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Business of Yoga: How Much to Charge as a Kids Yoga Teacher

In kids yoga teacher training there are two questions I get asked a lot.

The first is, “What do I do to keep the kids attention?”

And the second is, “What should I charge?”

Neither question is easy to answer because there are so many factors involved.  Let’s spend some time on the second question today.

We devote about 4 hours on effective tools to grow your yoga business in the Branching Out Certificate of our teacher training and in our Summer Intensive Certification/.  You’ll look at different teaching options and price ranges for teaching in a yoga studio, daycare, for a yoga birthday party, a mom’s and tot’s class or a family yoga class.A teacher in a kids yoga class and also has to consider what to charge for teaching the class and the business of yoga too

Here’s a look at some tips for setting your prices if you are wondering what to charge.

6 Factors For Deciding What to Charge to Teach a Kids Yoga Class

 

  1. Years of Teaching Experience: if you’ve taught so many classes and know you can deliver a great class, you can charge more. If you are no so sure, consider charging less so that you get experience.  Based on experience, kids yoga teacher usually start their careers charging between $40 – $75 per hour.
  2. Time:  How close the venue is to you, how busy is your schedule, how easy is it for you to fit the class into your schedule?  Quote a higher price when you’re more heavily booked because if you don’t get the job, if it is out of their budget, you won’t mind so much. If you get the teaching gig you can let go of one of your lower paying jobs.
  3. Leg Work:  How much leg work did you do for the class?  Did you plan a special theme, special materials, are buy any extra materials for a birthday party? Did you advertise to fill the class or just show up and teach?  You can expect to get paid more for more leg work.  If this case it’s worth looking at room/studio rentals and charging per child.  One experienced kids yoga teacher offers classes at her children’s school. She charges $5/class per student and cuts off registration at 20 students. She runs an 8 or 10 week series and makes $100 per class because she doesn’t have to pay any room rental.  Everyone is happy.
  4. Frequency and Duration:  How many classes are getting booked?  You can usually charge more for a one time class and give a better rate for a weekly class or series.  Give a special rate for locations, like a daycare, that books you for 2 hours at a time.  All these save you time trying to fill your schedule looking for new classes. Its worth finding a rate that will keep you coming back on a regular basis. I’ve taught at one Montessori School for over 10 years and I keep my price reasonable and have a wonderful relationship without extra leg work.
  5. Their Budget: Sometimes in the end it comes down to how much they can afford.  One of my favorite questions is “What’s your budget?”  Otherwise said, “My usual rate for this type of situation is (give your higher end rate).  How does that work with your budget?”  It gives you an idea of what they can afford and if you can work within their financial constraints given the other factors above.
  6. Your Budget: Sometimes in the end it comes down to what you can afford.  You can do a lot of running around when you become a kids yoga teacher.  Do the math: if you bill 10 hours a week at $50 /hour that equals $500 per week.  Work 48 weeks a year, you will make about $24,000 per year. You are not getting rich as a yoga teacher even though it may seem like $50 per hour is a lot. Remember, you won’t be working a 40 hour work week, you’ll be spending a lot of time traveling, marketing, and planning.  All things you don’t get paid for directly.  You’ll be able to keep this up for a while, but eventually raising your prices will be the only way to continue if you want to have a car, a home, children, health care, or savings.

Personally I have been paid, over the years, anywhere from $25 – $150 per hour to teach kids yoga. I’ve also volunteered to teach classes to get my foot in a door or because it is a good promotional opportunity.  Recently a local fitness organization contacted me looking for teachers for an after school program.  They start their teachers at $40 per hour.

kids in yoga class climb on each other ot make a pyramid

Team work helps these kids build a pyramid.

My Recommendation of What to Charge for those who can Deliver:

Considering all these factors on the financial side of teaching kids yoga, I recommend a new Kids Yoga teacher set their rate at a minimum of $50/hour for a weekly class and $150 for a one time class.

Here’s the caveat:  this rate means you can walk into the class, with your bag of effective tools, and deliver a great class. If you are worried you are going to stumble through the class, then lower your rate till you get enough experience with real kids to feel confident.

Your price can go up from there.

What do you think is a fair rate to state as your base for a new teacher?  Is $50 too much or too little?

Yours truly,

Aruna

Upcoming Teacher Training

Themes and Dreams Certificate – This specialized Kids Yoga Teacher Training weekend  includes carefully selected stories, songs, and props  that teach real yoga concepts so teachers can give children a deeper personal connection to yoga.  We also go over the yoga postures and meditations that can be safely taught to children with little explanation. The focus is on creating lesson plans using themes that help kids dream big dreams. Sat.- Sun. Jan. 21-22, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario

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