Yoga is relationship, and the student-teacher relationship is an honor to cultivate and protect. Mentorship is the key to ensuring the development and uprightness of our teachings.
Teacher training in the west often skips one of the most essential parts of the yogic process: the recognition that yoga is an experiential philosophy, a path which does not end at 200 hours. As a teacher in certification programs, I have watched students who after their training program have no support for the questions that continue to evolve and appear once they have entered the true work of teaching yoga to real people. The foundation for a strong and enduring life as a teacher is the path of the acharya: one who is on the evolving, life-long path of yoga, and who is supported by a consistent relationship with a teacher. Mentorship is the opportunity to build a life as a teacher which is grounded in reflection, curiosity, and ethical accountability.
Guidance for mentorship
As Desikachar said, the two things required of a teacher are that we do our practice and we care about people. Our work together in mentorship is grounded in the ethical precepts of the Yoga Sutras: ahimsa (non-violence), satya (honesty), asteya (not stealing), brahmacharya (moderation in our actions), and aparigraha (non-greed). The deep exploration of these concepts in our teaching and our life illuminate the student-teacher relationship, the areas where we can be more thoughtful and effective, and how to develop those relationships over time. Our work is also guided by the method of Krishnamacharya's teachings, which emphasizes how to individualize practice for our students to help them go deeper, address imbalance, and consistently evolve practice.
How it works
This one-on-one mentorship program begins with a 3 or 6 month commitment, with bi-monthly meetings, opportunities to observe each other teach, contemplative assignments and deeper study suggestions, and time to discuss and question together. After the initial, more intensive commitment, mentorship evolves into an ongoing, fluid relationship for as long as it serves the student. This could mean a check-in every few months, or just knowing that there is someone there for you when you have questions or concerns as a teacher.
3 month intensive = $525
6 month intensive = $900
After initial intensive, we transition to regular private session rate