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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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List of Yoga Instructor Interview Questions
  1. What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
  2. How do you build relationships with your students?
  3. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  4. What types of yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  6. How important is meditation to your yoga practice?
  7. Tell me about your yoga teacher training.
  8. What has helped you improve your classes since you first started teaching?
  9. What is your yoga philosophy?
  10. What style do you most enjoy teaching?
  11. How has yoga changed your life?
  12. How do you stay up to date in the yoga industry?
  13. How would you respond to a student with an injury?
  14. Have you ever taught pre-natal yoga?
  15. Do you prefer to instruct small groups, large groups, or one-on-one?
  16. How do you ensure the safety of your students?
  17. What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
  18. How do you manage your teaching schedule?
  19. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  20. How can you tell that you taught a successful class?
  21. Why should we hire you?
  22. What is your greatest achievement as a yoga instructor?
  23. What do you know about our yoga studio?
  24. What makes your yoga classes unique?
  25. What do you feel is the most important skill a yoga instructor should possess?
  26. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you be a more effective teacher?
  27. Why did you start practicing yoga?
  28. Who has been your greatest influence?
  29. Why do you want to be a yoga instructor?
  30. If a student was disruptive in class, what would you do?
Authors:
Contributing Author
Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
Contributing Author
Ryan Brown
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Yoga Instructor Information
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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Yoga Instructor User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
What are some of the challenges you've experienced as a yoga teacher?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
That not enough people in the world are doing it!
2.
Its easy to be isolated as a teacher money aspect of it, social media aspect of it.
3.
It's unlimited, big can be confusing at times. On the other hand it teaches me to make choices that suit my lifestyle.
4.
The way it is perceived by the general population.
5.
The flexibility portion is a little difficult for me.
Question 2 of 30
How do you build relationships with your students?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am not much people oriented and enjoy my own company.
2.
Yes! I love to learn about others and get to know them on a deeper level. I love to challenge myself to open up a person.
3.
Peoples mis perception that you must be flexible to do it.
4.
I love interacting with others and sharing my experience. The biggest gift of teaching is actually that we learn from our students.
5.
On most days yes. I love talking to new people and finding common interests as well as expanding my interests and ideas. There are times when I like to be alone, to reflect and meditate but mostly I love being around people!
Question 3 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Not a planner - like to do things sporatically - can't sit down and write a plan for the life of me!
2.
My greatest weakness is always trying to please others. I'm learning to commit to what yoga is for me and to know that the students come when the teacher is willing to teach.
3.
It helps people with free yoga classes.
4.
My greatest weakneas is that my body is not flexible enough to do all the yog posture. I feel sed as it has been 6 years engaged in yoga. Nowadays, I especially concentrate on doing susma byayam for the flexibility of every joint.
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Not being able to say no and trying to say no more often.
Question 4 of 30
What types of yoga do you have the most experience instructing?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Asans and Anulom Vilom Pranayam of Hath Yog; and Sankhya of Raj Yog.
2.
Hatha and Ashtanga even though I have experience in Vinyasa as well.
3.
Instructing, I have the most experience with Ashtanga and general Power flows. I also have a lot of practice and personal experience in Yin which I would feel very comfortable instructing as well. I'm still progressing in my teaching and hope to take more trainings to expand my experiences to include prenatal yoga, mom and baby yoga, family yoga, and more.
4.
I am experienced in teaching different levels of Hatha yoga.
5.
Anusara alignment based, beginner, mixed levels.
Question 5 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Constantly learning and developing myself.
2.
Retreats, conferences, teacher trainer.
3.
Teaching yoga, conducting workshops and still practicing.
4.
I would love to work for parks and Recs teaching yoga. Would like to teach mindfulness workshops and accomplish kundalini yoga teacher training.
5.
A full-time Yoga teacher teaching classes in trauma-informed and grief yoga.
Question 6 of 30
How important is meditation to your yoga practice?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It is important to take some time to connect with ourselves in life. Yoga can be a form of meditation itself depending on the person and the quality of breathing of each person. However it can be really challenging and cueing to bring the awareness back where it should be can help the student back in that state of meditation. To answer the question, it is important but I don't believe the ''classic'' lotus pose meditation is vital and a more accessible approach can be easier for new students.
