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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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If a student was disruptive in class, what would you do?
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Yoga students come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. You may have a student who likes to talk to their neighbor during class. You might also have a student who never turns off their cell phone and walks out in the middle of class to take a call. You never know who might come to your class! You will need to know how to gently pull them aside and explain the boundaries and expectations of the class. You don't have to be confrontational! Simply ask them to turn off their phone or cut back on the chatter.
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1.
If a student was disruptive in class, what would you do?
Yoga students come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. You may have a student who likes to talk to their neighbor during class. You might also have a student who never turns off their cell phone and walks out in the middle of class to take a call. You never know who might come to your class! You will need to know how to gently pull them aside and explain the boundaries and expectations of the class. You don't have to be confrontational! Simply ask them to turn off their phone or cut back on the chatter.
2.
How do you build relationships with your students?
"I like to have each student introduce themselves before we start the class. I give everyone a chance to talk a little bit about themselves so that I can get to know them and they can meet each other. Community is so important to me, and I take time before and after class to talk with my students as much as I can!"

It can be tricky to get to know your students when you only have a short time to chat with them in between classes. Share some of the ways you make an effort to be personable and follow up with students. It could be as simple as remembering their names and asking them about an injury or an experience they told you about the week before. Use examples that show you are personable and care greatly about your students.
Rachelle's Answer
"I like to have each student introduce themselves before we start the class. I give everyone a chance to talk a little bit about themselves so that I can get to know them and they can meet each other. Community is so important to me, and I take time before and after class to talk with my students as much as I can!"
3.
What has helped you improve your classes since you first started teaching?
"The more I teach, the confident I become. It has been helpful to take workshops from other teachers, but what has helped me the most is my own yoga practice and learning from my students. My students have inspired me! They have taught me how to be a better listener and how to observe what's happening in their bodies. It's all about the practice! As I get more experience and listen to the needs of my students, I feel like my teaching continues to improve."

New teachers often struggle with feeling confident about their teaching ability. Give it time! Every time you get in front of the class, you will feel a little bit nervous, but that's okay! With practice, you will gain confidence in your skills and feel more comfortable speaking in front of your students. Share some tips or tricks that have helped to improve your classes and your teaching ability.
Rachelle's Answer
"The more I teach, the confident I become. It has been helpful to take workshops from other teachers, but what has helped me the most is my own yoga practice and learning from my students. My students have inspired me! They have taught me how to be a better listener and how to observe what's happening in their bodies. It's all about the practice! As I get more experience and listen to the needs of my students, I feel like my teaching continues to improve."
4.
What is your yoga philosophy?
Your yoga philosophy explains your mission as a yoga teacher. You are teaching students to connect their body and minds through moving through postures intentionally and using their breath to help them notice where they might feel stuck. Interviewers also want to hear about your teaching techniques and tools you use. Explain the foundation of those techniques, whether they are drawn from your training in hatha yoga or if they are more based on a different type of yoga training. Share your specialty, the levels of yoga you like to teach and the types of students you enjoy teaching.
5.
Why did you start practicing yoga?
"I use to be an athlete, running and playing sports my whole life. When I injured my knee, I knew I needed to try something different. I was in college when I tried my first yoga class and I loved how my body felt afterward. My knee continued to feel better the more I practiced! It's been 9 years and I look forward to practicing every day now."
Rachelle's Answer
"I use to be an athlete, running and playing sports my whole life. When I injured my knee, I knew I needed to try something different. I was in college when I tried my first yoga class and I loved how my body felt afterward. My knee continued to feel better the more I practiced! It's been 9 years and I look forward to practicing every day now."
6.
Why should we hire you?
Talk about what makes you unique as a teacher. You may have trained in India under a well-known guru, or maybe you trained at a local yoga studio that specialized in pre-natal and kids yoga. You want to share what makes you stand out. If you are interviewing at a studio that teaches Hatha yoga to an older demographic, explain how you will design classes that cater to their existing clientele. You also want to talk about how you plan to draw in new students through marketing yourself in creative ways. Remember that you have something special to offer that other teachers don't! Your authentic voice, your training and experience will make you a great addition to any yoga studio!
7.
What types of yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest Yoga... there are so many different styles of yoga! There is even aerial yoga for the more adventures types. where you can climb silks and perform high above the ground! Share your experience and describe how your classes incorporate the elements of this particular style.
8.
Do you prefer to instruct small groups, large groups, or one-on-one?
The interviewer wants to hear about your experience teaching different groups of people. They may offer private instruction to their students and want to hear about how you adapt your teaching style. In your yoga teaching career, you will have the opportunity to teach a wide variety of students in different environments. You may even decide to teach corporate yoga or kids yoga. Be honest about your preference and talk about how you are willing to be flexible about teaching in different settings.
9.
What style do you most enjoy teaching?
Share a little bit about the type of yoga you are most familiar with teaching. If you are passionate about Hatha yoga, talk about why you enjoy teaching it! If you don't have much experience with teaching, share your experience with yoga and what you're looking forward to about teaching. If you are a people person, teaching yoga is a great way to connect with others. You will have opportunities to build relationships and meet interesting people every day! Teaching yoga is a rewarding experience that will be just as life-giving to you as it is for your students!
10.
How has yoga changed your life?
"After a serious car accident, I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to do all of the physical activities I use to. I was a competitive cyclist, but I injured my neck and my hip to where I couldn't ride my bike anymore. My doctor recommended yoga, and I was hooked after the first class! I felt such relief in my joints and even felt less pressure in my neck. Since then, I have dedicated my life to practicing and teaching yoga so that others can experience the same benefits."
Rachelle's Answer
"After a serious car accident, I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to do all of the physical activities I use to. I was a competitive cyclist, but I injured my neck and my hip to where I couldn't ride my bike anymore. My doctor recommended yoga, and I was hooked after the first class! I felt such relief in my joints and even felt less pressure in my neck. Since then, I have dedicated my life to practicing and teaching yoga so that others can experience the same benefits."
11.
What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
"This year I committed to establishing a daily meditation practice to help me to feel more grounded and manage stress. It has made such a difference!"

