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In what professional setting exercise a Yoga teacher activity ?

There are several legal possibilities for exercising a professional activity as Yoga Teacher

  1. Associative
  2. Liberal

Becoming an independent worker

As from the age of 18, a self-employed person must become affiliated to a social insurance fund and pay a subscription.

Am I self-employed or a salaried employee in the eyes of to social security ?

In order to establish himself or herself, as self-employed, workers in certain professions, need to have obtained a bachelor’s degree or a graduate diploma.

Non-nationals must have a business card.

If a person exercises a self-employed professional activity for which he does not hold the required diplomas, he however belongs to the social status of self-employed people.

Self-employed complementary contributions

Obligation to contribute

As a self-employed person, you are required to pay contributions to your social insurance fund. Each trimester, you pay a lump sum, which will be divided according to their needs between different sectors

  • Family benefits
  • Pension
  • Sickness and invalidity
  • Insurance against bankruptcy


Attention : there is no contribution for unemployment for an independent.

Contributions must be paid no later than the last day of the trimester for which they are due.

Note :

A contribution is considered as having been paid the day the amount is credited on the account of your social insurance.

Your insurance coverage passes through the payment of contributions. If you neglect to pay, you can expect sanctions (fines, etc.) so do not pay late..

– Social contribution Calculation

– Exemption from payment of contributions *

Exemption of contributions

if you are not able to pay your social contributions, for special reasons, you can apply for a contribution exemption :

Basic conditions

You are primarily self-employed independent

You must establish that you are in need or in a state close to need

Note :

As an assisting spouse, you can get an exemption of dues so long as your independent partner has also been granted an exemption for the same trimesters.


You must fill in an application form that you deposit on the spot or send by registered letter to your social insurance fund.

The exemption of contributions can be partial or total

Your social insurance fund will forward your file to the Commission of exemptions of contributions :

Which can particularly take into account 

  • Your income
  • Your potential debts
  • Extraordinary expenses
  • The composition of your household


The periods during which you have obtained an exemption of contributions, will not be included for the calculation of your pension

Yoga class pricing

First of all, don’t worry; it is possible to live on your passion.

It is possible to love all dimensions of your work, including the accounting aspect.

You will probably not work as an employee; most Yoga teachers are self-employed. This means you will need to pay your own social security charges (insurance, pension etc.). If you don’t teach any classes you will not have any cash inflow, but the basic costs will still be present. When you go on vacation you will not have paid leave. Therefore, you will need to plan … Each day will be different, some days you will have 10 students in your class, but other days you will have only 2. Sometimes your class may be cancelled because you will have no students showing up.

Your monthly income will depend on your hourly rate. The minimum hourly rate should be around 30€-35€, regardless of how many students you have in class. You are free to set your price based on group classes, private classes, and at home classes.

Check the rates usual in the area where you wish to exercise, so you can adapt to the “market”.

As an example, when you get 100 €, you will keep 40 € after deduction of all costs.


Don’t forget to calculate your running costs. For example, if you work in a cultural centre, your running costs will be very low (you will only have travel expenses). If you exercise in your own space, you will have more operating costs (heating, water, rental fee, electricity, toilet paper, carpets, cleaning fee, etc.). Good management is absolutely necessary.

Do not be afraid of the bureaucratic aspect, once organized; it is a genuine area of ​​freedom.

Fees for group classes (1h30)

2014 Test Class 10 class card/group Yoga mat rental
Paris 25€ 200€ 2€
Brussels 20€ 130€ Free
Province Free or 5 € 100€ Free

 Yoga Teacher salary

The salary of a beginning yoga teacher (as an employee) is based on the guaranteed minimum wage; add 20% for the transport costs.

How to determine commute/travel expenses

The price will depend on the means of transport :

  • Public transport: cost of transport tickets, keep them carefully
  • Bicycle: purchase of the bicycle, depreciation, and tire wear, maintenance costs, …
  • Motorbike: purchase of the motorbike, depreciation costs, tire wear, maintenance, insurance, …
  • Car: purchase of the car, depreciation, tire wear, maintenance cost, insurance, …
  • Don’t forget to count travel time …

The tax services issue information about acceptable transport costs, etc.