2.
It is not essential for a yoga practice but I do find it can enhance the spiritual experinces in the class. I enjoy an opening and closing mantra at the beginning and end of the class, starting and ending with the sound of OM.
Question 7 of 30
Tell me about your yoga teacher training.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I trained in Ubud, Bali Indonesia with Radhika Yoga Teacher Training. A Vedic Philosophy based training on Ashtanga, Power and Yin.
Question 8 of 30
What has helped you improve your classes since you first started teaching?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I practice every day as well as read a bit every day on different breathing techniques, asanas, limbs of Ashtanga etc.
Question 9 of 30
What is your yoga philosophy?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Not to hurt anyone including me. Again to be compassionate and to try to improve myself as much as I can.
Question 10 of 30
What style do you most enjoy teaching?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I found my specific specialities from my training. I always loved Power and Yin and then fell in love with the discipline of Ashtanga.
Question 11 of 30
How has yoga changed your life?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
In every way. Following the 8 limbs of yoga has improve my mental and physical health. It has taught me to be compassionate rather than angry.
2.
In ways I can't even express. I am open: physically, and mentally. I and free: physically and mentally. And so much more.
Question 12 of 30
How do you stay up to date in the yoga industry?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I just moved here in Montreal so I am still on the hunt for one. Back in India my mentor was Dr. Sushil Yogi.
2.
Her name is Jayaprada Radhika from Radhika yoga.
Question 13 of 30
How would you respond to a student with an injury?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Rest the injured limb, put ice on it, Elevate it in certain cases and maybe massage it with sesame oil. If nothing works, I would recommend to go to a doctor or a a kyro. Either way, I never encourage my students to go beyond their limits and like to prevent injuries up front.
2.
I would approach the student and see if they need to take a break or maybe come into downward dog or another restorative pose. Depending how long I spend with this student, I would instruct the rest of the class to either keep breathing in the pose they are in, bringing them through the sequence or have them come into downward facing dog or child's pose to rest while we settle the injury.
Question 14 of 30
Have you ever taught pre-natal yoga?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
No I haven't and especially during the first semester I wouldnt be confident teaching it. I always recommend having the doctor's approval before a class and never doing close twists if really the person wants to join a class.
2.
No, but I would like to take my training in it1
Question 15 of 30
Do you prefer to instruct small groups, large groups, or one-on-one?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Small groups because you tend to learn more about a few peoples physical background but you can still offer a specialized class and offer more adjustments.
2.
I always prefer one-on-one for the connection that I can make and the actual modifications and adjustments I can give but I also love the energy of a group setting. The practice and meditation with the group can bring about an atmosphere that is unlike any other for yoga.
Question 16 of 30
How do you ensure the safety of your students?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It it vital. I believe thorough cues and demonstration can prevent most bad forms but otherwise, adjustments and corrections are really good for that.
2.
Good form is not important so long as the students are breathing. As long as the student can maintain a deep, steady, slow breath and feel content and at ease, with a small challenge, I know they are practicing safely.
Question 17 of 30
What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Attending classes consistently, apply the learning from my training and getting involved/giving my time in our yoga community.
2.
300 hours SF yoga journal yoga tune up.
3.
Shravan, Manan and mediation has helped me feel better.
4.
I become more close to my self.
5.
I constantly take advantage of new courses and learning new skills and take every opportunity as a space to learn.
Question 18 of 30
How do you manage your teaching schedule?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yoga has taught discipline, dedication and devotion.
2.
Yes I do. I understand timing is also really important for student especially in a corporate environment and if I am scheduled for a 60 minutes class, I can assure it wont take a second more.
3.
Definitely. I am extremely prompt and organized. Some say a little too much. I'm working on my spontenainity and finding a little wiggle-room in my timely organized days.
4.
Yes, I am constantly working on it. And I find that yoga and mindfulness techniques help me to manage my time.
5.
No I can't manage my time well but I treid.
Question 19 of 30
How do you handle stress and pressure?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
By committing to a daily practice and staying present.
2.
