70 episodes

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.

The Mentor Sessions Francesca Cervero

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    • 4.9, 106 Ratings

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.

    70: Yoga, Human Rights, and Accessibility with Jivana Heyman

    70: Yoga, Human Rights, and Accessibility with Jivana Heyman

    I’m really grateful to bring you this interview with Jivana Heyman, the founder, and director of Accessible Yoga because his voice and leadership is SO needed right now. Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the Accessible Yoga organization was created to support education, training, and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    69: Teaching Yoga Online

    69: Teaching Yoga Online

    These are intense, unprecedented times. I know so much about your day to day life has changed in the last few weeks. As yoga teachers, our work has become quite challenging. But if you (and your students) have a computer and an internet connection, it is possible to stay connected with your students, continue to teach and continue to make money if your family depends on your yoga teaching income like mine does.

    • 50 min
    68: Teaching Yoga in Corporate Settings with Samantha Harrison

    68: Teaching Yoga in Corporate Settings with Samantha Harrison

    Teaching yoga classes in workplaces can be a great way to bring yoga to a population who otherwise might not have access to it, AND an awesome way to create well-paying teaching opportunities for ourselves.

    Samantha Harrison teaches alignment-based vinyasa and gentle yoga in Greenville, North Carolina, and has been able to fully support her whole family (kids too!) teaching corporate and private yoga clients.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    67: Evolving as a Yoga Teacher- A Live Mentoring Session

    67: Evolving as a Yoga Teacher- A Live Mentoring Session

    Today you’re going to hear a live, unedited 1x1 mentoring session! While the questions we ponder might seem small, I have seen, again and again, how holding space for teachers to think critically about their teaching can have a significant impact. Supporting teachers in being in compassionate inquiry about their teaching practice transforms not just their teaching, but their careers and their lives.

    • 59 min
    66: An Intro to Low Back Pain with Jesal Parikh

    66: An Intro to Low Back Pain with Jesal Parikh

    Back pain is complex and many students end up in yoga classes because they heard it would be good for their "bad back" so I’m super excited to share the wisdom of my friend Jesal Parikh with you today.

    Jesal has been teaching yoga since 2010, is the co-creator of the Yoga is Dead podcast and serves as a volunteer for World Spine Care Yoga Project. She has a strong background in anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics for yoga teachers and teaches these topics in several yoga teacher trainings.

    • 59 min
    65: Marketing for Yoga Teachers with Nikki Naab-Levy

    65: Marketing for Yoga Teachers with Nikki Naab-Levy

    What do you think of when you hear the word “marketing”? Does it make you think of sleazy sales tactics? Or does it remind you of all the things you think you are supposed to be doing, like social media and email lists, and make you feel immediately overwhelmed? Whichever camp you fall into, this episode has something for you! Y'all have been asking me to talk about marketing for yoga teachers for YEARS, and I have resisted until now.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

hannahtopper ,

A gem for lovers of thoughtful movement

The Mentor Sessions sparks self-exploration, inquiry, and accountability in my commitment to continue to evolve as a student and teacher of yoga. Francesca has a beautiful and clear style of speech and communication, and truly invites listeners to take a critical look at how we as a community of teachers can serve each other and our students in a safe and effective way.

Ocean's mama ,

Mentor Sessions lives up to its name

I feel nurtured, seen, heard, supported and guided by Francesca’s podcast; as well as her online classes, newsletter, blog and Facebook group. She really pulls out all the stops to support teachers. Especially if you want to be a great private yoga teacher, listen to all the episodes!

Aubree Dahlia ,

A must have!

Francesca has helped my practice and my students practice for years. A must listen if you’re beginning your private yoga sessions journey!

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