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Mentorship

Working on a piece of art requires discipline and a creative intensity. Similarly, mentorship is a co-creation of artwork that is custom designed to facilitate self-awareness, self-expression and fuel the ever-changing expansion of what you love in life.

 

These ten sessions of individual attention allow for a unique experience to unfold in which you and I can work in an experimental and alchemical way on the content of yoga while being held in place by the much larger context of the yoga tradition and a common focus and intensity.

 

I offer my own lifelong commitment to the learning, practice, and study of yoga. I draw from the experiences of working with many respected yoga teachers and mentors from the Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Iyengar lineages. My own approach to teaching yoga has expanded greatly over the years and I have now taught several 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings. I have been mentoring yoga for seven years and have an extended background in counselling with a university degree in social work, psychology and gender studies.

Mentorship is for anyone. . .

 

For the yoga student and/or lifelong practitioner, mentorship can be the vehicle to inspire passion, light the fire, and sharpen goals as well as a means to understanding how to persevere through obstacles to achieve success and wellness. Beginner yoga students can benefit by building a foundation of practice and confidence, which then can lead to exploring more public yoga classes or a home practice. Intermediate or advanced students may wish to take their practices to the next level yet require some expertise and direction in the areas in which they want to deepen.

 

This also applies to yoga teachers with more emphasis on mastering and deepening the understanding of all facets of yoga. Mutually beneficial and reciprocal, mentorship evolves and enhances the quality or rather the expansiveness of consciousness. One of the main results of the focused work I’m offering is a refinement and growth in your teaching voice and inner knowing. You will gain authentic understanding of and teaching proficiency in:

  • yogasana

  • pranayama

  • alignment techniques

  • refined actions

  • verbal and hands on-assisting

  • effective cueing

  • biomechanics and anatomy

  • subtle systems of the body

  • creative sequencing

  • progressive teaching

  • multiple class levels

  • therapeutics and work with injuries

 

Moreover, I can help you refine your knowledge of philosophical concepts, myths, and spiritual traditions and guide you in practices such as meditation, concentration, working with emotions and mindfulness, relaxation techniques, self-observation, providing service on and off the mat to students, loved ones, and the larger yoga community. Connections and support in finding successful employment as a yoga teacher is available as well.

 

As a yoga teacher, sustaining one’s own practices is key to examining the relationship to self and others. Mentorship is a useful mirror to reflect the areas in which we can grow in and become more fully aware of ourselves. Meditation is an encouraged practice during the mentorship program to feed the digestion.

 

I am committed to providing useful and honest feedback and suggestions to unleash your own unique strengths and help you build a healthy body-mind and relationship to spirit.

Structure, cost, and getting started

 

The program includes ten one hour private sessions as well as email communication which may include submitting class plans/sequences and receiving feedback, homework assignments, study material, meditation, journaling and how to work with food or healthy lifestyle choices. One of the sessions can include coming to observe and give feedback to one of your yoga classes or submit a video of you teaching a yoga class or a private. It is also very useful to attend some of my public yoga classes to help assist or observe and take notes. I encourage you to take as many of my public classes as possible during the mentorship for your own practice and will often use this environment to emphasize teachings we are working on and demonstrate teaching skills that we are practicing together.

 

To enquire about the cost of the mentorship as well as payment options please use the contact form.

 

For the first session, we can meet to discuss your path and your goals and ask any questions. If you choose to commit, we will plan a program in detail to provide structure, however, I am very open to spontaneity and often find that as the process unravels many interesting under currents can surface and become beneficial in enriching your experience.

 

                                     Namaste,

Shelley Tomczyk