A Mentor for Yoga Teacher Training

Reality has finally hit me now because we’ve moved into the second half of shala.  It’s time to go beyond just talking about yoga.  It’s time to start teaching it.

Dianne assigned each of us a mentor, to see us through the rest of yoga teacher training.  The mentor has to be someone who is an RYT-200, meaning that they’re registered with the Yoga Alliance and have 200 hours of training/teaching experience.  I’m working under the guidance of Mary, who taught us for the philosophy weekend intensive.  Her background is in Jivamukti, which is a school of yoga that I don’t know much about yet.  I’ll learn!  We have to do a minimum number of hours of observation, participation and assisting in classes with our mentor.

We also need to perform a minimum number of hours of karma work too.  That means volunteering to teach classes to the community.  I have to admit I was at a loss on what to do for that.  But it seems this is one of the things that I have learned about myself during shala…I need time to think.  I am the tortoise, not the hare.  The solution will come to me and it’ll be the right path to take.  I have an idea but I need to figure out a few more details before I can write about it.

It doesn’t stop there.  We also have to observe five other styles of classes at the studio and there are lots to choose from- Healthy Backs, Intro to Yoga, Yin Yoga, Jivamukti, All-Levels Flow, Anusara-Inspired, Yoga Basics, Yoga at the Wall, Prenatal Yoga, Mommy Baby Yoga, Slow Flow.  A good way to get exposed to wide range of yoga styles and methods.

Hmmm…that’s a lot of hours.  A little overwhelming.  I just have to remember that I can only do them one at a time.  Slow and steady.  The finish line seems a long way away but I’ll get there.

  • Gwen, your blog is beautiful. Your tortoise self has created something genuine and lovely. I am sure it will continue, on the teaching path as well. 🙂

  • Admin

    Hi Alan,
    I am so glad that you enjoy reading the posts. It’s been a great creative outlet.
    You’ve helped me to improve this blog so much too. Thank you for that!
    All for now,

  • I love reading your blog. Your journey has been very insightful and the task at hand is very daunting. I know you are ready and nothing in life happens before its time. You will find your Karma even if it is Saturday nights at the studio for 10 weeks…building your practice and courage.

    It seems like a lot but:

    The journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step……

  • Admin

    Happy to read your reply. I appreciate the encouragement, on so many levels!