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The Advantages of Mentorship Part II – Strategies for Starting and Maintaining

As I see it, and which I have observed from direct experience, those small efforts can be more than well worth it. As fellow teachers, I would love to hear your suggestions pertaining to, challenges with, and other thoughts related to “supervision”/mentorship in yoga instruction – so please feel free to post your responses below. Thank you for reading and sharing, and let’s keep the invaluable discussion going – for ourselves and for those whom we serve with our instruction! Namaste!

The Advantages of Mentorship Part I – Seeking and Offering Guidance and Support

In addition to being an E-RYT, I am also in graduate school for Dance/Movement Therapy. In the field, consistent supervision with a qualified professional is not only advised - it is most often required to practice. Guidance from another wise individual is not a foreign concept in yoga, as I am sure you as a qualified teacher are aware; swamis and gurus handed down the practice to those eager to learn from them, resulting in yoga surviving to be the practice we know it as today.

Yoga Studio Harassment Prevention

By Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500 Like any other workplace, it is important for yoga teachers to stay up-to-date on harassment prevention, whether it is physical, sexual, verbal, or another form of harassment. With recent headlines seeming to indicate that harassment in the studio is on the rise, it's especially imperative that instructors take steps to [...]

Secrets of Successful Yoga Teachers

Advertising is bad? How will people know I teach, if I keep it a secret? I've heard it all and the best one was a yoga diva who preached to us about why creating a celebrity presence was wrong. I paid $500 to hear that lecture! No, somebody else paid for me to go. By the way, she has a few dozen DVDs on the market, books, and a huge studio with money rolling onto the sidewalk. So, what do you do if you don't have the celebrity status of a diva? Most yoga instructors just want enough to get by, but I ask you to think a little bigger and stop listening to pessimists.

How Do Yoga Teachers Get Jobs

The purpose of the cover letter is to briefly introduce yourself so that prospective employers will look at your resume. After they look at your resume, they may decide to call you in for an interview. After the interview, you should send them the thank you letter for inviting you to the interview. These three documents should be generic in nature; they should be templates that outline the ideas that you wish to communicate. Then, when you need to deploy them, customize them to fit your particular job application.

What to Expect as a Yoga Instructor

One of the expectations of being a yoga instructor is that you should be an avid public speaker. The career does not necessarily require you to take to the podium and articulate about some mantra, ideology or rhetoric, but public speaking traits are a major aspect of any teaching career. This attribute is particularly important when you are teaching corporate yoga. If you are to rise above ranks and get to the level of teaching corporate yoga you need to equip yourself with good language skills and the essentials of effective communication.

Yoga Training and Taming the Ego

In western culture, the egalitarianism, democratic ideals and Socratic dialogue makes the idea of shared privileges the norm. Student selection is not based on merit or attitude but merely the ability to pay the requisite fees to attend a session. This may give students a sense of entitlement since they are paying. If the teacher fails to measure up, then their yoga business may close down.

Yoga Teacher Education as a Spiritual Quest

The most important qualification for a student is proper attitude — specifically a passion for enhancing and deepening the spiritual journey by practicing a healthy lifestyle. This attitude should reflect a deep respect for a tradition that arose centuries ago to refine mind, body, and spirit. Someone who enrolls in a yoga-teaching course should be inspired to aspire for deeper spiritual understanding about the nature of life.

Rules for Yoga Instructors Who Teach Corporate Classes

Company policies and attitudes toward Yoga vary from one corporation to the next. Discussing issues like insurance, waivers, and etiquette prior to preparing for a new class clarifies everyone’s goals and attitudes. Establishing guidelines and giving written copies to students before or during the first class helps to avoid confusion and awkward situations down the road.