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
112: How To Find New Private Clients with Mary Reddinger
Mary Reddinger is joining us on the show today to share how she built her full-time private yoga practice just recently! Mary and her family moved in the middle of the pandemic, and with her husband in school, her yoga teaching is their sole source of income. Mary worked incredibly hard to build a private practice and she did it quite quickly! She has a full roster of dedicated students who are engaged in their practice and appreciate her work immensely.
111: Planning A Beginner’s Series with Dara Madigan
Over the last few years more and more yoga teachers have worked to create their own teaching offerings outside of a studio setting, and I think this is a great thing! While I absolutely value the community space a yoga studio can create, I also think creating learning opportunities for students (especially new students) outside of a typical yoga studio can be wonderful. And it can be great for us as teachers to begin to build our own teaching opportunities and small businesses.
A longtime member of my community, Dara Madigan, created and ran her first Beginner’s Series on her own this fall, and it was such a smashing success I asked her to come on the podcast and share all the details with y’all so you could model your own Beginner's Series after hers! And I’m intentionally releasing this in October, because I think mid-January next year would be a great time to run in, which means you need to start planning it now!
110: Q+A, Taking Time Off, Hamstrings, Continuing Ed + More!
I’ve been collecting your questions over the last few weeks, and I’m so happy to share this Q+A episode with you today! (It’s an off the cuff, casual vibe. I think you’ll like it!)
In this episode I’ll answer questions like:
How do you work with plantar fasciitis? How do we work with our students’ injuries when we think some movement might be helpful, but a doctor has told our student to stay away from movement? What happens to our classes and our students when we take an extended period of time off? How did you plan for and manage your maternity leave? What is the best way to recover from a hamstring injury? How are you balancing your teaching/work schedule with being a new parent? How do you make time for/organize continued education and study in relation to your teaching?
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.
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.