Mind-Body Teacher Mentorship


Last year I was approached by a client to be her mentor. She was feeling stuck and dissatisfied with her teaching life and thought, given our history and similar approach to teaching, I could be of help.

While I was glad to assist her, I wasn’t completely comfortable with the word ‘mentor’. I’ve had a few would-be mentors in my time and my experiences ranged from intensely frustrating to mildly traumatizing. One told me I was a “horrible teacher” and would “never amount to anything”. Another was more interested in exploiting my talents for their professional gain rather than supporting me in my personal teaching journey.

As a result, I’ve taken the figure-it-out-as-you-go approach to professional development, which, thankfully, happens to be my specialty as I’m naturally self reflective and always working on improving myself, both professionally and personally.

Ultimately, this approach has worked for me. I do have a meaningful and fulfilling teaching life. I enjoy where, when, and with whom I work and I feel confident about what I have to offer as a teacher, but the road to achieving this was incredibly rocky and, man, it would’ve been nice to have had some help navigating that terrain along the way.

I expressed my reluctance to call myself a mentor to my husband, who also happens to be a teacher. This is a paraphrased version of what followed:

HIM: Why do people seek out mentors?

ME: Um, because they need help?

HIM: Why do they think mentors can help?

ME: Uh, because they have done it before?

HIM: They have …

ME: Erm … experience?

HIM: Yes! You’ve been teaching for almost 2 decades. You’ve been through a lot, overcome challenges, pioneered new ways of working for yourself. And while you’ve had some really crappy mentors, you’ve still managed to create a life that you like. Other people can benefit from insights based on your experience.

ME: Hmm …

As I began warming up to the idea of calling myself a mentor, I remembered one true mentor who had a brief, but tremendously positive impact on me as a teacher. I met Rosie within a year after I’d completed my Pilates teacher training. She owned a large and successful health club and we met when she attended an intensive workshop where I assisted the lead instructor. Soon after, she hired me as her personal Pilates teacher and within weeks, she asked me to develop and run a new Pilates program at her health club. I thanked her for the opportunity, but told her she really ought to hire someone with more experience as I’d only been teaching for a short while and had so much to learn. She dismissed my concerns and told me I was already a good teacher and, in time, would develop into an amazing one.

I gave birth to my first son and moved away within 2 years of our meeting, but I learned a lot from Rosie in our short time together. She was an amazon of a woman with gorgeous strawberry blond hair that hung halfway down her back. She always had manicured acrylic nails and wore form fitting clothes to work and play. She refused to conform to anyone else’s ideas of what a mid-forties Latina businesswoman and mother of 3 boys should look like, sound like, or behave. (Sound kinda familiar?)

What really stood out to me about Rosie, though, was her kindness, empathy, and humor. On a daily basis I witnessed her be of service and positive support to her members, employees, and teaching staff. As most novice teachers do, I had several loud voices inside my head questioning my skills and qualifications on a daily basis. Rosie’s unflinching belief in my innate abilities helped mute those doubting voices so I could begin to confidently evolve as a teacher and for that I will be forever grateful.

At the end of my reflection of my past mentors, my desire to be of service to other mind-body teachers became clear:

I would like to be the encouraging voice providing experienced insight and helping you navigate your path to creating a meaningful and fulfilling teaching life.

 

To start, I’m offering a one-on-one program called Designing Your Meaningful and Fulfilling Teaching Life.

The cost is $687 (with a 2-payment option of $347 or 3-payment option of $237)

 

Here are some of the signs that a mentorship program may be right for you:

Do you struggle with feeling like you don’t know enough about anatomy and biomechanics to be a good teacher?

Do you find yourself chasing CECs with the hope of finding that ‘one thing’ that will make it all click?

Do you feel guilty or inadequate as a teacher when your own health/fitness isn’t perfect?

Do you experience feelings of burn out or client fatigue?

Are you stuck in a teaching rut?

Do you struggle with finding your own teaching voice and frequently find yourself mimicking lessons and cues from your teachers/mentors?

Do you feel like you aren’t attracting clients who really ‘get’ your teaching philosophy?

Do you measure your success as a teacher against other colleagues’ achievements?

I’m limiting this initial program to 3 participants. If you’re interested in finding out more details, please fill out and submit the application below. Afterward, I’ll contact you to schedule a complimentary video consultation to see if this is a right fit for your needs and goals.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me: gini(at)rockwhatsyours(dotcom)

P.S. You don’t have to be a Pilates teacher to apply. The program is open to Yoga and all other mind-body modality teachers!

 

 

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