A yoga instructor, or yoga teacher, teaches yoga. This can be in a class setting, in small groups, or as a one-to-one.
The way they teach yoga will depend to a large extent on what type of yoga they teach. For example, Iyengar yoga teachers use lots of props and focus on alignment in poses. Vinyasa flow yoga teachers will come up with sequences that flow from one pose to the next, often on the breath.
Some types of yoga, such as Ashtanga yoga, have guided practice, known as ‘Mysore style’ practice, where the teacher is more of an onlooker as students work through a series of poses.
In a class setting a yoga instructor will stand at the front of the class so that students can mirror the instructor’s demonstrations. They will also come off the mat and physically adjust students (with their consent).
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, yoga instructors have moved to online classes, either over live-stream, on social media, or as a pre-recorded video.