The Hidden Costs In Training To Be A Yoga Teacher

By YogaLondon Staff on 14 April 2016 | Video: How do you know you're ready to teach yoga?

When you look into booking your yoga teacher training course you'll no doubt be comparing the cost of courses. But are you seeing the real price you'll need to pay in order to become a teacher? I'm not talking the 'blood, sweat and tears' price of pursuing the training (although it's worth taking that into account) but rather the hidden costs that most people don't think of in advance. Here are a list of the costs you may incur to become a yoga instructor.

Course fees

This is the most obvious and probably the largest fee you'll have to pay. Courses can vary in price between £1500 and £7000, depending on what's included, where it is, and how long the course will take. If you’re planning on doing an intensive yoga training retreat in Costa Rica, your fees may include accommodation and food which will increase the price. Trainings that are attached to famous yoga studios may have higher fees too, as your paying for the prestige of training with that school.

It's worthwhile looking at both the fees and what’s included when you compare course prices. Some training courses include books and first aid courses in their fees, so while they look more expensive they're actually offering you more.

You'll also need to pay more for certain schools of yoga. Bikram's extensive copyright and trademark of his brand of yoga means you can only train through him to be an official Bikram yoga teacher. If that's important to you you'll need to fork out sizeable fee to attend his school. If it's not, you can do a generic 'hot' yoga training instead.

It's important to weigh up what you want from your training and if associations with certain schools of yoga/studios matter to you. Then you can work out what you need to pay here.

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Regardless of whether you'll be training in a tropical retreat or here in the UK, you need to factor in travel money. Rarely will you find the yoga school on your doorstep... but if you do - lucky you!

If you're traveling abroad to train as a yoga teacher work out travel costs (flights/trains/boats), and don't forget to add on transfers to and from the airport/station at each end.

If you're training in the UK you've got a lovely array of travel choices out there for you. Cars, trains, buses and coaches can shuttle you to your destination. But with petrol prices steadily rising and tickets on trains some of the most expensive on the planet, it's worth shopping around to find travel that’s both convenient and wallet friendly. Booking ahead on discount sites can help.

If you’re doing your yoga teacher training in London you'll still need to think of those travel costs. A daily travel card can cost up to £15 at peak times, shunting up the cost of your training at stagger speed.

Once you've booked onto a course it's a good idea to ask who else is coming from your area, and seeing who you can share a ride with to bring down costs.


If you live in London or the surrounding counties you have a fabulous array of yoga teacher courses on your doorstep. You'll be able to commute in to yoga training in London with relative ease and have the comfort of staying at home. But if you're traveling in from further a field or taking a training abroad you'll need to factor in the cost of accommodation.

As a general rule, intensive yoga trainings abroad come with accommodation included. If they don't they'll know where students have chosen to stay before and be able to advise you on where's best to lay your head each night.

If you're coming to London to train as a yoga teacher you be hit by a high bill for accommodation. Hotel prices are sky high and even budget options may prove too expensive. Hostels are a cheap option but not ideal if you want to get to sleep early. If you're training during the summer then look out for universities who open their student halls up to the public during the holidays. Once again sharing with a fellow student may work out best. You'll both have the same routine and who knows - you may become lifelong friends.

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Set Texts

To accompany your teacher training you'll have a selection of compulsory set texts. The number and titles of these vary from course to course, so remember find out before you book how much you’re expected to pay. You may find you already own some of these books. If not it really is best to buy them rather than borrow from a friend. These books will doubtless become part of your essential reference library once you begin to teach.


If you want to teach yoga while you are training you'll need to get insurance first. Some students don't even realise this is an option, but it is definitely worthwhile if you are enrolled in a long-term course (e.g. an 18 month teacher training). If you get student teacher insurance you can practice the skills you are learning as you train, and translate the theory you are learning into actual teaching skills. You'll also finish your training with some teaching experience under your belt and something to write on your CV.

This insurance obviously comes at a cost which can vary from one company to the next, and depends on how much cover you choose to get. Some students don't want to pay out for this insurance, but remember that if you want to teach yoga this is a cost you'll incur yearly for the rest of your teaching days, so you may as well get used to it now.

Affiliation to a Yoga Governing Body

If you are enrolled in a British Wheel of Yoga course (BWY) you'll need to add the fee for your student membership of the BWY which is mandatory. Student membership is also available for those on Yoga Alliance UK accredited courses although it's up to you whether you take this or not. One of the benefits of these memberships is that you get reduced rates on insurance policies, so again if you're on a longer course and want to teach as you train it's worth looking into.

Music License

More I hear you ask? Well yes, how about your music license? Not all instructors choose to use music when they teach, but some can't imagine teaching without it. If you're in that group then watch out. If an inspector discovers you teaching a public class with music without a license you'll be in trouble (and in line for a huge fine). Go to the PPL for information on their licenses which cover any music you want to play.