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When you are trying to get a job as a children’s yoga instructor, it helps to have a tailored resume in the wings. Keeping in mind that teaching kids’ classes is a very different exercise than teaching adults, here are some pointers for putting your resume together.
First thing to list is education. Keep in mind, this is your relevant education. That means that you don’t list the university you went to, as it does not affect your knowledge of yoga (unless, of course, you majored in yoga studies or comparable). You highlight your yoga training. Both children’s teacher training and 200+ hour adult teacher trainings should be listed here.
Second, highlight the yoga teaching experience that you have. Be sure to mention the style(s) you teach as well as any specialties. For example: “Children’s yoga classes with creative use of music, toys and games to create a unique class environment” or, “Adult Vinyasa Flow classes with highly specific alignment and a special focus on arm balances and inversions.”
Third, you can mention any non-yoga experience you have with children. Have you worked at summer camp? Ran a daycare?
Then, you can also play up non-yoga teaching experience. Swimming lessons, SAT’s, ESL? If you don’t have specific yoga teaching experience, simply having a strong teaching background can help you get a job. Be sure to mention age groups you have worked with, as well as class size.
And, finally, references. Choose people who have seen your yoga practice and can vouch for your proficiency, who have seen you working with children, and/or who are familiar with you as a yoga teacher. Oh…and who will speak highly of you, of course.
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