It’s a stark reality that most yoga teachers are sole operators often practicing, teaching, and facing immense challenges . . . alone. One of the big realizations in working with the members of the Art of Teaching course is how few of us receive mentoring, supervision or ongoing collegial support or peer review. I know from my own experience of formal teacher training that upon completion it was basically “Good luck!”, which meant facing many daunting early years of teaching.
A few months ago, I decided to work with Lucy Karnani, a yoga teacher, therapist, and consultant who offers mentoring. At the ripe age of 62 it was a revelation to get specific, targeted help on how to offer better facilitation when teaching through zoom. Our mentoring sessions have been incredibly helpful and have made a huge difference in boosting my knowledge and confidence when teaching through this difficult medium. Looking back, it would have been life-altering to have this kind of assistance when I began teaching. While student evaluation may tell us what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right, student evaluation rarely gives us insights into how we need to change or what skills we may need to augment to improve our teaching. Receiving ongoing mentoring and supervision is important for beginning teachers but it’s also just as important for experienced teachers.
As our first AOT cohort comes to an end and our second cohort is just beginning, we are recognizing that offering post-course assistance is crucial. That’s why we’ve created a list of mentors that we can heartedly recommend.
You can visit the mentor’s page here.
While the next Art of Teaching course does not begin until May 2022, we have some wonderful teacher’s support courses in the pipeline and an exciting livestream schedule beginning in early 2022 that will make it easier to take a regular class with myself or a senior associate. We’ll have that information to you soon.
In the meantime, if you’re feeling like mentoring and/or supervision could be your next step, do visit these gifted consultants to find out more.