Mentoring a fellow yoga teacher is a truly rewarding experience. In fact, according to research 87% of mentors reportedly felt more confident and empowered by their mentoring relationships.
Sharing your experience and knowledge to help new yogis thrive enhances your teaching skills, advances your professional development and enriches your personal life.
But how does the mentee become the mentor?
Before committing to mentor a yoga teacher, spend some time getting to know your prospective mentee. A strong mentee-mentor relationship is pivotal to a successful mentoring program and should be established well before the first session.
To do this well, you need to assess whether your personalities are compatible. How does your student respond to your feedback? Can you be completely honest with your mentee, and vice versa? Do you work productively together?
It is also worthwhile conducting an interview with potential students to understand their motivations and objectives for mentoring. Doing this exercise will help you to identify the mentee's needs, and how to tailor your expertise to meet these needs.
Create Your Mentoring Schedule
A structured mentor programme will focus you and your mentee on achieving those pre-decided goals and really hone in on advancing your students teaching skills.
When drawing up your program, you may want to consider the following: How often will your mentoring sessions take place? And for how long? What are the objectives of each mentoring session? Do you need to create any additional resources, such as handouts, worksheets or questionnaires? Will the mentoring be held in-person or online? Will you have guest speakers attend sessions for additional advice?
When you have answered these questions you can begin to structure your mentoring programme.
Set Your Fee
Typically speaking, the price of a yoga class or event reflects the cost of living in that area, the amount of teaching and training experience of the teacher, and the rates of other local yoga teachers. The same factors will influence the cost of your mentoring program.
On top of this, it’s important to look into how much of your time and expertise are you offering. Unlike a normal class, your mentoring program may include private sessions of an extended period. You may be offering additional resources, industry contacts and class supervision, all of which should be factored into your final fee.
It's important to remember that you have spent years of teaching and invested in teacher training to get to where you are. This is incredibly valuable in the mentoring world! The time, effort and cost spent to reach your level of experience should be reflected in your fees.
Finally, enjoy passing your wisdom, skills and experience to younger yoga teachers. They will be forever grateful!