More People Turning to Yoga to Make Living

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Yoga could very well be on its way to becoming the job-maker du jour, with more enthusiasts turning the burgeoning hobby-of-choice into a profession.

USA Today reports the yoga industry has rocketed in the past 10 years, with 14.3 million people in the U.S. practicing yoga in 2010, up from 4.3 million in 2001. And with the explosion in popularity, there are more people teaching yoga, both full-time and part-time.

"The combination of the growth of people in participating in yoga and the recession has caused a lot of people to either become full-time yoga teachers or do it as an adjunct to their day job," Bill Harper, publisher of Yoga Journal, told USA Today.

New yoga teachers generally make about $50 per class, according to the paper, and about six months after earning a certification, most teachers make about $50 to $200 weekly.

Location matters, too: Los Angeles and New York often have more to offer in the way of teaching jobs. 

"It's almost like yoga studios are becoming like Starbucks," one New York City yoga instructor told USA Today. "There's one on every corner now. So there's plenty of opportunity for teachers -- it's just a matter of finding your way into the studio."

[USA Today]

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