Most people admit they’d love to be able to travel more. For those who practice, or even have an interest in practicing yoga, you’re in luck.
Yoga and traveling can actually go hand in hand these days. How?
Well, most of your options probably require being a certified instructor, so getting your YTTC (yoga teacher training certification) might be a good start.
Getting certified alone can be an adventure in itself. Many yoga schools abroad cost less than those in the U.S. (and I’m assuming Canada, too) so it ends up really equaling out with flight and transportation to just use that extra money you’d be paying to get certified in some building at home, to go abroad and travel while becoming certified.
After you’ve become certified, you can actually reach out to hostels, and maybe even some hotels and retreats, and negotiate free stay for teaching free yoga lessons for the other guests. That was something I did on my last trip.
Once you build a following and reputation, you can probably start getting your flights covered to come out and teach places as well. Besides just the travel perks, it’s pretty rewarding to be able to make people feel better about themselves. Leaving your students feeling less stressed out and more relaxed is incredibly fulfilling.
Another way you can travel through yoga is by Couchsurfing. On my last few trips — one to Miami, and one through Europe — I would often post an event on the CS app inviting people to come join me for a yoga lesson, usually outdoors in some park.
I’d put in the app that the class was free, but that donations were welcome. One of our instructors in my yoga school told us that was how he humbly started out, and it’s a great idea.
This allows you to put some extra money in your pocket while spreading your positive influence through yoga wherever you go.
When I was traveling in Europe, I was primarily staying with people through CS, and in my trips I’d post asking for willing hosts, I always said I could offer free yoga classes. That way, I was able to narrow my selection of hosts who offered stay to me based on who seemed genuinely interested in learning or sharing their practice with me.
Lastly, you could search for yoga retreats on Workaway. Lots of people post there looking for help running their retreats. Even if you aren’t a certified instructor, many people need help with other various tasks, but will allow you free accommodation and might even let you drop in on some free classes at the retreat!
So there you have a few different ideas for traveling with simply the knowledge of, or desire to learn yoga. Hopefully one of these has struck a cord with you, so get to seeing the world already!