At the Yoga Well Institute we believe that it is important to practice yoga every day and that the practice should be tailored to meet the individual goals, needs and capabilities of the person practicing. When you go to a group class, you do a general practice (one fit for the whole room) and thus you’ll get general results. However, if, every day, you do something specifically designed for your body and mind and life circumstances, etc. you will receive results specifically related to your body, your mind and your life. The power of an individually designed practice is incredible.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
– Albert Einstein
We also believe that it is not possible to design one’s own practice. The yoga tradition has been handed down in a series of individual relationships between teacher and student for millennia for a reason. Simply put, there is immense value in receiving input from a reliable outside reference, especially one who is more experienced than you and who cares about you.
The personal, one-to-one relationship you develop over time with a primary teacher who mentors you in developing and revising your practice is invaluable. We are so committed to this idea that we offer a free service to help you find a suitable mentor for your particular life circumstances, goals and journey.
Here’s how it works:
- Click here to schedule your free 30 minute consultation with our Director, Chase Bossart.
- As part of the process to schedule you’ll be asked to complete a short questionnaire.
- Answer the phone when Chase calls you at your scheduled time and talk with him about your interests, goals, history in yoga/meditation, location, etc.
- Chase will reflect on your conversation considering your personal journey and the qualified mentors he is acquainted with
- Within 1 week of your call, the Yoga Well Institute team will introduce you via email to the mentor Chase recommends.
- Then follow up with that person directly with a phone call or meeting and ask them about how they operate, what’s important for them in the student-teacher relationship, etc. if you get a good feeling from the interaction then set up your initial meeting.
- From there it is up to you and the mentor to build a yoga relationship that suits you both.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who should get a mentor?
A: Everyone! Ok. Ok. Anyone seeking healing, personal development or personal empowerment through yoga or meditation.
Q: Are there any requirements I must meet before I get a mentor?
A: Nope, you don’t need to be a Yoga teacher, a Yoga Well Institute student or even have ever attended a yoga class. You don’t need perfect health, etc. In fact, we often introduce people who are seeking to heal.
Q: Is there a catch? How is this service free?
A: We are committed to your journey, there is no catch, we don’t charge. It is worth noting, that you should expect to work out a financial exchange with your mentor. The cost will depend on how frequently you meet and is typically between $75 -$150 per hour, though some offer a sliding scale.
Q: What will a mentor do for me?
A: The short answer is this depends on the mentor and where you’re at in your journey. The more detailed answer is that yoga is a process of self empowerment. Your mentor is a mirror, they are someone who can help you to see yourself in ways that you couldn’t before. And to help you be more and more you. A mentor does not give you answers, tell you what to do in a given situation or even recommend a course of action. A mentor helps you to find your own answers. And they do this through the medium of experiences. They will, with your input, design a daily yoga practice to help and support you in whatever goals and needs you may have. This may include āsanas (physical movements/poses) and/or meditation practice(s), points or ideas of focus, prāṇāyāma (breath work) or a variety of other techniques. They won’t however explain why they’ve given you the practices they have. This is so that you can go and have the experiences and make the discoveries on your own!
Q: What is the time commitment to work with a mentor?
A: You should expect to meet with your mentor often at first, perhaps weekly or a couple times each month for several months. Over time, as your practice matures and your relationship develops, you will meet less frequently, perhaps monthly or even quarterly. We don’t recommend that you meet less frequently than once every 3 months.
Q: What if I don’t feel like the mentor I’ve been introduced to is a correct fit for me?
A: Very good question! These are introductions, not assignments. Sometimes, for lots of different reasons, the person doesn’t feel like the right person. Fine. No problem. Do not study with them. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you’re not comfortable with the introduction and you’d like another introduction. This is does happen occasionally and we’re very happy to give other introductions.
Q: How do I get started again?
A: Simple, click here to schedule your consultation and within weeks you’ll be introduced to a recommended mentor via email.