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Top 30 Yoga Instructor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
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Question 2 of 30
How do you build relationships with your students?
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"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.
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"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!"
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Question 3 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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"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.
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"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."
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Question 4 of 30
What types of yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
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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.
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Question 5 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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"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.
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"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!"
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Question 6 of 30
How important is meditation to your yoga practice?
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Question 7 of 30
Tell me about your yoga teacher training.
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Question 8 of 30
What has helped you improve your classes since you first started teaching?
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Question 9 of 30
What is your yoga philosophy?
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Question 10 of 30
What style do you most enjoy teaching?
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Question 11 of 30
How has yoga changed your life?
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Question 12 of 30
How do you stay up to date in the yoga industry?
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Question 13 of 30
How would you respond to a student with an injury?
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Question 14 of 30
Have you ever taught pre-natal yoga?
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Question 15 of 30
Do you prefer to instruct small groups, large groups, or one-on-one?
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Question 16 of 30
How do you ensure the safety of your students?
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Question 17 of 30
What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
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Question 18 of 30
How do you manage your teaching schedule?
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Question 19 of 30
How do you handle stress and pressure?
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Question 20 of 30
How can you tell that you taught a successful class?
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Question 21 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 22 of 30
What is your greatest achievement as a yoga instructor?
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Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our yoga studio?
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Question 24 of 30
What makes your yoga classes unique?
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Question 25 of 30
What do you feel is the most important skill a yoga instructor should possess?
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Question 26 of 30
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you be a more effective teacher?
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Question 27 of 30
Why did you start practicing yoga?
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Question 28 of 30
Who has been your greatest influence?
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Question 29 of 30
Why do you want to be a yoga instructor?
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Question 30 of 30
If a student was disruptive in class, what would you do?
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About Yoga Instructor

February 15th, 2017

With the growing popularity of yoga, yoga teachers have become increasingly high in demand. Yoga teachers specialize in a particular type of yoga, like Hatha, Vinyasa or Iyengar. They are required to complete an initial 200-hour training that lasts from 10 weeks to 12 months. During this time, trainees will practice yoga, complete required readings, and study anatomy. They will learn the basic poses to create sequences and practice teaching other students. Most yoga teachers work in a studio, educating students of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Some teachers will host retreats and workshops to allow their students to deepen their practice. Continuing education is essential for teachers to stay relevant in this growing industry.

For teachers to be the most effective in their field, they must cultivate their regular yoga practice, often meditating a linking breath with movement on their yoga mats. Since the yoga industry has become highly competitive, social media and marketing skills will also help you to grow your own business and attract more students. Teachers must also be comfortable with public speaking. The best teachers are observant and compassionate towards the needs of their students. Yoga teachers use their creativity and their body knowledge to design classes that are fun and challenging to keep students coming back to class.

Yoga teacher interviews often require an audition. You may be teaching to one other teacher or to a group. Take some classes at the studio before your interview to learn about the qualities they are looking for. Every teacher is different, and studios will appreciate your authentic voice. They may be looking for someone to teach a specific style, like Ashtanga or Yin Yoga, so make sure you are clear about what they are looking for before you prepare your audition. You will want to be able to give examples of how you are flexible to the needs of your students, whether they have past injuries or a disability that inhibits their ability to practice. Above all, know how to talk about your yoga philosophy and who has been the most influential in your teaching and in your own personal practice. Be confident about what you have to offer! Explain why you decided to become a yoga teacher and what excites you about teaching others. Share how you have promoted your classes in the past and how you intend to help grow the studio.

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