Mentoring


We are survivors of immeasurable events, Flung upon some reach of land, Small wet miracles without instructions, Only the imperative of change. (Rebecca Elson – 'Evolution')


Mentoring



As yoga teachers and people training to teach yoga, we are often faced with challenges of isolation and individualism. Questions arise and we can be uncertain about who we can ask for advice. There can be issues arising in relationships within the class setting that leave us feeling unclear. And sometimes the pressures of juggling different balls can simply feel too much: the struggle to find work, the balance between practice and teaching, teaching and life. 

Mentoring breaks this cycle by offering the chance to share our experiences and the opportunity to seek guidance on how to approach such challenges that appear within the class environment. 


Why we need group mentoring


It is a requirement for psychotherapists that they regularly see a supervisor and the same is true for many other fields. I believe there is a pressing need for a similar form of supervision within the yoga field. So often after our teaching trainings, we are thrown out into the wider world with little backup. This belief has led me to develop a supervision group specifically tailored to the needs and challenges of people teaching yoga.

The aim of this group is to provide support – to enable a growing clarity about how we are teaching and to encourage open discussion about the difficulties (and joys) that we all face as yoga teachers. This is about sharing and mutual aid. From participating in this group, I hope you can get advice, practical assistance, asana teaching points, emotional support, aids for teaching and insights about practice and people.


How the mentoring works

  • The structure of the group is a two-hour meeting once a month – the dates are agreed at the first meeting;
  • The group has a maximum number of five participants, each of whom have to commit to (and pay for) six sessions;
  • The structure of the group is a two-hour meeting once a month – the dates are agreed at the first meeting;
  • Two time slots are available: Sundays 6pm-8pm and Mondays early afternoon. Other times may be possible if there is sufficient demand
  • The cost is £25 per session (payment of £150 is required);

Norman is also available for 1:1 sessions (£50 hour) and can do class observations (£65/hour). This is where I observe one of your classes and afterwards give you detailed feedback as a way of reflecting upon the teaching. It offers a process for deepening our abilities as teachers.

This is about working together — where we share, with guidance and advice from an experienced teacher.
For more information, see Minding What Matters (link to pdf on 8 Media/articles).

About Norman

Norman has been teaching yoga since 2001 and my first yoga class was more than twenty years ago. I have studied deeply with teachers such as Sarah Powers, Hamish Hendry, Richard Freeman, Judith Lasater and Alaric Newcombe. From 2006-2013 I was a mentor on the Yogacampus Teacher Training and I supported nearly 30 students through that course. I have written extensively on yoga and related matters of personal transformation. After being introduced to meditation in 1998, with my first meditation retreat in December 2000, I have had an established meditation practice for the last twelve years. From 2003 to 2012, I was in therapy and this has significantly aided my teaching. I regularly see a supervisor.

Please feel free to contact me either by email at mail@yogawithnorman.co.uk or at 07900 027 291 for more information or to discuss this further.

What people say about this supervision practice


From participants

"Excellent session yesterday. I am very grateful for it and took much away from it."

"I just wanted to let you know how helpful and supportive I am finding the sessions. I've also met some teachers I'd not usually have met so a very positive experience."

From teachers

"I am so pleased to learn that Norman Blair is offering this unique group setting for yoga teachers. In this time of turmoil in the yoga world, it is imperative that we support each other in becoming the best teachers we can be. I wish all yoga teachers had the opportunity to gather and discuss the art of teaching in such a group. Thank you, Norman, for sharing your wisdom and devotion to yoga." - Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, physical therapist and yoga teacher since 1971

"Norman inspired my practice of Ashtanga, introduced me to my teacher Hamish, let me assist his classes and propelled me into the world of teaching yoga. He has mentored me throughout this process both formally (he was my Mentor when I did the Life Centre Teacher Training) and informally over countless coffees over many years. I have found his support and friendship invaluable. The Group Supervision Practice sounds like a valuable tool for committed yoga teachers. It formalises and gives space to explore difficulties and share expertise. It should help to shift us out of our individual ego-silos. I would recommend this project and Norman most highly." - Ruth Westoby www.ruthyoga.co.uk