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The Mentor Sessions | Support Strategy for Yoga Teachers

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08: The Case for Teaching Without Demonstrating

When you teach yoga classes {group or private} how much are you demonstrating poses? If you have been hanging out in my world for a while you may know that I mostly advocate for a style of teaching that relies on language to convey important information, including subtle movements, instead of relying on the use of our body to teach. Do I think demonstrating a physical concept is always bad? Of course not! Are there sometimes totally valid reasons to use your own body, or another...

Duration: 00:29:52

07: Anatomy Informed Yoga with Guest Teacher Dr. Ariele Foster

Anatomy studies can be a powerful tool in the yoga teacher’s utility belt, but I know many of us don’t know where to start or how to apply it to a teaching practice. There is so much to learn and it can feel overwhelming! Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Dr. Ariele Foster, a yoga instructor for 16 years and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Foster is passionate about making yoga anatomy accessible to everyone, which is why she started the Yoga Anatomy Academy. Ariele’s deep...

Duration: 00:50:15

06: How To Teach Better Private Yoga Lessons

In our initial yoga teacher trainings we learn how to teach safe and effective group classes, but what do we do when only one person shows up to class?? Or how do we teach a new student who requests a 1x1 lesson? The truth is, teaching yoga in a 1×1 setting in a way that is both accessible and meaningful for the student AND sustainable for you, the teacher, requires a unique skill set that is not taught in regular yoga teacher trainings Luckily, there is a simple set of tools that,...

Duration: 00:36:39

05: Mindful Strength with Guest Teacher Kathryn Bruni-Young

Kathryn Bruni-Young is the founder of the Mindful Strength method of teaching and one of my favorite teaching inspirations. Kathryn has been teaching for 11 years, and while her roots are in traditional yoga practices and teaching, more recently she has become a proponent of incorporating strength training into her movement practice. She also wants to empower and equip teachers to begin to move into more strength training in a way that feels authentic and refreshing. I am so excited for...

Duration: 00:45:36

04: How To Deal With Schedule Drama And Chronic Re-Schedulers

Do you have Schedule Drama? I certainly do sometimes! As yoga teachers most of us are freelancers, which means we run our own small business whether we realize it or not. We piece together a teaching schedule and a business and a life one random class at a time. If you feel like your schedule is overwhelming or disorganized or changing all the time, I’ll tell ya…I think most of us feel like that. There is a cyclical nature to this work, so there are busy seasons and slow seasons, and...

Duration: 00:41:22

01: Introducing the Mentor Sessions: A Conversation with Francesca Cervero + Rachael Cook

Hello and welcome to The Mentor Sessions! I’m your host, Francesca Cervero and I’m here to offer my fellow yoga teachers two things: Nourishingsupportto help you feel more confident in your teachingRealisticstrategyto help you find more clarity on your career path I am excited today to be interviewed by my friend and business coach, Rachel Cook. Rachel is the founder of, and she was instrumental in helping my teaching practice grow into what it is today. I cannot think of...

Duration: 00:48:52

03: Yoga Deconstructed with Guest Teacher Trina Altman

Welcome back, everyone! Today, I am excited to bring to you the wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm of my friend Trina Altman. Trina is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor who is passionate about varied movement. Rather than rigidly adhering to one school of movement, Trina was unable to unlock the potential of her own body by combining the tenets of both Yoga and Pilates, and she brings an embodied and wise awareness to movement of all kinds. She has taken her years of experience and...

Duration: 00:53:07

02: No Right & No Wrong? Why Teaching Yoga Is So Scary!

Welcome to the second episode of The Mentor Sessions Podcast. Today’s show is going to address why teaching yoga can feel so scary. {!!} As a teacher, it can often feel like there is a great deal of pressure to know everything. And while in-depth study is incredibly important, I also want to release you from some of the know everything pressure that can make it impossible to be present for your teaching. I will share some of my own experiences and guiding principles so that you might go...

Duration: 00:25:08