MENTORSHIP

PROGRAMS

OPEN DOORS

TAKE YOUR TEACHING TO

THE NEXT LEVEL WITH MENTORING. 

Our six-week mentorship program helps newer teachers (teaching for 2 years or less) build upon the key areas of study from their 200hr program. Over the course of your mentorship, you will build confidence, continue to develop fundamental teaching skills and learn to embrace your authentic voice as a yoga teacher. Emphasis on deeper training for yoga teachers wanting to take their teaching to a more developed and professional level.

 

Program Perks
  • Eight weeks of unlimited practice at the Open Doors Yoga Studios in Weymouth, Duxbury, and Norwell

  • Personalized one-on-one support with an experience Open Doors’ instructor

  • Individualized homework in the form of peer feedback, class observations, journaling, home practice, morning rituals and activities that best support your development and learning goals.​

Tracks

Choosing one of our three tracks below, you can expect to learn:

YOGA PHILOSOPHY
  • How to establish your voice and presence as a yoga teacher

  • The 8 Limbs of Yoga

  • Review Yamas and Niamas

  • Pranayama exercises to support yourself and your students

  • Integrating yoga philosophy into your yoga classes

  • How to incorporate yoga philosophy in your day to day life

  • Create a morning ritual that will further your personal growth

ADAPTIVE YOGA (beginners, disabilities, seniors)
  • How to establish your voice and presence as a yoga teacher

  • How to keep a beginner's mind

  • How to properly cue beginners, students with disabilities, and seniors

  • Develop safe and effective lesson plans

  • Create a morning ritual that will further your personal growth

  • How to ground yourself to be present for your students

  • How to effectively market and promote your classes and workshops

  • Creating and facilitation a successful workshop

VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING
  • Establish your voice and presence as a yoga teacher

  • How to ground yourself to be present for your students

  • Learn the tools of Creative Sequencing

  • Learn pranayama exercises to support yourself and your students

  • Develop messaging and themes

  • Confidently cue and pace a class

  • Use lights, heat, and music to consciously curate a class environment

  • Create a morning ritual that will further your personal growth

  • How to effectively market and promote your classes and workshops 

  • Creating and facilitating a successful workshop

F.A.Q.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

Our mentorship program is for teachers with two years or less experience who want to deepen their knowledge and refine their skills through one on one support. This program is open to those who have:

  • Completed a 200 hour teacher training program

  • Attended a minimum of five Open Doors Yoga Studios classes

  • At least five hours of teaching experience in the form of peer feedbacks (casual teaching to your peers), studio or community classes.

WHAT ARE THE AREAS OF STUDY?

Our mentorship program offer 3 different tracks to choose from:

  • Yoga Philosophy

  • Adaptive Yoga

  • Vinyasa & Sequencing

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?

Complete our application here. Admittance to the program is based on availability, preparedness, and best fit.

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION

IS THERE REQUIRED READING FOR THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?

Depending on the mentorship track you choose, you may have required reading.

HOW MANY HOURS IS THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?

The mentorship program consists of approximately 40% contact hours with your mentor and 60% non-contact hours. Expect to have at least four, one hour long sessions with your mentor over the course of the program. In addition you can expect one hour or more of work per week in the form of personalized homework.

CAN I CHOOSE MY MENTOR?

You may request a specific teacher on your application. Requests will be evaluated to ensure that you are paired with a mentor who will best serve your needs.

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM COST?

Our mentorship program costs $650. If you graduated from the Open Doors Yoga Studios Teacher Training, the price is $550.​

HOW DO I COMPLETE THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?

Your mentorship concludes six weeks after you begin. You will choose the track that best suits your needs. Completion of our program is signified by this span of time - not a test or proficiency in a particular set of skills. We take the trust, time, and resources that teachers invest with us seriously. After completion of the program you will have the opportunity to provide feedback via an exit survey.

DOES THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM COUNT TOWARD CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS VIA YOGA ALLIANCE?

Yes! If you wish for it to count towards your continuing education hours, then you must currently be registered with Yoga Alliance. If you are not registered before the start date of your mentorship, you will not be able to log any continuing education hours completed before your registration date. You can read more on the Yoga Alliance website.

 
 
Program Mentors
ANNE WINTER, B.FA., M.Ed., VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

I have been teaching yoga for eleven years at Open Doors Yoga studios. I found Yoga in New York City while dancing on Broadway. It was a way to connect to my innerbliss. After years at Boston Ballet Company and dancing in shows, I found a movement that not only challenged me physically but also emotionally and spiritually.


Sequencing is like dancing. There should be a flow to movements inviting in playfulness and  experimentation. You ride the class on your breath and the union of mind, body and soul. I will offer a template for a well-balanced sequence, on which you will be able to create classes unique unto yourself.

BEVERLY BIELEWICZ, RYT500, ERYT200, VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

As a mentor, I want to help you find the “why” and “how” in your teaching. You will develop confidence If you know why you are teaching and how the tools of the practice are used to create a well-rounded class. Together we will prepare a plan of study which will encompass:  inclusive language, verbal cueing, physical anatomy, energetic body (chakras), functional movement, creative and safe sequencing, breathe and meditation, the use of music and readings, and the business of yoga.

 

My teaching style is open-hearted, friendly, and accessible. I want each person who attends class to feel welcome and part of a community. I teach Vinyasa, Slow-Flow, Beginners, Spa, Restorative, and Yin. Who you are as a yoga instructor is an extension of who you are as a person. During the mentorship, you will explore and refine your own teaching intention and expression.

