block

As a variation on the yoga block, the wedge shape of the egg block provides specific support when placed under the legs in seated postures.

Yoga Belt

Yoga belts are used for helping students to achieve correct posture, supplying the required tension without strain. Again, very few students will have their own belts.

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Folding Yoga Chair

The yoga chair provides support in back-bends and is used to help with the rotation in seated twists. This is another piece of equipment that is suited for more experienced students.

Yoga Blankets

Yoga blankets can be used for rolling up and placing under the head for support in certain poses, and are also good for using for warmth and relaxation at the end of the session during savasana.

CD Player

You’ll need to supply your own CD player or an mp3 player with speaker.

CDs

Select CDs that are especially designed for yoga classes, to set the right mood, or compile your own playlist to suit your sessions.

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