Teacher Mentor Program

Sunrise Yoga

Circle Yoga's Teacher Mentor Program is designed for those who have completed at least a 200-hour certification in yoga teaching. Whether you are a newly certified teacher or have been teaching for years, you will benefit from the guidance of senior yoga teachers as you navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with teaching. Mentors provide one-on-one support to help you reach your individual teaching goals.


How It Works

The Teacher Mentor Program is flexible and designed to suit each participant's specific needs and schedule. Here's how it works:

  • Enroll for a block of 6 hours of mentor time for $600.
  • Use these hours any time you choose over the course of 12 months (from when you enroll).
  • Sessions can last from 15 minutes up to a few hours.
  • You can choose to work with one mentor exclusively or several mentors. The one requirement is that you spend a minimum of one hour total with each mentor you choose to work with over the course of the year.
  • Check in by email, over the phone / web chat, or in person at the studio or wherever it’s convenient.
  • If you would like to continue with your mentor(s), you can re-enroll for a new 6-hour block whenever you choose.

Here are a few examples of how you might use your mentor sessions:

By phone, you might:

  • Consult about classroom management or studio politics
  • Talk through what language to use in teaching (e.g. how to offer modifications for a particular student without slowing down or confusing the rest of the class)
  • Ask for tips on teaching preparation, energy management, etc

By email, you might:

  • Request input on your website, resume, or job applications
  • Float ideas for blog posts
  • Get feedback on a sequence

In person (at Circle Yoga or off-site), you might:

  • Work on alignment habits so the demands of teaching don’t wear on your body
  • Run through an audition class
  • Talk about the intersection between your own spiritual / meditation practice and your teaching
  • Find inspiration for your own voice and style

Community Class

Beginning in February, participants in the Teacher Mentor Program will get first priority to teach a new Community Class at Circle Yoga, every other Friday, 6:00-7:00pm. You can volunteer teach the Community Class just for practice without using any of your mentor session time, or you can invite a mentor to attend and offer feedback.


Mentors

All of our mentor teachers have extensive training and several years of experience teaching in a variety of settings. Our collective knowledge can help you take your teaching practice in any direction you want to go. Each teacher's specialties are listed with their names below:

Annie Carlin Olle
Teaching supportive yoga for larger bodies
Creative use of props and modifications
Prenatal
Not available for Friday Community Class observations

Yael Flusberg
Yin yoga
Energetic anatomy
Therapeutics
Yoga nidra
Resilience/nervous system

Bonnie Foote
Sequencing (Hatha style, with a focus on healthy alignment)
Chair yoga
Yoga for a Healthy Back
Preparing for job interviews / auditions
Prose editing (web sites, blogs, articles, job applications)
Classroom management / ethics
Living your yoga

Eduardo Guedez
Beyond the 90 minute class: crafting workshops and retreats
The Irreplaceable Yoga Teacher: How to stand out in a saturated market
Pranayama, Bandhas, and Inner Radiance
Meditating, Envisioning and Manifesting
Yoga Philosophy – Wisdom and Essential Life Skills
Ways to Theme a Yoga Class
Smart Approaches to Sequencing

Alex Phelan
Anatomy, biomechanics and alignment
Strategic sequencing for mixed populations
Deconstruction of the mechanics of asanas
Creative and exploratory movement
Making yoga (poses) accessible to those working with injuries and conditions
Restorative yoga

Mercedes Santos
Teaching yoga to seniors/older adults
Basic therapeutic interventions and modifications for group classes
Yoga for athletes - benefits and approaches
Sequencing, pacing and variety for group classes

Alice Wylie
Sequencing (Vinyasa flow)
Teaching private sessions
Adjusting the level of a class according to who is in the room


Frequently Asked Questions

How do mentor sessions differ from just scheduling a private session with a teacher?

Mentor sessions are discounted from the regular private session rate for all of our senior teachers. Topically, they are geared toward providing support for building skills in your teaching practice. If you would like help with developing your teaching voice or use of language, sequencing, demonstrating and observing, the business of yoga or how to break down the mechanics of a given asana in different bodies, it would fall under this program. If you are interested in polishing a pose or exploring a practice just for use in your own personal practice it would fall under the category of a regular private session.

Can I work with more than one mentor?

Yes! You are welcome to schedule time with any of the mentors in the program. You must, however, meet with an individual mentor for a minimum of one hour over the course of the year. It is up to you whether you want to split that hour up into smaller increments or do it in one shot.

I want more than six hours. Can I enroll in the Teacher Mentor Program more than once?

Absolutely. The Program is iterative, so you may find that it serves you for more than one block of six hours. There is no limit to how many times you can enroll to work with the mentors; we are here to provide ongoing support as you navigate the challenges of teaching.

How long do I have to use my six hours?

Your mentor sessions expire 1 year from the date of purchase.

Do I have to have a teacher training certification from Circle Yoga to enroll?

No. Anyone with a 200-hour teaching certification from any training program is welcome to enroll in the Teacher Mentor Program.