Most full-time yoga teachers know the struggle of trying to earn a living while doing what they love—it's not all rainbows and tropical-island handstands. Studio rents are high, profits are dwindling, and while the field is growing (this is a $16 billion industry, after all), it's highly competitive.
But a handful of instructors have reached superstar status, truly living the dream and raking in the cash. In fact, Ava Taylor—owner of the first ever yoga talent agency, YAMA Talent—says she has clients who make roughly $400,000 a year. (Nope, that's not a typo.)
"Take-home pay peaks and dips when you're a yoga instructor, and $400,000 is definitely a peak, but it happens."
"All the cylinders have to be firing; everything has to be going your way." In other words, it's not a steady salary by any means, and it's far from the norm.
Still, you want to know how it's done, right? Here, Taylor reveals the monetary figures usually kept under wraps in the yoga industry—all of which prove that making it big as a yogalebrity is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.
Keep reading to find out how to make $400,000 per year as a yoga instructor:
Looking at the facts and figures, it's clear that yoga instructors netting $400,000 a year know how to hustle. But Taylor loves giving the low-down on how to make serious money in the industry. "This used to not happen!" she says. "It's a really exciting time to be in yoga."