Yoga, sports, meditation, pranayama, auyrveda.
3.
In a positive way and simply with a smile on facee.
4.
Breath watching by keeping eyes closed. Whatever happens is with HIS desire. Surrender to HIM.
5.
Stress and pressure part of life, I handled those with patience and love.
Question 20 of 30
How can you tell that you taught a successful class?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When one has been tested on various 'lessons' and come out the other side with grace and compassion- if not happiness.
2.
Struggle and improvement.
3.
How it feels ; accomplised +- money... student feedback / connection.
4.
By meeting my professional goals smoothly in a group.
5.
Again a relative term. Contentment from within - Santosh(niyam)
Question 21 of 30
Why should we hire you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I'm willing to serve and learn.
2.
I am the right candidate.
3.
Want to be part of family desire to grow.
4.
I am available for Service on HIS name.
5.
I want to tell you about all my skills here, being in wellness sector since 2005 I have gone through lods of trainings and different experiences.
Question 22 of 30
What is your greatest achievement as a yoga instructor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
3 yoga teacher trainings and a solid, growing practice. I have successfully introduced the concepts of Yoga to young children.
2.
In my curriculum I have always success at yoga.
3.
Eating disordor travelling / learning / working better my relationship with m yparents.
4.
Mental peace and learning the absolute truth - whatever happens is HIS desire.
5.
All my skills and attitude towards work.
Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our yoga studio?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
For everybody family great offering great teachers.
2.
One of the best wellness firm in the world.
3.
I know that you are an active fitness centre, expanding your services to include yoga. I am very excited to have an opportunity to be a part of this!
4.
It helps people with free yoga classes.
Question 24 of 30
What makes your yoga classes unique?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I practice what I preach.
2.
Accepting the things as they are.
3.
Yoga and another wellness koweldge.
4.
I have always been a people person and I have also an acting background so my classes are entertaining and professional which I believe make students want to come back.
5.
My best asset, I believe, is the ability to read a room. I can tell the mood and energy and get a sense of what they need to pick them up. This comes in handy in yoga classes. Especially at 6:00am!
Question 25 of 30
What do you feel is the most important skill a yoga instructor should possess?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Calm , time managing, team leading.
2.
Discipline, devotion and dedication.
3.
No ego, and more connection with students.
4.
Listen to own body, experience own feeling and enjoy what I do.
5.
Knowledge of the 8 limbs of yoga and passion for the practice.
Question 26 of 30
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you be a more effective teacher?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Enthusiasm and genuine regard of the student's requirements. I can be of service to the students.
2.
Teacher (connection / holding space / be present) - desire to teach - personal practice and history - something to share.
3.
Faith. He helps those who have faith in themselves.
4.
Just being a high energy, getting physically fit. And just being friendly.
5.
Open minded, it helps lot me to convert all mistakes to right.
Question 27 of 30
Why did you start practicing yoga?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
How effectively it helps to move my energy.
2.
How it helps me connect with myself / listen / get out of my head / feel better / confidence / love.
3.
Yoga is for complete health of body, mind and spirituality.
4.
Its gives mental peace and strengthen our body.
5.
EVERYTHING, it does not judge, your on your own little world.
Question 28 of 30
Who has been your greatest influence?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Since childhood, sitting in padmasan during prayer.
2.
10 years ago in a local gym.
3.
It was when I was in 12th i., e 2000
4.
In 2012 I had a few hatha classes here in Sangha yoga and when I left to travel across the world yoga was an everyday need and I loved to go to as many different classes I could.
5.
About four years ago now. I was looking for a form of exercise that I would enjoy and I found yoga! Little did I know it would come with so many spiritual benefits and practically change my life.
Question 29 of 30
Why do you want to be a yoga instructor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Because Yoga has changed my life.
2.
It changed my life and I want to change other peoples life.
3.
Enlighten people's self within makes me to opt this as a career.
4.
Sharing my learning and experince.
5.
More than a job yoga is self system to help others.
Question 30 of 30
If a student was disruptive in class, what would you do?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Depending on the amount of disruptiveness, I would either ask them to respect the other students practices, or eventually leave the room for a few minuets until they're ready to join with an open mind.
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