100 episodes

This podcast is for yoga teachers and explores the craft of teaching yoga, as its own practice. We love asking questions about why we teach something the way we do, how we could be more expansive and inclusive in our teaching, and how we can continue to grow and evolve in our teaching practice. Occasionally we veer into other topics that affect the yoga teaching profession more broadly like marketing, unionizing and vaccines.

We believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry and relationship. We want the yoga world to have higher standards for quality teaching AND better support networks for teachers, and we want this podcast to be at the forefront of those discussions.

We are here to offer you nourishing support to help you feel more confident in your teaching and realistic strategy to help you find more clarity on your career path.

Francesca Cervero (she/her) 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 maintains a thriving business teaching 15 private yoga clients a week, offers group classes as her virtual yoga studio Stillness + Movement and hosts the adjoining community to this podcast, The Mentor Sessions Sangha. Connect with Francesca at 15sequences.com

The Mentor Sessions Francesca Cervero

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

This podcast is for yoga teachers and explores the craft of teaching yoga, as its own practice. We love asking questions about why we teach something the way we do, how we could be more expansive and inclusive in our teaching, and how we can continue to grow and evolve in our teaching practice. Occasionally we veer into other topics that affect the yoga teaching profession more broadly like marketing, unionizing and vaccines.

We believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry and relationship. We want the yoga world to have higher standards for quality teaching AND better support networks for teachers, and we want this podcast to be at the forefront of those discussions.

We are here to offer you nourishing support to help you feel more confident in your teaching and realistic strategy to help you find more clarity on your career path.

Francesca Cervero (she/her) 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 maintains a thriving business teaching 15 private yoga clients a week, offers group classes as her virtual yoga studio Stillness + Movement and hosts the adjoining community to this podcast, The Mentor Sessions Sangha. Connect with Francesca at 15sequences.com

    An Important Announcement + A Request

    An Important Announcement + A Request

    I'm excited to share this quick bonus + important announcement episode with you. In the episode, I share the updated description of the podcast, why I'm releasing one episode per month starting now, and how important reviews are. (And did I mention a really important announcement?!)

    Each & every review counts! Thank you so much!

    • 10 min
    100: What Good Quality Teaching Looks Like with Dr. Janna Dresden + Dr. Ronald Cervero

    100: What Good Quality Teaching Looks Like with Dr. Janna Dresden + Dr. Ronald Cervero

    Today is our 100th episode and to celebrate we have two very special guests! Joining us on the podcast are two nationally renowned professors who are experts in online learning and teacher education, and... they also happen to be my parents!

    I am very interested in studying the craft of teaching yoga. I love asking questions about why we teach something the way we do, how we could be more expansive and inclusive in our teaching, and how we can continue to grow and evolve in our teaching practice.

    • 44 min
    99: A Collaborative Yoga Membership Model with Catherine la O'

    99: A Collaborative Yoga Membership Model with Catherine la O'

    If you have thought about creating an online class library, or a membership model for your live classes, I think today’s podcast episode with Catherine la O’ will be inspiring for you! Catherine is a long time yoga teacher, who despite not feeling very tech savvy, decided to set up a membership and online class library for her students in the summer of 2020.

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    98: Trauma-Conscious Yoga Is A Philosophy, Not A Specialty Class with Hannah Davis

    98: Trauma-Conscious Yoga Is A Philosophy, Not A Specialty Class with Hannah Davis

    When you think of teaching a trauma-informed yoga class, what comes to mind? Do you think of teaching a special class for a specific population, like veterans recovering from PTSD or survivors of abuse in a shelter? Those are populations that certainly benefit from a very well trained and thoughtfully trauma-conscious teacher. I’m thrilled today to introduce you to yoga teacher, social worker and trauma-informed yoga expert Hannah Davis!

    • 59 min
    97: Masks, Vaccines + Polarization In The Yoga Community with Wolf Terry

    97: Masks, Vaccines + Polarization In The Yoga Community with Wolf Terry

    My guest today is Wolf Terry (she/her), a retired e-ryt and a contributing writer for Yoga Journal. Before walking away from the seat of the teacher, Wolf had taught over 2000 hours of classes, teacher trainings, and workshops, while answering letters for her former Yoga Journal advice column, Wolf Wisdom. Wolf is now a full-time writer, writing coach, social justice, mental health, and public health activist. She is originally from Maine, but now resides in Colorado with her husband and son.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    96: The "BEST" way to teach twisting movements!

    96: The "BEST" way to teach twisting movements!

    What kind of rules have you been taught about the safest way to twist? What do you teach your students about the best way to rotate through the spine? Today we are taking a deep dive into these questions and I couldn’t be more excited!

    Your fellow teacher and podcast listener Madison Houck joins us today to unpack this conversation, as it was inspired by a really interesting private lesson Madison and I had.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Nuno Namaste ,

So informative, varied and great :)

Thank you so much for these sessions Francesca, the wealth of information and the variety of knowledge is so refreshing and eye opening.
Obrigado :)

aimee yoga ,

Such a great resource for teachers

Brilliant conversations with some really important people in the yoga world. This is my favourite podcast aimed at yoga teachers and recommend to my teacher friends a lot.

Anon mimi ,

Interesting | Informative | Relevant

This podcast is really varied. There is something for everyone.
What I really appreciate about it is that a variety of viewpoints are presented in a non-judgemental way. This is more important than ever. The listener is exposed to opposing views and encouraged to think for themselves. Because not one thing is better than other (for the most part), we need to appreciate a variety of points of view and understanding why some of them trigger a negative response.
It is exactly what Francesca says on the tin: it will challenge views! And in doing so I feel I am becoming more tolerant and understanding.
Thank you!

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