130 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
    • 4.9 • 147 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

    128: Neurology Is The Missing Link In Movement Education with Missy Bunch

    128: Neurology Is The Missing Link In Movement Education with Missy Bunch

    The brain and the nervous system play a HUGE role in how we integrate sensory information, experience pain and create movement patterns but this topic is not often covered in foundational yoga teacher trainings. That is why I’m so excited to introduce you to Missy Bunch (she/her), a multi-certified movement therapist who has been educating and coaching for over 14 years.
    As a young professional dancer, she battled many injuries over her career and one day she found someone who studied neurology (the study of the brain and nervous system). After one session with this person, her 4-year knee pain was completely gone. She knew she wanted to teach this approach to the world.
    The importance of brain function and using the nervous system to rapidly “debug” movement patterns, decrease pain and increase performance, has led her to teach and create lightning-fast improvements with people from all walks of life. Her specialties include injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, joint mobility and decreasing pain, holistically. 

    In this episode you’ll hear:
    a deep dive into assessments including how to cue them and what are we looking for when we reassess
    what it mean to move into a shape “reflexively”
    how can we work with the brain to decrease pain
    the role of the nervous system in integrating inputs and creating motor output
    all about the opposing joint theory and how to use it with 1x1 students
    an overview of cranial nerves and how and why to stimulate them
    Resources Mentioned:
    Missy’s website
    Missy on Instagram
    The Science of the Private Lesson
    The Mentor Sessions Sangha

    • 57 min
    127: Q+A Private Lesson: Body Stuff, Business Stuff And Dharma Teaching #4

    127: Q+A Private Lesson: Body Stuff, Business Stuff And Dharma Teaching #4

    Today I will answer a bunch of questions that you all have sent in about teaching private lessons!
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    suggestions for helping a student establish a neutral pelvis in daily life
    advice and guidance for hands-on work in private lessons
    tips for finding private clients outside of the studio
    tips for when you need to make some money fast
    support in lightening up a teaching schedule
    how (and why!) to raise your rates
    help for a  private student who wants to learn to meditate, but always seems agitated when practicing 
    Resources Mentioned:
    37: Q + A About Private Lessons with Francesca
    62: Q + A About Private Lessons with Francesca #2
    92: Planning And Progress In Private Lessons (Q+A!)
     Teachprivateyoga.com
    The Mentor Sessions Sangha
     

    • 37 min
    126: Loving Kindness + Active Backbends (Practice with Francesca!)

    126: Loving Kindness + Active Backbends (Practice with Francesca!)

    Well, this is an unusual episode!! Since I released a podcast episode last year about my group class planning process I’ve been getting more and more questions about my unique teaching style.  It’s been described as Buddha Dharma Meets Corrective Exercise With A Little Vinyasa In The Middle For Some Fun. It’s a specific style that has been cultivated over almost 20 years of very full time teaching, and I especially love the way it lands online and in an audio format. 
    So this episode is a short explanation, and then a full length practice! You might find it interesting to listen to even if you can’t or don’t want to do the physical part of the practice.
    Resources Mentioned:
    The Mentor Sessions Sangha
    The Science of The Private Lesson Training
    115: The Case For Teaching Leveled Classes
    116: Integrating Buddha Dharma and Asana with Meredith Witte – Live Mentoring Session
    118: My Group Class Planning Process

    • 1 hr 24 min
    BONUS: Inclusive Yoga Illustrations with Harmony Willow Hansen

    BONUS: Inclusive Yoga Illustrations with Harmony Willow Hansen

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that many stock images and illustrations of yoga practitioners show a very narrow representation of bodies and abilities.
    Harmony Willow Hansen is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and yoga practitioner who creates beautiful images that represent the true diversity in the student body of yoga practitioners worldwide. She created a beautiful book called You Are Strong And Worthy that showcases these images. Willow also has lots of resources available for yoga teachers and studios who want their images and branding to reflect the beautiful multifariousness of their students.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    what Willow saw in the bodies around her in class that inspired her to start making art
    what she hopes people take away from seeing the images she created
    all about the custom art and images she has created for yoga studios and teachers
    Learn More From Harmony:
    Website Instagram You Are Strong and Worthy (Book)  

    • 19 min
    125: How To Create And Lead Your Own Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee

    125: How To Create And Lead Your Own Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee

    Teaching teachers how to teach yoga is a massive responsibility. (How many times am I going to write the word “teach” in this intro???) 
    Many people who listen to this podcast either already are, or are hoping to be a teacher of teachers. I get asked all the time for advice on creating and leading a teacher training. I have created a very successful speciality training, The Science of the Private Lesson, and a big part of my business is mentoring yoga teachers. I have supported teachers in writing their own 200 hour teacher training, but I have never actually created or led my own foundational 200 hour teacher training. So to have this conversation I asked my Yoga Mama, and the ultimate Teacher of Teachers Cyndi Lee, to join me and walk us through how to create and lead a teacher training. 
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    how to decide what to cover in a teacher training since yoga is so vast and expansive
    what is most important to consider when you first start to write the manual or syllabus for your teacher training
    how to teach sequencing and class planning to future yoga teachers
    what Cyndi thinks about marketing a teacher training as a way to "deepen your practice" without an intention to teach
    how teacher trainers can stimulate creativity and confidence in their learners
    Learn More From Cyndi:
    Website
    SUBSTACK: Drip, Drip, Drip
    Instagram
    Facebook
     

    • 50 min
    124: Yoga and Dominant Culture with Anjali Rao

    124: Yoga and Dominant Culture with Anjali Rao

    In today's episode, we have a very special guest, Anjali Rao (she/her). Anjali is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcast host who offers profound insights into the often obscured stories and histories of yoga. An Indian American immigrant and cancer survivor, Anjali beautifully integrates yoga philosophy and history with storytelling, imagery, and poetry. 
    Anjali and I had a thought-provoking conversation about the sociopolitical context of yoga and its historical beginnings. We delve into topics such as the caste system, the intersections of power and access to knowledge, and the erasure of South Asian teachers in modern yoga spaces. 
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    all about Yoga's relationship with the caste system
    a deep dive into Yoga's relationship with hinduism and other religions
    how Anjali recommends we can teach and practice yoga with integrity
    about the political nature of yoga and the connection between spiritual teachings and the pursuit of social change
    a conversation on ahimsa and its active role in disrupting harm (rather than passive inaction)
     the importance of self-reflection and understanding one's positionality as a yoga practitioner and teacher
    Learn More From Anjali:
    On Instagram
    At her website
    On her podcast “The Love of Yoga”
     

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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147 Ratings

147 Ratings

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I feel welcomed into learning in community experience
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Years if enjoyment and hope for more

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Great Content!

Francesca is putting such thoughtful content out into the yoga world. I can't wait to keep learning from her!

Cayce Clay ,

Unlike any other yoga teacher podcast!

This podcast has been instrumental in learning the difference between teaching private yoga lessons versus group classes. The insight Francesca shares is thoughtful, clearly grounded in years of practice, and actionable.

I’ll be signing up for her Science of the Private Lesson course ASAP!! :)

Thank you Francesca!!

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