133 episodes

With amazing guests or solo, I explore the craft of teaching yoga, as its own practice. I’m seeking answers to the 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.

I’m so glad you are here because I believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry and relationship. Join me as I 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.

Francesca Cervero (she/her) has been a full-time yoga teacher since 2005. Her teaching is inspired by her foundational training with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center, the years she spent as a dancer and the subsequent years she spent in physical therapy. Her teaching is also influenced by her love of Buddhist teachings and a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics. She is in private practice teaching a full schedule of 1x1 clients, mentors yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™, hosts the podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support & Strategy for Yoga Teachers and is the founder of the adjoining community, The Mentor Sessions Sangha.

The Mentor Sessions Francesca Cervero

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 147 Ratings

With amazing guests or solo, I explore the craft of teaching yoga, as its own practice. I’m seeking answers to the 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.

I’m so glad you are here because I believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry and relationship. Join me as I 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.

Francesca Cervero (she/her) has been a full-time yoga teacher since 2005. Her teaching is inspired by her foundational training with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center, the years she spent as a dancer and the subsequent years she spent in physical therapy. Her teaching is also influenced by her love of Buddhist teachings and a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics. She is in private practice teaching a full schedule of 1x1 clients, mentors yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™, hosts the podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support & Strategy for Yoga Teachers and is the founder of the adjoining community, The Mentor Sessions Sangha.

    131: What Practice Looks Like During Heartbreak with Sara Avant Stover

    131: What Practice Looks Like During Heartbreak with Sara Avant Stover

    Today on the podcast I am introducing you to someone very special to me: one of my most important teachers, Sara Avant Stover. I started studying with Sara privately in the fall of 2012 and what I learned from her radically altered my life path. I went on several deep, immersive retreats with her, the last one in 2016. 
    Since the last time we saw each other Sara has suffered several very intense heartbreaks and gone deeper into her practice than ever before. Surviving these challenging times and coming out more whole and happy than ever before has expanded her teaching immensely and I’m so honored to share her deep wisdom with you today. 
    Sara Avant Stover (she/her) is a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner and teacher and mentor of women's spirituality, empowerment,  and entrepreneurship. She's also the author of The Way of the Happy Woman , The Book of SHE , and Handbook for the Heartbroken. 
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    about the heartbreak journeys that led Sara to write this book
    the the aspects of Sara’s heartbreak journey that she struggled with the most
    a deep dive into Internal Family Systems and how it helped both Sara and I heal from trauma
    what Sara has seen change in the landscape of online yoga and meditation and teacher trainings since she started offering them in the early 2000s
    advice from Sara about building a career as a yoga teacher right now
    Learn More From Sara:
    her Self podcast
    Handbook for the Heartbroken
    Sara’s LinkedIn
    Sara’s Instagram
    Sara’s YouTube
     

    • 45 min
    130: Coming Home To Ourselves with Miles Borrero

    130: Coming Home To Ourselves with Miles Borrero

    I believe the invitation of life is to become ourselves, live fully and freely, and then, if you are a student of yoga, to extend that full, free, safe living out to all beings everywhere. But how often do we get to see someone really do that?
     
    Today I have a treat for you: a person who is doing just that. Becoming. My friend Miles Borrero (he/him) has survived fronting a Latin rock band, riding horses competitively, acting on various stages across the US, and nannying a six-year-old. He has been Catholic, Jewish, and a frequent guest at Krishna’s house, and has lived life as a boy, a girl, a woman, a man, and something in between. Now a senior yoga teacher who leads retreats and trainings all over the world, Miles is passionate about dismantling the systems within ourselves that keep us small. And he has written a beautiful book called Beautiful Monster: A Becoming. The book reads like one long dharma talk, full of creative writing and yogic wisdom.
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    how Miles was Rodney Yee’s best student even though they never met
    why was it yoga teaching that really stuck for Miles, despite having so many jobs and creative endeavors 
    what it was like for Miles to teach in his native language after learning to teach yoga in English first
    all about Miles’ teacher Raghunath and what Miles learned from him
    what changed in Miles’  asana practice after his top surgery and taking testosterone
     
    Learn More From Miles:
    Website
    Chant Your Way to Freedom (Course)
    100 YTT with Miles
    Miles Book, “Beautiful Monster:  A Becoming”
     

    • 49 min
    129: Do THIS To Make Your Teaching Even Better with Jivana Heyman

    129: Do THIS To Make Your Teaching Even Better with Jivana Heyman

    In case you don’t know, Jivana is the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, an organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings and supporting yoga teachers. He’s the author of the books: Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body; Yoga Revolution: Building a Practice of Courage & Compassion; and a new book, The Teacher's Guide to Accessible Yoga: Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body. His books, classes, and trainings offer support to yoga teachers and yoga therapists in finding ways to bring creativity and collaboration into their teaching while still respecting the ancient yoga tradition.
    Check out the other two episodes with Jivana:
    70: Yoga, Human Rights, and Accessibility with Jivana Heyman
    105: Yoga And Social Justice with Jivana Heyman
    In this episode you’ll hear:
    how Jivana recommends we balance  tradition and innovation in asana
    how teachers can innovate in a way that honors the roots of yoga
    some thoughts on the abuse present in so many lineages and why ethics creates accessibility
    the specific skills that yoga teachers can learn to make their offerings accessible to everyone
    the inherent power imbalance between student and teacher
    how we can use language to make the practice invitational AND clear
    the kinds of support Jivana recommend yoga teachers find
    the recurring teaching nightmare that both Jivana and I have!!
    Learn More From Jivana:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Accessible Yoga School
    The Teacher's Guide to Accessible Yoga Book

    • 1 hr 8 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

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Presentation centered

I feel welcomed into learning in community experience
Even though it's 2 people talking, I feel like I'm in the shared space
I look to see if there's new episodes but can wait
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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