Getting on a Yoga Sub List | The Driven Yogi

If you've gotten a little teaching experience and still want to teach, one of the best ways to get that experience (and get paid for it) is to get on a yoga sub list.

If you've been following the blog, this is just one step you could take next to get paid for your newfound teaching skills. When I got on my first yoga sub list, it wasn't by chance. I talked with several experienced teachers to find out the next steps I should take to earn my spot on a yoga sub list. The good news is, the yogis I talked to below gave sound advice, and by following it, I was able to get on the sub list at not one, but two studios!

Chelsea Majewski, Studio Manager, Colorado Springs, CO
Instagram: @chelsea.yogi

First, do your homework! Take classes at all the studios you may be interested in teaching at. Making sure you vibe with the yoga community at each location is super important! Once you’ve selected the ones you’d like to audition for, introduce yourself personally. Hopefully by then the managers/owners have seen or met you in the studio, and know you’ve been supporting it. Follow up the conversation with an email as well.

Isabella Guzman, San Leandro, CA
Instagram: @bellatrona

Contact the studio owner directly and ask what their requirements are to get on the yoga sub list. It can be frustrating, but subbing helps you get your foot in the door and helps you become known in the community. If you are open to subbing regularly, teachers and studio owners will think of you as a go-to in a pinch.

Hannah Franco, Oakland, CA
Instagram: @hannahfrancoyoga

Connect with other teachers – especially those teachers who have a similar or harmonious style to yours. This not only helps you learn and improve, but other opportunities will open, including possibly subbing for classes or even assisting or leading workshops or retreats together. Yoga is all about connection, so connect!

Chad Cronin, Boston, MA
Instagram: @chaduranga.cronin

You went to yoga training for a reason and know why you want to teach, so keep that at the forefront of your mind. When it comes to subbing, be available to teach those brutal early morning classes that you can barely wake up for, teach the weekend classes when your friends are out on "Sunday Funday," and definitely teach those larger classes that you might not feel confident enough for at the time. It's important to teach various classes at first so you know what you like and what you don't like.