Mentoring the yoga teacher

What is mentoring?

Mentoring offers deep listening, meaningful conversation and experienced guidance, to help the mentoree reach their full potential in their role as a yoga teacher. Mentoring is an important part of the professional development of a yoga teacher. Mentoring nourishes the mentoree’s deepest path in yoga, in teaching and in life.
Specifically, a mentor assists the mentoree to:

  • Further extend their skills and abilities as a yoga teacher
  • Further develop their self-practice, the foundation of yoga teaching
  • Maintain self-care and deepen their yogic lifestyle
  • Further their education and training
  • Develop the business and practical skills of being a yoga teacher
  • Teach in a way that is unique and true to themselves

Mentoring is offered individually or in small groups.
Group Mentoring: A facilitated 1.75 hour session in small groups of three, with each participant having half an hour to work through a current issue. Receive mentoring, support and insight from Anahata and from the others in the group. A great way to receive personalised mentoring, to create a community of support at an affordable price. You can choose two trusted yoga teacher colleagues to form your group, or register your interest and I can form a group for you. Various times are available. These group sessions are also available by Skype.

Why have a mentor?

Mentoring the yoga teacher is very important during the first one or two years or so of teaching yoga, as there is a lot of learning that happens in the first stage of teaching yoga. New teachers are often not well supported once their teacher training is complete. Further down the track, mentoring may be used at different stages of growth throughout a yoga teacher’s span of teaching. Anahata is deeply respectful of the different yoga paths – and will help you find the path that is right for you.
Some examples of why someone may seek a mentor include:

  • A new teacher may need guidance to fill in any gaps in their teaching
  • An experienced teacher wants to further their training and is not sure what direction to go in
  • A teacher wants to reinvigorate their home practice
  • A teacher wants to develop new areas of their yoga teaching such as yoga philosophy, sound work, pranayama or meditation into their teaching
  • An experienced teacher wants to clarify his/her personal unique approach to teaching
  • A teacher wants to learn business skills to support themselves more effectively with their yoga teaching


Every yoga teacher should have at least one mentor. After completing my teacher training, I confidently went out to share my love and knowledge of yoga. But it wasn’t until I started teaching and seeing students with so many different bodies and their individual restrictions that you develop this long list of questions and concerns that no teacher training can comprehensively cover. This type of knowledge comes only from experience, over years and years of teaching, from a very experienced teacher. I felt like I’d struck gold when I discovered Anahata Giri was offering mentoring sessions. With decades of being a yoga practitioner and a dedicated teacher, she has vast knowledge to share in general yoga, prenatal, sound practices, chanting, meditation & pranayama and more. Having the mentoring sessions allows me to continue to develop my skills and explore new ways to be an effective teacher. Anahata is open and easy going, offering a safe and confidential space to share ideas, concerns, challenges, and experiences and giving practical tools to firstly apply to my own practice and then share with students. Highly recommended!”

– Jodie Murray, 2013

About the mentoring sessions:

Mentoring involves discussion, and sometimes practice, to extend the mentoree’s abilities as a yoga teacher. It is recommended that initial sessions are 1.5 hours – subsequent sessions can be 1 hour long. Mentoring sessions are held at One Heart in Abbotsford or at your location or can by held by skype for long distance teachers. Half hour phone sessions are also available for immediate arising issues. Sessions can be one-off, monthly or whatever suits you. Appointments are neccessary for all sessions. Sessions are strictly confidential. The wide array of yoga paths are all respected. Please bring your yoga mat, a notebook and a pen along to your mentoring session.

And what about self-practice?

It is vital that teachers continue their own self-practice to nourish their own growth and to use their practice as a springboard for finding one’s own authentic teaching voice and approach. Do you love teaching but find it hard to maintain your own practice? Teachers are welcome to come along the Self-Practice sessions under the experienced guidance of Anahata Giri. Session are held 6.30-8.30am Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact Anahata for details:

About Anahata Giri

Anahata has been practising yoga for 30 years and teaching for 14 years. She is a member of Yoga Australia and a member of The Australian Association of Yoga Therapists. She has a Diploma in Community Development, a Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. She has worked for 7 years as a counsellor. She draws on her yoga, yoga therapy and counselling skills to provide deeply attentive listening and guidance for the individual.


1 hour session
1.5 hour session
5 x 1 hour Sessions Package
1.75 hour group mentoring
$360 ($72 per session)
$180 ($60 each)
Please book your time-slot by email or phone 0410 950 606. Payment can be made online before your appointment or by cash on the day of your appointment.

1 x 1 hour session

1 x 1.5 hour session $120

5 x 1 hour sessions $360

1 x 1.75 hour group session $60 each


Cancellation Policy:

Please give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment otherwise a 50% fee will be charged.

For more information or to make an appointment:

Please phone Anahata on 0410 950 606 or email: