So, with that being said, it’s important to get clear on what you want to teach. Are you more yogi or more aerialist? Do you like stretching or are you an adrenaline junky? Lucky for you, there’s something for everyone.
With this being said, let’s define aerial yoga:
Aerial yoga is a stretching and strengthening technique using a single or double-point aerial silk hammock for support, alignment, and inversions designed to decompress the spine. Usually, at least one limb is on the floor although flying sequences can also be performed. It’s also often known as a more fun style of yoga where laughter is common, while at the same time, it can be super relaxing to lay in the cocoon of the fabric for savasana.
Aerial Hammock, on the other hand, is more like this:
Aerial hammock/sling is a single-point hammock on a swivel which causes it to continuously spin and is usually a much higher height. To use this height, the aerialist performs various inversions and wraps to climb up and perform acrobatic feats and drops where they tumble down. They practice with crash mats underneath them whereas in aerial yoga there is usually just a yoga mat.
Now, this is not to say that there is not some crossover between the two. Some moves which can be done on the aerial hammock, such as small drops and tricks and flips can be incorporated into aerial yoga and are often taught in Level 2/3 or Intermediate/Advanced classes.
Aerialists and yogis often fight with each other about what is what and what they should be called.
Okay, so back to you wanting to become a teacher. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have any background in teaching, yoga, dance, Pilates, physical therapy, or performance?
- Do you want the program you will take to be certified by a governing body such as Yoga Alliance, NASM, ACE, or others?
- Are you already a yoga teacher and need Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credit to keep up with your training?
- Are you ready to help people with spotting, adjustments, and even overcoming fears?
- Do you have any injuries or mental health issues that could prevent you from teaching or completing a course?
I run aerial yoga teacher training worldwide and found this qualification to be limiting. So, I decided that aerial yoga teacher training was an excellent way for new teachers to get their feet wet teaching a new and different style of yoga. Yes, it is difficult in the beginning for anyone to teach aerial yoga because you are essentially using a giant silk hammock as a yoga prop and need to learn proper terminology, build your confidence with the moves, and find your unique voice as a teacher. It’s no easy feat!
What to Look for in an Aerial Yoga Teacher Training:
- How many hours
- Is it Yoga Alliance credentialed
- What background does the teacher have and how long have they been teaching aerial yoga or yoga or aerial?
- Make sure they provide a manual
- Topics covered should include: daily classes, meditation, breathwork, philosophy, history, posture breakdown, anatomy, methodology, sequencing, practice teaching, the language of aerial yoga, rigging, spotting, adjustments & safety, and business of aerial yoga
- Is there a written or practical exam at the end?
- Will you be provided a digital or paper certificate?
- Can you use your teacher as a reference for job opportunities?
- Do they provide a Facebook group to stay connected to your fellow students?
- Can you take pictures and videos, or will there be a photographer on-site?
- Are there any references or reviews on a Facebook page or Google? Do they have an Instagram page?
- Can you contact them with any questions?
- Is it online or in-person or a hybrid model?
If rigging from home, you need to ensure safety by hiring a structural engineer to inspect wherever you are going to rig from. Otherwise, you can buy an outdoor rig, although not convenient during the winter months.
What To Do After You’re Certified
It’s time to start teaching aerial yoga! Let your home studio know that you got certified and see if you can offer some trial classes, and workshops, or shadow an instructor. Most studios I talk to tell me their classes are regularly sold out because of limited hammock space so maybe they will even add a new class with you teaching on their schedule!
You can also reach out to other studios in your area and offer workshops and classes to expand your teaching.
If you really want to take a leap of faith and have the capital, you can open your own studio. Some people have done this the brick-and-mortar way by leasing space and investing in all the equipment and insurance (don’t forget to get insured before you start teaching! I’ll list a few options at the bottom of this article). Some people invest in aerial rigs and have outdoor businesses if they live somewhere the weather permits this.
You can also teach private lessons in your home if you have an at-home setup for however much money you want! It’s up to you.
Studios may have a set rate ranging from $25-75 per hour plus commission or bonus on how many students attend. Remember that when you get into teaching, you are doing more than teaching so always try to negotiate a fair rate because you:
- Paid for your insurance
- Paid for your teacher training
- Are planning your classes each week
- Are driving to the studio
- Are possibly helping with setup or check-in and breakdown afterward
- And then driving home
Also, you will need to see if the studio hires you as an employee or a contractor (I only know US laws and taxes regarding this).
To become more official, I recommend the following:
- Come up with a name for your business and build a website, or add it to your already existing website
- Post regularly about your classes on Instagram and Facebook
- Schedule a professional photoshoot
- Start a Facebook page for your new aerial business
- Start a YouTube channel where you share tutorials or classes
There’s so much more you can do to market yourself as a new aerial yoga teacher, but these are just a few ideas!
Without further adieu, I will list all of my online aerial yoga teacher training programs certified by Yoga Alliance:
Recommended US Aerial Yoga Insurance Companies:
This is by no means an exhaustive list.
I hope you have found this article useful and please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below about becoming an aerial yoga teacher! Happy flying!
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