Mentorship Program

with Senior Teachers - Continuing

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The Mentorship program provides an opportunity for new or aspiring yoga teachers to study one-on-one with experienced senior teachers. This is an ideal means for continuing one’s yoga education in a structured and supportive environment, with ample time for questioning, exploration, and practice.

Stream One

Objectives

  • To offer a practical bridge from the 200-hour to the 300-hour program, from deepening one’s own practice to becoming a yoga teacher.
  • To increase observational skills in postural evaluations and alignment.
  • To observe the effect of a yoga practice on different types of bodies at different levels of practice.
  • To provide an opportunity for continued yoga education and leadership skills development within sangha.

Curriculum

  • Assisting a senior teacher in weekly drop-in classes.
  • Developing specific teaching goals by observing, demonstrating, assisting, and teaching during these classes.
  • Teaching one community class with your mentor in attendance for feedback.

Mentors will spend 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after class unpacking their sequence and answering questions. Mentors will also be available via email during the week to answer questions as they arise. Participating in peer review to measure progress. There will be up to 2 hours of homework.

Duration: 6-10 weeks for a total of 20 hours. This program can be repeated in order to study with different teachers, levels, types of classes.

Prerequisite: 200-hour Teacher Training program.

Certification: Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.

Tuition: $250 +HST. 300-hour alumni: 20% off. Teachers who have been substitute teaching at Octopus Garden for longer than 1 year: 50% off. (Note: Tuition does not cover the cost of class passes or monthly membership.)

Stream 1 Application Form

Stream Two

Objectives

  • To deepen the mentoring relationship to include substitute teaching opportunities at OG.
  • To create a foundation for building sequences that work towards specific goals in body, mind and spirit.
  • To continue the process of finding one’s own voice and values in the broader yoga practice.

Curriculum

  • Assisting 2-4 senior teachers in weekly drop-in classes. Developing specific teaching goals by observing, demonstrating, assisting and teaching during these classes.
  • In addition, teaching 10 public classes with your mentors in attendance for at least 1 class each in order to provide feedback.

Participating in peer review to measure progress. There will be up to 2 hours of homework.

Duration: 6 months for a total of 40 hours of assisting and 10 public classes (for which there will be no compensation).

Prerequisites: 300-hour Teacher Training program. Completion of Stream 1 and an interview with Pat.

Certification: Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.

Tuition: $500 +HST. Teachers who have been substitute teaching at Octopus Garden for longer than 1 year: 50% off. (Note: Tuition does not cover the cost of class passes or monthly membership.)