For those who have spent less than 12 months training to become a yoga teacher, there is a membership requirement to enter into a formal mentoring arrangement with a senior teacher to bring the length of time spent under supervision, and in training, up to the minimum of 12 months. A more senior teacher refers generally to a Level 3 Yoga Australia registered teacher. However, a Level 1 or 2 registered teacher with an appropriate background may be approved by the Yoga Australia Committee.
This mentoring involves undertaking regular (at least once weekly) supervised teacher training with your mentor.
The mentoring can be structured in a way to best suit both you and your mentor, e.g.: teaching as a trainee teacher under supervision, assisting the teacher in class, or one-to-one professional consultation with your mentor.
Yoga Australia strongly recommends that a formal mentoring structure is agreed between the mentor and mentee right from the start of the process, with clear aims, expectations, and responsibilities. Good records of all mentoring hours must also be kept. To this end, a sample mentoring agreement is attached which you can modify to suit your situation.
At the conclusion of the mentoring period, your mentor should provide you with a letter or other documentation confirming the length and nature of the mentoring process.
Although mentoring is not a requirement of ongoing membership of Yoga Australia, we recognise the importance of mentoring in yoga and encourage members to become involved in mentoring at all levels of membership, seniority, and experience in yoga – both by being a mentor and by being mentored.
Mentoring can be an important part of professional development. For this reason, Yoga Australia allows the time spent being mentored to be counted as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). However, being a mentor does not earn CPD points as this is similar to time spent teaching. Of course, mentoring records must be kept in order to claim hours of being mentored as CPD. For the purposes of CPD, a mentor can be a Yoga Australia registered teacher or another senior teacher who may not be Yoga Australia registered.
Many of our Senior Registered teachers are open to providing mentoring support for yoga teachers who are seeking further guidance.