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Yoga Therapy & Teaching

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
32 Master's Degrees Annually
#120 in Popularity
$44,580 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Yoga Therapy & Teaching Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many yoga teacher training/yoga therapy graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 114
Master’s Degree 32
Bachelor’s Degree 8
Undergraduate Certificate 5

What Yoga Therapy & Teaching Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to yoga teacher training/yoga therapy were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy Majors

Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills for Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to yoga teacher training/yoga therapy:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities for Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy Majors

As you progress with your yoga teacher training/yoga therapy degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without ‘giving out’ or fatiguing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Yoga Therapy & Teaching?

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
38% Percent Women
38% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 62% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of yoga teacher training/yoga therapy majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 5
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Yoga Therapy & Teaching Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to yoga teacher training/yoga therapy is $44,580. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with yoga teacher training/yoga therapy may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for yoga teacher training/yoga therapy careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 4.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 36.0%
Some College Courses 12.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 20.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 20.0%
Master’s Degree 4.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 4.0%

Online Yoga Therapy & Teaching Programs

In 2018-2019, 11 schools offered a yoga teacher training/yoga therapy program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 8 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 8 1
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Yoga Therapy & Teaching Worth It?

The median salary for a yoga teacher training/yoga therapy grad is $44,580 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 12% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $93,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to yoga teacher training/yoga therapy.

Major Number of Grads
Hypnotherapy/Hypnotherapist 143
Movement Therapy and Movement Education 101
Other Movement and Mind-Body Therapies and Education 41

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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