Francesca Cervero is a full-time yoga teacher and yoga teacher's mentor. She has been teaching yoga in New York City and Washington, DC since 2005 and the foundation of her teaching practice comes from OM Yoga Center’s style of alignment-based vinyasa. Her teaching is also inspired by the years she spent in physical therapy, a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics, and her love of Buddhist teachings.
Francesca believes that introducing more people to the deeply healing benefits of yoga has the power to completely transform our world and the best way to get more people practicing (mindful, therapeutic) yoga is to raise the bar of professionalism for yoga teachers. She hopes that yoga teaching can be a career path that is respected and allows for sustainable income. She believes that the responsibility is on us as teachers to be worthy of, and demand such respect. It is for this reason she has maintained a thriving business teaching 15 private yoga clients a week and added a full practice teaching and mentoring yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™.
Here is the plan for The Mentor Sessions: Support + Strategy for Yoga Teachers--->
Making the deeply healing benefits of yoga and its sister practices more accessible has the power to transform the world we live in. An important part of making smart, mindful, therapeutic yoga more widely available is for all of us to continue to deepen and evolve as teachers.
I believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry and relationship, not from collecting information from gurus.
I want the yoga world to have higher standards for quality teaching AND better support networks for teachers, and I want this podcast to be at the forefront of those discussions.
I’m here to offer nourishing support to help you feel more confident in your teaching and realistic strategy to help you find more clarity on your career path.
76: I Opened A Virtual Studio!
I am so excited to announce that my virtual yoga studio Stillness + Movement is officially open! This episode will take a deep dive into how I ended up creating a virtual yoga studio (it was kind of accidental!), what is so different about the way we teach, and how I recommend teachers listening set up something similar much more cheaply than the custom registration platform I had built!
75: Where Do We Go From Here? with Amber Karnes + Susanna Barkataki
This is the fifth and final episode in the series, for now, and I can’t wait for you to hear it! Susanna Barkataki and Amber Karnes are some of my most treasured yoga friends, and just talking to them lifted my spirits. The work they are both doing in the world is vitally important and they do it with such clarity and compassion. They inspire me and I know you’ll feel the same way!
74: Where Do We Go From Here? with Theo Wildcroft + Matthew Remski
This is the fourth episode in the Where Do We Go From Here? series here on the podcast and in this episode my guests and I acknowledge some of the particular challenges American yoga teachers are facing in the midst of COVID-19 and our country’s semi-shutdown. We talk about the future of brick and mortar yoga studios, the challenges of teaching online, the difference between performing and teaching and creative ways YTT’s are pivoting and the new accessibility that offers.
73: Where Do We Go From Here? with Jules Mitchell + Arundhati Baitmangalkar
So I’m very excited to bring you the third episode in the Where Do We Go From Here? series here on The Mentor Sessions. In this episode, you’ll hear Jules Mitchell, Arundhati Baitmangalkar and I get really honest about what these last six months have been like for us, and our best guess about what our work might look like a year from now.
72: Where Do We Go From Here? With Crystal McCreary + Monica Bright
If everything is going to change, what matters most? If we are never going back to the old way of doing things, what do I want to create in the new world?
Today my guests are Crystal McCreary and Monica Bright and I can’t wait for you to absorb their wisdom and insight!
In this episode you’ll hear, how Monica and Crystal made quick pivots in their teaching practice this spring, the big changes they both think we will see in the yoga world next year, and so much more.
71: Where Do We Go From Here? With Jesal Parikh + Bryn Chrisman
So much has changed in our world in the last several months, and the yoga world has been forced to pull in and take a pause.
If everything is going to change, what matters most?
If we are never going back to the old way of doing things, what do we want to create in the new world?
These are questions I have been asking myself, and I’m so excited to introduce this new series here on The Mentor Sessions called, Where Do We Go From Here? My first two guests are Jesal Parikh and Bryn Chrisman.