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™.
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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.
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.
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.
95: How To Use Fascial Slings and Whole Body Cueing In Your Teaching (PLUS: The Biopsychosocial Model!) with Kearsten Lyon
Kearsten Lyon (she/her) is the founder and owner of an extended health care clinic called Total Movement Therapy based in Toronto, ON and sees clients virtually all over the world. Kearsten has been working and teaching within the Pilates and Rehabilitation Therapy industry since 2011. She utilizes a unique blend of Pilates, The Oov, Franklin Method, Movement for Trauma, traditional strength and conditioning exercises.
94: What Compelling Marketing Looks Like with Mado Hesselink
I often feel like marketing is hard, and the things the “experts” tell us to do are slimy and also don’t work. You feel me?
After teaching yoga for ten years, Mado Hesselink (she/they) met their fairy godmother business coach. She appeared in their life just long enough to plant the seeds that good business and good yoga can co-exist.
Mado nurtured those seeds by studying all things business, marketing, and productivity and to her surprise found a new passion,
93: Teaching Kids Yoga Has Lessons For Us All with Crystal McCreary
Teaching yoga to kids has the potential to be incredibly impactful for kids and their communities, but there are many challenges that arise when we try to take the deep and meaningful teachings of yoga and make them developmentally appropriate without losing the heart of the teachings!
Crystal McCreary (she/her) is a yoga, mindfulness, and health educator, actor, speaker, and writer. And even if you don’t teach kids yoga, I think you will get SO MUCH out of listening to this conversation.
92: Planning And Progress In Private Lessons (Q+A!)
Teaching yoga in 1x1 settings is such a wonderful way to inspire and support meaningful change in our student’s lives. Teaching yoga one-on-one requires a different skill set than teaching group classes, and these unique skills are left out of most teacher trainings. In this podcast episode, I’ll share the simple framework I use to teach private lessons.
I’ve learned so much and you have great topics and guest speakers! Thank you!
I really enjoy these podcasts because I can learn a lot in a short talk or interview. I don’t like it when podcasters go off on tangents or talk over the guest speaker. Francesca is concise and courteous with her guests, and I always feel inspired.
Francesca is a really intelligent interviewer and her guests have excellent info and insight for yoga and movement teachers