A Fresh Approach : Coaching and Support for teachers
( A six-month course, launching September 2021 )
If you’re looking to elevate your teaching skills, explore varied techniques, move away from binary thinking and broaden your perspective, then this course could be for you – inspiring, motivating and practical.
Open to newer teachers, teachers that have taken a bit of a break and those teachers looking for some inspiration.
Join the waitlist to be one of the first to receive full details when booking opens on June 30th, and read what others have to say, below.
Spaces will be limited, so joining the waitlist is strongly advised, to minimise the chances of missing out.
Two hundred and three hundred hour teacher trainings equip you with a wealth of information to share with students. Coaching, support and mentoring guides you in delivering that information in a relatable way. Whether you’re newer to teaching, have had a bit of a break or just looking for some inspiration, this course sets out to elevate your teaching, broaden your outlook and enable you to become a more grounded confident teacher.
This course is very practical in that it considers every part of the day to day life of a yoga teacher and factors in all the highs and lows, successes and fallouts. I don’t have all the answers but I have definitely learnt from my mistakes and gathered some really good tools to share.
This course is broken down into six monthly group sessions. There will be homework to complete between sessions which I will review and feedback on. Prior to the course there will be some journalling and questions to answer in preparation ahead of the start date. Mid month there will be catch up calls with me for extra support and you will have a workbook to refer to. I will attend at least one of your classes, though if you live further afield I will attend a livestream class or do a recording.
This course will be held at East of Eden studio, London E17 in person or you are welcome to join livestream if you live overseas or have too long a distance to travel.
Sunday October 24th
Sunday November 21st
Sunday December 12th
Sunday January 23rd
Sunday February 20th
All sessions 10am – 2pm
Self Enquiry, Confidence and Communication
Every teacher has their own style of teaching no matter the style of yoga you teach. Once you are clear on your teaching style you will be able to explore the way you communicate with your students and share your knowledge. Knowing your students and how diverse the group dynamic can be will elevate your teaching skills.
We will look at inclusive language, effective cueing, dual cueing and linked language. Tone of voice, body language, posture all affect the way you come across as a teacher. We will look at posture and how that relates to your level of confidence.
We will be joined by guest teacher Freya Sparks a voice coach and speech therapist who will take you through a series of vocal exercises that relate to yoga teaching. You’ll still sound like you!
Setting out clear teaching objectives to bring clarity and focus to your teaching is key to developing as a teacher. It is important to know what you are teaching and even more importantly why you are teaching it. We will look at what these objectives could be and how to apply them.
We will discuss pre class planning and considerations, how to use props effectively without making students feel “less than” and using cues that are relevant to the subject being taught getting rid of “canned cues”.
Postures will be broken down into groups for more effective sequencing and smoother transitions and we’ll explore similar postures in various orientations.
Sequencing with Purpose and Intention
Week on week planning can leave you chasing your tail. Having more time to create content places more thought into what you are teaching. You will feel more confident in what you deliver and more relaxed in your style of teaching. The effect on students is of greater benefit as they will get to learn postures more thoroughly and be able to explore their own personal limitations.
We will look at different techniques and ways of entering and exiting postures that keep sequencing fresh and learn new skills. Learn how to give students choices without losing the rhythm of the class.
Dealing with Injuries and Conditions
With that in mind we will take a look at the common injuries conditions and concerns that often show up in the yoga room and how we can work with them whilst remaining in the role of yoga teacher. Injuries obtained whilst doing yoga I have often found are due to a lack of understanding of the posture itself and repetition of the pose done poorly.
We will look at some of the postures where people injure themselves and apply different techniques to the entry and exit of the pose, the set up and differences we can apply to individual alignment.
Workshops, Retreats and Creating a Series
Retreats can be a minefield from finding a location to fulfilling guest expectations. We will explore all the ways in which we can approach these subjects successfully.
Develop your Brand
We will discuss the highs and lows financially of yoga teaching and how to make it a viable and sustainable career.
• Six catch up support and coaching calls
• Homework reviews, feedback and follow on objectives
A non refundable deposit of £50 is due at time of booking to secure your place.
2 x payments of £125
1 x payment of £120
* In the event that you wish to cancel, you must do so no later than September 16th (ten days prior to course start date) to receive a full refund minus £50 non refundable deposit.
“I joined Catherine’s mentoring programme just before I qualified as a yoga teacher. During our six months together she gave me the courage (and a nudge) to start teaching online, and I’ve really not looked back since.
Thanks to Catherine I’ve learned how to plan, structure and theme my classes as part of an ongoing “curriculum”. It’s helped to bring more meaning to my teaching, and her tips on deconstructing postures have given me confidence to get really creative with my sequencing.
I feel so lucky to have Catherine as a teacher and a mentor. She continues to support and inspire my journey as a yoga teacher. The group mentoring was amazing and I definitely recommend to everyone!”
“I enrolled in Catherine’s mentoring course a couple of months after finishing my YTT, bursting with knowledge I wanted to share with students but feeling lost about how to put it all into action.
Over the 6 months working with Catherine, I developed the confidence to offer classes and workshops online, something I definitely would have put off, or maybe not even done at all, had to not been for Catherine’s support and encouragement.
I learnt invaluable skills in sequencing, class planning and alignment principles that have bought value, creativity and structure to my classes and I no longer feel like I’m chasing my tail trying to plan classes last minute. The mentoring in a group environment allowed us to share experiences with each other in a supportive and nurturing environment, with Catherine’s knowledge, passion and continual feedback at the heart of each session.
Although the course was only 6 months, Catherine continues today to encourage and support my journey as a yoga teacher, something I am truly grateful for. Whether you’re a new teacher, or wanting to take your yoga business to the next level, I cannot recommend Catherine’s mentoring enough.”
“Joining Catherine’s mentoring group was an enriching experience that made me a better teacher. From class planning to business strategy, Catherine covered all through and through. I finished with new friends and many many new skills that elevated my teaching career and lifestyle as a freelance teacher.
Catherine is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and really cares about your growth and journey. I would retake this course 100 times!”
“I am so grateful that I took part in Catherine’s mentoring programme. Her sound knowledge and experience of the practice and everything that surrounds being a teacher in today’s world was so unbelievably helpful and useful.
Her practical and interactive approach paired with her incredibly kind and friendly demeanour made it really lovely experience to learn in. I also met some really wonderful women on the programme too. I couldn’t recommend it more if you want to develop further as a teacher and personally as well.”