November 20, 2018

Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program

After graduating a Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, many graduates look for positions only to find that most places want experienced yoga teachers or find that there are limited options available.

As a yoga teacher, I get it. I happened to be at the right place at the right time to teach my one class a week for my first year instructing. I was pretty darn lucky to get a job. I really didn’t understand how the yoga industry worked. I didn’t know what I should be paid or how to create a community with my students. My teacher training program was done overseas so I didn’t have a connection to guidance locally.

Now as a business owner myself, I understand the challenges studio owners face. I get why studios only want to hire from their own teacher training program.  They want confident teachers who can sequence classes and help their clients feel welcome and safe. They need instructors that understand the logistics of a yoga business, how to grow their classes, and how to help create community. That typically only comes to teachers once they have found their voice and have the fundamentals of teaching to be able to jump in and teach any type of class……which of course is hard to do without experience.

To bridge the gap, I started mentorships within our studio space in Florida. I found most teachers were inadequately prepared, through no fault of their own, to actually teach a yoga class much less run a business. Many instructors did not know how to sequence their own classes, adjust postures to students abilities, or read a room. The business of yoga was barely touched on. While many prospective teachers learned about yoga, there was a lack of experience or education specifically related to teaching yoga classes.

About the Program


Our yoga teacher mentorship program is an 8-week program between Mindful Yoga Chicago and recent yoga teacher training graduates.

Each week, the instructor will take 2 classes with Mindful Yoga Chicago to participate and observe. They will have the opportunity to ask questions related to the business of yoga, sequencing classes, asana, essential oils, relaxation techniques, and community building. Additionally, they will meet with a senior yoga instructor online or in person for 30 minutes to develop solid classes that are well rounded, make sense, and that they can feel confident teaching as well as practical business advice for working within the yoga industry.

Upon approval of the senior yoga instructor, mentees may have the opportunity to co-teach classes or receive feedback on community classes.

What’s Included in the Mentorship


This mentorship includes the following:

  • Access to Mindful Yoga Chicago community classes.
  • 8 weeks of mentorship of training including shadowing 2 weekly classes and a 30-minute coaching session with a senior yoga teacher.
  • Essential oil starter kit and wholesale membership discount.
  • Upon approval, the opportunity to co-teach classes.
  • Compassionate feedback on community classes.
  • Upon successful completion* of the program mentees will receive 25 hours worth of Yoga Alliance CE credit.
  • Ability to join our 300 Hour Yoga Alliance training without the 200 Hour MYC training requirement or taking the online courses.

Candidates


This program is ideal for:

  • Recent yoga teacher training graduates who did not learn how to sequence their own classes.
  • Yoga teachers who have not taught since their yoga teacher training.
  • YTT graduates who did not learn how to adapt postures to a variety of different body types and abilities.
  • Part-time instructors considering making the leap into teaching yoga as a career.

Cost and Dates


Our Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program is an application based process and only limited spots are available based on our current loads and schedules.

Cost: $299

Dates: January 2019 – February 2019

Application Process


Prospective mentees must apply online for the mentorship. We will review your resume and make sure that the time commitment works. Upon confirmation, mentees will be sent an invoice for the training. Their spot is not secured until payment is paid.


*Successful completion means attending all sessions and submitting the sequencing worksheets.

 

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