Show that you are proactive about improving yourself and strengthening your weaknesses. You may have cultivated your own home practice, which shows discipline and motivation. You may have become a vegetarian or a vegan to help improve your health. Give an example that the interviewer will find relevant to teaching yoga.
Rachelle's Answer
"This year I committed to establishing a daily meditation practice to help me to feel more grounded and manage stress. It has made such a difference!"
12.
What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
"I worked with a yoga teacher who was always subbing out her classes. It was frustrating because it affected everyone, including the students. I talked with her to explain how I felt about it and how the students were disappointed that they didn't get to have the consistency of having the same teacher every week. She explained that it was really difficult for her to get to the studio at that time. We were able to change the schedule, which made the teachers and the students much happier!"

Give an example of a challenging student or a situation that you worked to resolve. Share how your willingness to address the problem improved the situation!
Rachelle's Answer
"I worked with a yoga teacher who was always subbing out her classes. It was frustrating because it affected everyone, including the students. I talked with her to explain how I felt about it and how the students were disappointed that they didn't get to have the consistency of having the same teacher every week. She explained that it was really difficult for her to get to the studio at that time. We were able to change the schedule, which made the teachers and the students much happier!"
13.
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
"I sometimes get so caught up in the details of how to teach a pose that I can overwhelm my students with information. I have learned that by offering two to three simple cues, students are better able to understand and move their bodies into the shapes. I have been simplifying my sequences to help the students learn the basics and then gradually elaborating on what I want them to do when I am instructing."

Identify a weakness that you can apply to teaching yoga. If you know you still get nervous speaking in front of other people, talk about how you started doing karaoke or how you are taking an improv class to help you overcome your fear. Show that you believe in yourself and are proactive in making those self-improvements.
Rachelle's Answer
"I sometimes get so caught up in the details of how to teach a pose that I can overwhelm my students with information. I have learned that by offering two to three simple cues, students are better able to understand and move their bodies into the shapes. I have been simplifying my sequences to help the students learn the basics and then gradually elaborating on what I want them to do when I am instructing."
14.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"I'm interested in taking more trainings so that I can offer a wider variety of classes. I'm really interested in restorative yoga and how it helps with injuries and auto-immune disorders. I am fascinated by the human body, and also plan to take a functional anatomy class. I love learning and intend to take as many workshops and courses as I can!"

Whether you plan to teach yoga full-time or on the side with your regular office job, yoga studio owners want to hear that you are goal-oriented. Give an example that shows you are thinking about the future and taking steps to reach your goals.
Rachelle's Answer
"I'm interested in taking more trainings so that I can offer a wider variety of classes. I'm really interested in restorative yoga and how it helps with injuries and auto-immune disorders. I am fascinated by the human body, and also plan to take a functional anatomy class. I love learning and intend to take as many workshops and courses as I can!"
15.
How important is meditation to your yoga practice?
"Meditation is a challenging practice! I've learned that when I incorporate it into my daily routine, I feel much calmer and have a greater ability to focus. It also helps me to pay closer attention to the needs of my body. I try to integrate meditation into my classes so that my students can get a taste of the benefits!"

If you are new to teaching or meditation, share your experience. It's okay if you don't have much experience with meditation. If that's the case, talk about what you notice about your mind and body when you do meditate. Share the positive effects and how you intend to incorporate it more into your daily life.
Rachelle's Answer
"Meditation is a challenging practice! I've learned that when I incorporate it into my daily routine, I feel much calmer and have a greater ability to focus. It also helps me to pay closer attention to the needs of my body. I try to integrate meditation into my classes so that my students can get a taste of the benefits!"
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30 Yoga Instructor Interview Questions
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Interview Questions
  1. If a student was disruptive in class, what would you do?
  2. How do you build relationships with your students?
  3. What has helped you improve your classes since you first started teaching?
  4. What is your yoga philosophy?
  5. Why did you start practicing yoga?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. What types of yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
  8. Do you prefer to instruct small groups, large groups, or one-on-one?
  9. What style do you most enjoy teaching?
  10. How has yoga changed your life?
  11. What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
  12. What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
  13. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  14. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  15. How important is meditation to your yoga practice?
  16. Tell me about your yoga teacher training.
  17. How would you respond to a student with an injury?
  18. How do you ensure the safety of your students?
  19. Have you ever taught pre-natal yoga?
  20. How do you stay up to date in the yoga industry?
  21. Why do you want to be a yoga instructor?
  22. How do you manage your teaching schedule?
  23. Who has been your greatest influence?
  24. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you be a more effective teacher?
  25. What do you feel is the most important skill a yoga instructor should possess?
  26. What makes your yoga classes unique?
  27. What do you know about our yoga studio?
  28. What is your greatest achievement as a yoga instructor?
  29. How can you tell that you taught a successful class?
  30. How do you handle stress and pressure?
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