THE YOGA INDUSTRY
At Ritual Hot Yoga, teachers are paid as full-time, salaried employees, equipped with health benefits, vacation time, and sick time. They are compensated to create their classes, sequences, playlists, and to practice. Yes, we said practice! Teachers are hired and paid to train with us at Ritual Hot Yoga, with the peace of mind that they are going to be taken care of post training.
Teachers work at Ritual work at one heated yoga studio, unless they feel compelled to travel to others. They are given a clear career path, ways to work upward into management, or laterally into other specialty areas of the business. Ritual Hot Yoga teachers receive continued development opportunities, such as weekly posture labs and one-on-one mentoring.
Ritual Hot Yoga is here to be the first to prove this new model works for heated yoga studios and all other styles of yoga throughout the industry at large. Treating yoga teachers with respect and love creates a stronger yoga class offering, a deeper yogic connection that can profoundly impact the students hot yoga experience, and a powerhouse business that can create a monumental change across the heated yoga sector and throughout the yoga industry at large.
There is a dark side to
AND IT’S HOW THE MAJORITY OF THE YOGA STUDIOS IN THE INDUSTRY ARE CURRENTLY OPERATING
Did you know that most yoga teachers in San Francisco and most other major cities barely make enough money to afford rent? They are typically hired as “independent contractors” so businesses can receive tax benefits while legally most should actually be employees.
Yoga teachers can teach at up to 10 different heated yoga studios, work 16 hour days, and have to acclimate to each studio’s “rules and standards.” Yoga teachers are required to create new sequences, playlists, and intentions for each class, yet are rarely compensated for their time. They almost never receive health benefits, sick days, or paid time off.
Studios often require an aspiring teacher to pay for their own training, only to hopefully get hired to teach a few classes a week. If they do make the cut, they may be required to do an unpaid “internship” aka teaching yoga for free, for sometimes more than 30 classes before they begin earning a paycheck.
“I have the utmost love, and respect for the practice,
which is why I have spent the last 10 years learning the ins and outs of the yoga industry. The memories of the pain I experienced teaching in heated yoga studios across a broken industry sparked a burning passion within me to change the game so that no yoga teachers ever have to experience disrespect or manipulation again for simply doing a job they love. This model is no secret, and currently is our competitive advantage over other businesses in the same arena. Someday I hope that it is not the case. I pray that one day, the Ritual Hot Yoga crew will have to step their game up because it will no longer be so revolutionary to create a sustainable career path for yoga teachers around the globe. Until that day… we remain the pioneers.” – Co-founder Lindsey Kaalberg