 

As certified instructors, it is vital to keep up-to-date on current yoga topics, industry news, and to have a personal developmental plan of study. I am continuing my education in meditation and functional movement through workshops and further training. As a student and life-long learner, I practice yoga in the studio, to live a better life outside the studio.

 

Early in my yoga career I worked with a mentor who helped me develop intelligence and confidence in my teaching. I would like to do the same for you through the Open Doors Mentorship Program.

JENN DUNN, E-RYT 500, YACEP, PhD, YOGA PHILOSOPHY MENTOR AND VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

Yoga keeps me calm and clear and helps me find joy in each day. As a yoga teacher, I share this rich tradition so others can experience contentment and empowerment, and live their lives to the fullest! I have been teaching at Open Doors since 2014, have served as faculty on teacher-training programs, and own a yoga studio on Cape Cod. I’ve also been an English professor for 17 years. I believe teachers should also be lifelong students, and I’m presently completing further studies: a master training with Yogarupa Rod Stryker and a 1200-hour Ayurvedic yoga therapy certification
with the Himalayan Institute.

Good teaching is supported by authenticity, continuous learning, and compassion for your students. As a mentor, I will help you find the best tools for where you are right now and how you want to evolve as a teacher—whether that’s for sequencing classes, crafting meaningful workshops, diving deeper into yoga philosophy, or advancing your personal practice.

KAREN DONAHUE, ADAPTIVE YOGA MENTOR AND VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

Adaptive Yoga for beginners, disabilities, seniors as well as intelligent sequencing for all levels.

My own extraordinary health journey informed and inspired my passion for teaching yoga and to a diverse population for over 10 years making my classes inclusive to all. My belief: Nothing in life stays the same, this is a constant reminder to allow the yoga experience to be accessible to the students in front of me with unique bodies and unique needs that can shift daily. My hope is to create a solid foundation with body awareness movement and breath so the students can feel safe enough to explore and find freedom within themselves. To see others succeed brings tremendous fulfillment
and joy to myself. Now as a mentor, I would like to share this with you.


Patience, compassion authenticity and accessibility will capture your students and keep them in their bodies feeling safe, secure and willing to explore the yoga practice. I will guide you deeper into your own personal practice feeling safe enough in your own body to be vulnerable and try new approaches. We will work on connecting to your true authentic voice and presence keeping the students captivated and safe. We will explore adapting new and exciting ways to connect to the students and from a beginner’s mind including cueing and language patterns. The awareness that the students are your greatest teacher will unfold as you dive deeper into your teaching and your own personal practice. We will explore setting boundaries around yourself to keep you grounded and present as both a teacher and student.


A graduate from the Open Doors 2009, E-RYT200, YACEP. I have studied different modalities to expand my teaching toolbox including Asanas for Autism and Special Needs with Shawnee Thornton Hardy, Opening Yoga, Adapting Yoga for Disability LI/II with Matthew Sanford, Intro to Trauma Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and Jenn Turner, Brain Therapy with Nicole Absar, MD, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with Shawn Cornelison as well as others. My experience includes and started with teaching hot power vinyasa and has expanded out to beginner’s, all levels, slow flows, inclusive
yoga for adults of all ages and abilities. Yes, I am a mirror of what I love, diversity and inclusion. You will find me in the studios teaching different styles as well as day- habilitations teaching to those with disabilities.

LYN POMPEO, VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

I have been teaching vinyasa yoga since completing my 200 hr training at Open Doors in 2006. My style has progressed over the years as I have studied with different teachers but I have always been interested in bringing lightness and intention to an asana practice. Through the years I have stayed consistent with a strong breath-centered class and as a mentor would love to work with teachers on bringing or strengthening this aspect of their own class. I work with students to bring their your own self and style to a class, creating unique and safe sequences that are authentic and inspiring. Most of all I love to help inspire confidence to teach what is authentic to them and then to share this with their students. 

TAMMY FRIEND, VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

Tammy began practicing hot power yoga in 2007 while trying to rehab a knee injury. She fell in love with the physical demands of the practice and the mental peace it brought to her my hectic life. Wanting to give back to the community that had given so much to her, she began teaching in 2011. She has been blessed to study with some truly amazing well-known teachers: Sadie Nardini, Seane Corn, Jason Crandell and Baron Baptiste. As well as some master teachers from her roots in Upstate NY. She completed her 200 hour training through the Baptiste Institute specializing in hot power yoga and personal growth.  In addition to teaching regular yoga classes, she also runs various workshops including Glowga, Yoga for Athletes and 40 Days To Personal Revolution.  40 Days, developed by Baron Baptiste, is a 6 week course on incorporating yoga, meditation, nutrition and personal reflection into your daily routine.  Tammy prides herself on creative and challenging yoga sequences with a class atmosphere of joy, support, presence and personal growth while using fun music and a multi-sensory savasana experience.  She has mentored several teachers and enjoys giving feedback to help teachers grow and find their full potential. 

WHITNEY MILLER, VINYASA & CREATIVE SEQUENCING MENTOR

Yoga helps me to step outside the box of my busy life and find freedom in mind, body, and spirit. I teach so that I can help others relax and connect to that same sense of space.  I became a certified yoga instructor through Open Doors in 2011 and a certified personal trainer in 2013, but I also have a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology from my degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

Authenticity as a yoga instructor is paramount in connecting with students and creating a meaningful class experience. I will help you delve deeper into your personal yoga and meditation practice and emerge with an authentic teaching presence and voice. We will work on designing fluid, fun, and well-balanced sequences, as well as setting tone and mood in class. 

 
Contact

Marissa Delisle, Director

MarissaDelisle0@gmail.com

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