Like yoga adjustments, receiving mentoring is not about “doing it right,” but being in alignment with what you offer, in this case, as a teacher. For new teachers, this is a process to receive personalized attention, clarify the journey ahead, and find new levels of confidence. For experienced teachers, this program serves as a mirror. We developed a structured methodology to identify blind spots, revitalize energetic stagnation, and meaningfully connect you to the joy of teaching.
Week 1 - Sankalpa
Following an opening ceremony, the group reviews ground rules for constructive critique and compassionate communication. Teachers are lead through a guided meditation to investigate which personal values are most important to bring to teaching, followed by journaling, sharing, and further investigating these values in pairs. The session includes a fundamental review of hands on assists. Over the course of the following week, participants will record their own classes, complete a self-review, and submit both the recording and self-review to the mentors. If the participant does not have a regularly scheduled class, BBY will provide space for a public class. Please note that this class will be advertised online as “Blossoming Teacher” and no compensation is provided.
Week 2 - Moving into Grace
Teachers will share their reflections in pairs and with the group. By this time, mentors will have listened to class recordings and provide specific feedback. We will review gracefully adjusting during flow sequences as a way to connect with students using your body and voice simultaneously.
Week 3 - Fully in Resonance
We examine what qualities make a yoga class meaningful, charismatic, and at times, evocative. Teachers will learn techniques for invoking different elements of voice and energy.
Week 4 - Stringing the Mala
Teachers explore the lyrical qualities of a flow sequence and tap into the creative energy needed to keep both you and your students engaged. This provides the framework for stoking your own creativity, rather than a dissemination of wrot sequences.
Week Off (Easter Sunday)
Week 5 - Sharing your Story; On and Off the Mat
A teaching biography is a powerful tool for communicating who you are to both potential and existing students. It creates more opportunity for connection and healing. In addition to learning how to tell your story through text, we will explore how to thematically weave philosophical concepts into your class.
Week 6 - Integration
The final gathering is a celebration of growth and accomplishment. It is also a structured time to review any final areas of refinement, as determined by both mentors and teachers.
The all inclusive investment for the program is $695 AUD, which includes all materials, three class reviews from your mentors, and 15 classes at Beyondbeing (a $285 value). This does not provide a recognized certification but does count towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Requirements. Above all, it is an investment in your craft and in yourself. Space is limited, and you can secure yours with a $200 deposit.
About Your Mentors
Hayley Schmidt is one of Western Australia’s most eminent vinyasa yoga teachers with nearly a decade of teaching experience. She is well known for dynamic sequencing that integrates philosophy and alignment of both the subtle and gross bodies, her charismatic delivery, and inspiring rhetoric.
Eric Schwarz, E-RYT-500, before coming to Perth, lead numerous teacher trainings and mentoring cohorts in the United States. He thematically organizes his classes around relatable concepts to improve the quality of students’ relationships with themselves and others. His hands-on teaching style is nurturing, empowering, and thought-provoking.
For quality assurance we are limiting the group size, so register early. And remember, to receive the early bird rate you must pay in full by Friday, January 5th. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are both very excited to support you on your journey.