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
Ep. 109: The Ten Things Saving My Life Right Now
Hello! After a long maternity leave I’m back in front of the podcasting mic and so excited to be here. This episode is quite a departure from our usual conversations about the craft of teaching yoga. Since I’ve been out for so long I wanted to connect with all of you in a more intimate way, so this episode is more personal than usual!
I’m going to share the Ten Things Saving My Life Right Now to give a little inside peek into my season of life, my plans for teaching and how I’m calling in support.
In this episode you’ll hear:
all the places I’m getting support as I make this big transition what I replaced social media scrolling with all about the best food delivery service I’ve ever used! the online communities where I love to hang out my favorite places for online asana classes how I slowly started teaching again this summer where I keep all my to do’s organized a breakdown of my entire fall weekly schedule!
108: Anti Capitalist, Anti Racist Yoga with Avita Bansee
Avita Bansee (she/they) is here today to talk to us about what Anti Capitalist, Anti Racist Yoga looks like. Avita is a graduate of Yogaworks 200 hour RYTT and their life experiences and continuous study of yoga philosophy, anatomy, pranayama and biomechanics inform their teaching and self-practice.
107: The Science of Tissue Adaptation + Motor Control with Dr. Garrett Neill
One of the most downloaded episodes of this podcast is Episode 59: ROM, Neuroscience + Yoga with Garrett Neill. In that episode we talked about the difference between Active Range of Motion and Passive Range of Motion, the three main barriers to range of motion that show up in our joints, some of the reasons the body might “tighten” and limit our range of motion, what we should we be thinking about in terms of how we teach movement when it comes to creating stability and how mobility and flexibility are different from one another.
106: The Power of Rest with Octavia Raheem
Much of a yoga practice can, from the outside, look like very little is happening. In a meditation practice it might look like we are just sitting there, but as we all know, that “just sitting there” can be a wild experience and a potent place to make friends with ourselves.
Pausing in an asana practice to rest in Child’s Pose can look like a lull in the action, even though we know the space between is sometimes the most powerful.
Resting in a restorative yoga pose can look like an extra cozy nap... And while it can be that, Octavia Raheem (she/her) is here today to tell us why deep rest can serve as a tool for courage and resilience!
105: Yoga And Social Justice with Jivana Heyman
The historical teachings of yoga have incredible lessons for our modern world. Understanding and unpacking the ancient teachings is a lifelong process, and those of us lucky enough to practice, study and teach yoga must investigate how these teachings can shape our worldview. The bottom line is that the teachings of yoga point towards care of the collective as a path to enlightenment. The liberation of all beings (including ourselves) is where my personal study has led me over and over again. In our world today, that often looks like what we call social justice.
Jivana Heyman, is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings.
104: Postnatal Considerations in Asana with Deb Flashenberg
Deb Flashenberg (she/her) is the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center which she founded in NYC in 2002. Along with being a prenatal yoga teacher, she is also a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator, mother of two and self proclaimed "birth and anatomy geek”. After the challenging birth of her first child, Deb became incredibly interested in pelvic health and has since earned her Pelvic Floor Yoga Certification with Leslie Howard. Deb is currently knee deep in an intensive program with Dr. Sarah Duvall to earn her Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.
Francesca is putting such thoughtful content out into the yoga world. I can't wait to keep learning from her!
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!!
Incredible resource for yoga teachers - and anyone really
Francesca is a true mentor and guide. She leads through tricky and often difficult subjects with kindness and honesty. I gain lots of insights into the practical side of the business of yoga , yes, but most importantly I feel that I don’t get pat solutions but the tools for a nuanced way to figure out my own point of view.
I always feel can trust Francesca to give me good ways of thinking about not just how I teach but also how I live yoga.